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San Diego

2012-afc-san-diegoPhoto credit: Katie Shapiro

THE BEST...

THE WORST...

  • denotes a Top 10 ranking
  • denotes a Bottom 10 ranking
People
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
1 Athletic/active
2 Attractive
12 Diverse
5 Driving ability/Good drivers
13 Friendly
15 Intelligent
20 Charming local accent
14 Offbeat
16 Proud of their city
16 Passionate sports fan
11 Stylish
7 Tech-savvy
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
4 Base for day trips
21 Cultural getaway
3 Family vacation
9 Gay-friendly
5 Girlfriend getaways
2 Pet-friendly vacation
8 Romantic escape
11 Wild weekend
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
10 Cocktail lounges
9 Happy hour
16 Music scene
8 Singles scene
7 Sports bars
Culture
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
16 Classical music
10 Free attractions
19 Historical sites/monuments
17 Museums/galleries
14 Street performers
19 Theater/performance art
Shopping
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
21 Antique stores
15 Flea markets
14 Home decor and design stores
16 Independent boutiques
14 Luxury stores
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
13 Barbecue
9 Cafes
10 Coffee
9 Ethnic food
13 Fine-dining restaurants
4 Hamburgers
5 Ice cream
7 Microbrew beer
7 Pizza
10 Street food/Food trucks
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
26 Affordability
20 Architecture/Cool buildings
4 Cleanliness
9 Environmental friendliness
13 Range of hotel options
7 Peace and quiet
10 People-watching
5 Public parks and outdoor access
14 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
6 Safety
2 Weather
8 Wireless coverage
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
1 4th of July
6 Christmas
9 Fall
3 New Year's Eve
1 Spring Break
3 Summer
1 Valentine's Day
5 Winter
People
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
2 Athletic/active
3 Attractive
10 Diverse
1 Driving ability/Good drivers
15 Friendly
13 Intelligent
23 Charming local accent
16 Offbeat
12 Proud of their city
15 Passionate sports fan
10 Stylish
4 Tech-savvy
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
9 Base for day trips
20 Cultural getaway
1 Family vacation
8 Gay-friendly
7 Girlfriend getaways
3 Pet-friendly vacation
7 Romantic escape
9 Wild weekend
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
8 Cocktail lounges
8 Happy hour
17 Music scene
7 Singles scene
9 Sports bars
Culture
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
20 Classical music
10 Free attractions
20 Historical sites/monuments
15 Museums/galleries
16 Street performers
22 Theater/performance art
Shopping
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
23 Antique stores
12 Flea markets
14 Home decor and design stores
16 Independent boutiques
14 Luxury stores
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
13 Barbecue
11 Cafes
14 Coffee
8 Ethnic food
17 Fine-dining restaurants
4 Hamburgers
13 Ice cream
4 Microbrew beer
8 Pizza
12 Street food/Food trucks
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
26 Affordability
21 Architecture/Cool buildings
5 Cleanliness
10 Environmental friendliness
10 Range of hotel options
8 Peace and quiet
10 People-watching
3 Public parks and outdoor access
19 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
4 Safety
1 Weather
5 Wireless coverage
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
1 4th of July
9 Christmas
8 Fall
9 New Year's Eve
2 Spring Break
3 Summer
4 Valentine's Day
5 Winter
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