Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

Fodor's Travel Talk Forums (
-   Europe (
-   -   What Three American Cities Would You Recommend to Visitors From Another Country? (

Deena Aug 26th, 2000 01:48 PM

What Three American Cities Would You Recommend to Visitors From Another Country?
We hear a lot of recommendations about European cities you'd suggest to people visiting Europe. I'm curious to hear what three American cities you'd recommend to foreign visitors visiting the U.S. and why you'd recommend those cities.

russ i Aug 26th, 2000 02:08 PM

Definately San Francisco is my number one recommendation: For its scenic beauty; managable size; excellent transit system;diversity of communities; excellent hotels and restaurants; proximity to other areas such as Sonoma and Napa Valleys and the Central Coast. (And no, I'm not a SF native or resident).

Rex Aug 26th, 2000 02:13 PM

This is an interesting turn-about of a ridiculous question that gets asked here a lot - - and the answer - - as recently posted quite eloquently (by wes fowler, i think) - - requires throwing a question back at this question: WHY do you want to travel to America (or put any other destination here) at all? <BR> <BR>I often answer people's inquiries about the great CITIES of Europe by asking: why do you think you want to spend so much time in the CITIES? And just as much of the appeal of Europe is in rural regions and smaller towns, so is it true in America. <BR> <BR>So, I nominate Nashville, Indiana; Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Utah and Pleasant Hill ("Shakertown")Kentucky. And it wouldn't take me long to expand this list to dozens. <BR> <BR>And in keeping with the spirit of this question, I nominate the following three city-trios, based in part on geographical proximity: <BR> <BR>Boston-New York-Washington, DC (so obvious as to be almost silly) <BR> <BR>Miami-New Orleans-Chicago <BR> <BR>Santa Fe (does this count as a "city"?)-Los Angeles-San Francisco <BR> <BR>Best wishes, <BR> <BR>Rex

nancy Aug 26th, 2000 03:47 PM

New York City; <BR>Because it really is one of the most intense, vivid cities (good and bad) there is. <BR>Where else can you see so many famous people walking around. <BR>Where else can you find a young, shapely woman strolling down Columbus Ave. in Spike heels and a bikini, and **no-one** even blinks an eye! <BR>Stores that anything even created. <BR>People speaking dozens plus languages. <BR>Resturants of every description! and open round the clock? <BR>The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Fifth Ave., the Bowery. <BR>Broadway, a dozen museums, the Bronx Zoo.! <BR>I grew up outside the City, and went to highschool there. <BR>I moved away 30 yrs ago, but the impact that place on me , what can I say. <BR> <BR>Washington D.C. because of the sheer number of bureaucrates walking around, <BR>The monuments on the Mall, <BR>The *wonderful* museums covering a large number of interesting subjects. <BR> San Francisco, because it is so different from the above cities. <BR>

Jeff Aug 26th, 2000 06:45 PM

Ouch! From fantasy to fact. Deena, your query is more complex than it appears. Easy answer: NY, Chi, and LA. But, most of us don't live in those three cities. I suggest a "cowboy" or midwestern state must be represented to exploit and dispel the cowboy myth. My personal favorite would be Topeka. Not sexy, not large, but real, and Topeka welcomes foreign travelers. I would not suggest a foreign traveler need to stay a week in Topeka, but a lot can be learned from a smaller city in the U.S.

Linda Aug 26th, 2000 08:11 PM

If I had to pick three: <BR>Washington, D.C.--because it is the essence of the US & the Smithsonian is fantastic <BR>San Antonio, TX--because it is a unique city with lots to do & great day trips <BR>San Francisco, CA--because it is a beautiful & unique city

travelman Aug 26th, 2000 08:18 PM

It really depends what country you are from,having said thatI suggest New york city,San Diego,Las Vegas .

Dina Aug 26th, 2000 11:15 PM

In pairs again... <BR>East Coast- Boston, New York, Charleston <BR>Middle- Chicago, Minneapolis/St Paul, New Orleans <BR>West- San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe <BR>But I would also recommend seeing the country outside-- come to New York but don't miss the Hudson Valley (for example)

Ted Aug 27th, 2000 03:38 AM

New York, San Francisco and ... Cincinnati. Three cities that will show three sides of America.

Maira Aug 27th, 2000 04:39 AM

Deena---- the best thing about the United States is its diversity. So, if you had to pick a place that would showcase that, off the bat I would suggest NEW YORK CITY and SAN FRANCISCO. The third pick would be WASHINGTON, D.C. because of the intense and concentrated amount of U.S. history you can learn in a couple of miles radius. As far as the small town feeling, that's part of the magic of San Francisco...

Mary Ann Aug 27th, 2000 06:12 AM

Rex is right in that we usually ask why people want to travel or what are there interests. So here are trios based on interests: <BR> <BR>History- Boston, Washington DC, Charleston (with NY a side trip from Boston) <BR>Night Life/Pace - NY, Las Vegas San Francisco <BR>Nature- Bar Harbor Maine (accadia national Park - Denver (Rocky Mountains, mese verde) Hawaii <BR>Life styles - NY, Savanah, Santa Fe, <BR>Museums - Chicago, Washington DC, NY <BR>There are alot of other possibilities depending on the interests of travelers i.e. beaches etc. or combinations. <BR>

Maira Aug 27th, 2000 06:42 AM

I hate to be picky, but NY is a state, New York City (NYC) is the city. Either way, GREAT choice!

Beth Aug 27th, 2000 07:52 AM

I'd look at it from a seasonal standpoint: <BR>Winter - Denver, Salt Lake City Spring - Washington DC, San Antonio <BR>Summer - (Definitely the hardest to choose) Chicago for it's incredible lakefront and festivals, San Francisco for the great weather and scenery Fall - Niagara Falls/1000 Islands area (all about changing of the colors) Las Vegas - no 115 degree temps. and wonderful evenings for long walks <BR> <BR>It really is all about meeting the people and finding those little out of the way places you unexpectedly stumble into that become special memories you never forget. Pretty much the same as Europe in my opinion.

Art Aug 27th, 2000 08:25 AM

Maira it is pronounced Nyouk. <BR>I wouldn't recommend a city. Europe has all of the diversity and history that one needs. I would recoment the following: <BR>1. No Calif for the Giant Redwoods, seen no where else in the world. <BR>2. The Grand Canyan, also seen no where else in the world. <BR>3. Either Yosimity or Yellowstone/Grand Tetons (The French like the latter). <BR>

jane Aug 27th, 2000 08:34 AM

San Francisco! I'm lucky to have attended grad school near SF, and now live in So. Calif- close enough for a quick weekend in "the city" often with cheap air fares. Wonderful ethnic subdivisions in the city, the food is to die for, whether it be a quick snack from a deli or an elegant dinner at the Ritz. Views are great- try some of the bars at the tops of the hotels for "drinking with a view' after dinner. <BR> <BR>Other choices, Santa Fe, Seattle. Ditto w/ culture, food, landscape and views.

Bob Aug 27th, 2000 11:39 AM

I live in the San Franciso Bay Area and also travel to Europe frequently. I think anyone would enjoy this great city. My wife and I always comment how great it is to return from overseas and see the Golden Gate Bridge from the airplane. You cannot beat it. <BR> <BR>Chicago is another favorite city to visit as is the beauty of Seattle.

Sjoerd Aug 27th, 2000 01:27 PM

Maybe as a European I may answer this question also, or at least give my opinion on the places that I have visited: <BR>New York City: great, wonderful, I would love to go back. So much to see and do and the diversity is wonderful. <BR>Washington DC: nice city with some good neighbourhoods. Good museums. <BR>Atlanta: hot, humid, no thanks. <BR>Orlando: horrible. <BR>New Orleans: nice for a day or two, then move on. <BR>Denver: nice, clean city. Not much to do, but still a nice place to see. <BR>San Francisco: wonderful scenery, and excellent food. <BR>Los Angeles: too big for me and you need a car for everything. <BR>San Diego: I liked it there, friendly people. <BR>Las Vegas: everyone needs to go there at least once. Did not know there was so much bad taste in the world. An experience. <BR>Next time I would like to go to Chicago, Boston and/or Seattle. <BR> <BR>

Jenna Aug 27th, 2000 04:14 PM

Being from the East, I guess I'm prejudiced, but my three are: <BR>NYC- 'nuff said <BR> <BR>Washington, DC - great museums, great history, great Metro (I'm serious that the subway system's important!:)) <BR> <BR>Any of the coastal cities like Annapolis, MD, with great seafood and that ocean flair. I know that's not a very good description but there's something special about these Eastern ports. <BR> <BR> Also, though I know there was a post on the US board trashing it, I love Philadelphia. It has such charm and life.

Amurkin Aug 27th, 2000 04:25 PM

How about the less obvious and more typical: Portland, Maine; Savannah, Georgia; Omaha, Nebraska -- then perhaps Little Rock, Portland Oregon, Phoenix. <BR> <BR>Trying to get away from the American version of the Great World City and focus on regional metropolises that reflect something of the American culture in their neck of the woods.

Marcie Aug 27th, 2000 04:28 PM

Boy what a difficult question! I believe I'd pass on NYC and instead opt for Chicago because there is so much to do, it's safe and clean. Las Vegas would probably also be a choice just because it is such a one of a kind (but not in the middle of summer) and then my 3rd choice would be San Francisco (San Diego is a close 4th choice though).

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:38 PM.