Aug. 18, 2016 — Oscar Wilde never visited Houston, Texas, but he might as well have. “Crying is for plain women,” he reportedly quipped. “Pretty women go shopping.” And the lovely ladies (and men) of Houston do a lot of shopping. Whether at luxury megamalls or one-of-a-kind boutiques, they have endless retail options to keep them looking pretty.
So too, do residents of Scottsdale, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. No surprise then, that in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 America’s Favorite Places survey, each of these merchandise meccas earn high praise for their gorgeous locals.
In the annual America's Favorite Places survey, readers of all stripes evaluate hundreds of cities and towns across a range of categories, from the friendliness of the locals to the quality of the pizza. Unlike Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards, which encourages readers to weigh in on travel experiences across the globe, the America's Favorite Places survey is a way for locals to share what their hometowns do best.
These factors take different forms in each city. Bronzed surfers dot the coastlines of some, while ski-bunnies race down the mountains near others. The fine foodies in one town enjoy some of the country’s best barbecue, while those in another dine at restaurants from the world’s most famous chefs. And a Friday evening means drinking local beers for some of America’s best looking people, but attending a world-class symphony performance for others.
Travel + Leisure’s America’s Favorite Places survey opened on 10/8/2015 and closed on 04/15/2016. It was open to everyone, and ran alongside a sweepstakes. The open-response survey asked respondents to submit their favorite place and rate it in over 65 categories, including affordability, notable restaurants, and public parks. Cities are defined as governed bodies with a population over 100,000.