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Shopping for Rare Books in Portland, OR

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Portland, OR was recently voted the best city in America for bookstores. The rare-books section at Powell’s—the largest bookshop in the U.S.—is worth the pilgrimage for these extraordinary selections.

De Bello Judaico
Flavius Josephus, $12,500
Bound in parchment and decorated by hand, the oldest book at Powell’s dates to 1480—30 years after Gutenberg invented the printing press.

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A Guide to Miami's Nightlife Scene

Miami nightclub

Your itinerary for a hedonistic long weekend in Miami, named the number one destination for nightclubs (and singles) in this year's America's Favorite Places survey.

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Exploring the Outdoors in San Diego

Surfing in San Diego

The strategy in this SoCal hub: spend as much time outdoors as possible.

Surf: Our favorite place to catch a wave? Black’s Beach, a secluded cove ideal for pros. Arriving is a thrill all its own: it’s a steep 10-minute hike from the road down to the water. Near 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr.

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A Food Lover's Guide to New Orleans

New Orleans restaurants

Where to get your fix in the Big Easy, whether your tastes run toward the classic or the trendy.

Breakfast

Classic: Head to the frescoed Grill Room (300 Gravier St.; $$), at the recently revamped Windsor Court Hotel, for andouille-andcrayfish omelettes and some of the city’s best beignets.

Trendy: In the emerging Bywater neighborhood, Elizabeth’s (601 Gallier St.; $) is a down-home place to indulge. Signature dishes: candied praline bacon and bananas Foster–stuffed French toast.

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New York City's Top Galleries

Galerie Perrotin

NYC’s top galleries are as distinct in design as they are in profile. Below, four reasons why the Big Apple clinched the "Art Scene" category in this year's America's Favorite Cities survey.

Park & 75th: Larry Gagosian’s most recent opening is his most unusual: a 1,000-square-foot storefront with painted tin ceilings evocative of 1960’s SoHo. It showcases the unexpected, such as paintings by American filmmaker Harmony Korine.

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5 Reasons to Visit Providence Now

Providence, RI

This year’s overall America's Favorite Cities winner has a bit of everything: great food, an exciting bar scene, and endless curb appeal.

1. Because the city is a legitimate culinary capital.
Queue up for a table at North, a modern Asian hot spot by James Mark, a David Chang protégé, or book at Birch, an ambitious chef’s counter with a focus on local ingredients (whelks; quahogs; foraged herbs).

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Video: What Is Your Favorite U.S. City?

To celebrate this year’s America’s Favorite Cities feature, Travel + Leisure’s Sarah Spagnolo took to the New York City streets, asking travelers and locals about their favorite places in the U.S.A.

From Austin to San Francisco, Nashville, Miami, and more, travelers can’t get enough of America the Beautiful. Perhaps that’s why 97% of travelers are planning to explore this country this year. But why? For some, it’s the food (pizza in New York), while for others, it is the history and culture (case in point: Charleston, with roots that date back to the 17th century).

Now, it’s your turn to vote. In our annual America’s Favorite Places Survey, we go beyond our hometown, asking our readers everywhere to weigh in on cities, towns, and regions. Categories range from shopping to nightlife, and food and drink in destinations from California’s Wine Country to Providence, Rhode Island. Share your favorites in our survey, then tweet us with your thoughts using #TLCities. In December, we’ll reveal the results—may the best destination win!

 

Kansas City’s Best BBQ

Kansas City BBQ

K.C. didn’t invent barbecue—it perfected it. So says Doug Worgul, author of The Grand Barbecue. No surprise K.C.’s distinctive ’cue topped our America’s Favorite Cities survey. Worgul tells T+L where to get a bite.

“At Arthur Bryant’s (pictured; $$), the floors are greasy and it looks like the walls haven’t been painted in 20 years—but you won’t care once you try the brisket.”

“Major blues acts have played BB’s Lawnside BBQ ($$). Order the ribs; they’re not too sweet and not too spicy.”

“You can watch the meat being cooked outside at Woodyard Bar-B-Que ($). They do a really interesting smoked barbecue hamburger.”

For more survey results, see travelandleisure.com/afc.

Photo by Brooke Vandever

Why We Love Boston More Than Ever

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As we, and the rest of the country, wait for information about the horrific bombing in Boston yesterday, we'll be sending our hopes and prayers to that city's residents. We also want to take a moment to remember all the things we love about that classic American city and look forward to visiting there again soon.

There's a reason T+L's readers selected Boston as America's Favorite City in 2008: Steeped in history, Boston also has a cool, modern edge. What's not to like in a town that has beautiful parks like Boston Common, great museums like the Boston Children's Museum, historic waterfront areas, and beloved sports venues like Fenway Park? And, of course, great food, especially pizza. (Top among America's Best this year.) Need more reasons Boston is the best? The charming regional accents, the colleges, the college bars, and the amazing hotels.

For these and so many other reasons, we love Boston. To all our friends and readers there, we're thinking of you and we hope to see you soon. Yours is a world class city, and you mean the world to us.

Photo © Della Huff / Alamy

3 Great New Orleans Music Venues

New Orleans music

We asked Alison Fensterstock, a consultant for HBO’s Treme, for her top three venues in the Big Easy—winner for Best Music Scene in our America’s Favorite Cities survey.

D.B.A. has a great mix of local rock, soul, and brass in an intimate setting.”

“The corner of St. Claude and Elysian Fields is a burgeoning music district. Drop into Hi Ho Lounge for acoustic bluegrass.”

Saturn Bar, a dive in Bywater with a thrift-store feel, hosts casual sets from neighborhood musicians.”

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

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