Underrated and Overrated Cities...

Old Mar 17th, 2003, 07:49 AM
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Underrated and Overrated Cities...

On the East coast.
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Old Mar 17th, 2003, 07:54 AM
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Just curious for vacation purposes.
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Old Mar 17th, 2003, 02:13 PM
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My vote for under-rated would be Providence.
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Old Mar 17th, 2003, 02:42 PM
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NOLA is under rated, we just got back and think everyone should see it once.
As far as east coast Williamsburg is over rated and boring.
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How is this for an idea for underrated places: Any city in the South (besides Atlanta) ---

Montgomery, Birmingham, Jackson some of the little towns on the Mississippi Delta where you can listen to great blues music. My husband and I drove all around the South (we're from Seattle) and totally enjoyed ourselves eating southern food, learning more about Civil Rights and some important pieces of history, talking to lots of different people. People thought we were crazy, but we LOVED it.

Overrated:
Can't think of any. Just places we've been to one too many times.
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Old Mar 17th, 2003, 04:31 PM
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Juneau, Alaska. Forget the east coast.
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Old Mar 19th, 2003, 01:12 PM
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Underrated-Pittsburgh! Expected smoke stacks, dirt etc. Instead I found great old architecture, good restaurants - a cosmopolitan city. Haven't been recently though.
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Old Mar 20th, 2003, 07:33 AM
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I apologize for a (deleted) post I made a few days ago. But I will point out how little you can draw from these types of posts by referencing "Len"'s post about Williamsburg.

I love (Colonial) Williamsburg. I've been going there for a few days at a time probably 5 times a year for 8 years now. I always learn new things about this country's early years, about the politics, society, religions. I really get my money's worth from my annual membership, listening to what the re-enactors have to say and asking questions.

And at the same time, I agree with Len about New Orleans. I really enjoy that city too and wish to return soon.

So "ratings" on places is really a matter if "different strokes" - and I doubt you'll really benefit much from such a general thread as this. Much better to just pick a city, do a search, and read the comments, and compare the plus and minus to a few other cities.

What cities have you been considering, Jodi?
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Old Mar 20th, 2003, 08:41 AM
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I think people's different and varying opinions about different cities are what makes good conversations. Its kind of like talking to the locals in a certain town on recommendations. In my opinion this type of advice seems to be the best.

I'm looking at visiting Atlant in May for the mid-town music festival and Charleston SC. I lived there for a couple of years and just love it. I'd also like to get up to new england in the fall. I've heard that Newport RI is wonderful.

Thanks to all for your opinions!
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Old Mar 20th, 2003, 02:01 PM
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Underrated: Burlington, Vermont
Overrated: New York City

This comes from a group of Canadians who travel regularly.
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Old Mar 20th, 2003, 02:56 PM
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Ohhh, I love Montreal!! It is such a beautiful city.

I find Sarasota Florida to be a great city - offers a lot to all ages.

Pittsburgh PA has cleaned up so well it's a wonderful place.

Charleston SC and Myrtle Beach are two of my favorite SC cities. One because it's such a classy southern town - the other because it's a FUN town with lots of theaters and restaurants and things to do.

Washington DC - I feel Washington has always been underrated - people do not give this city credit for the beauty and wealth of things available to them and most of it is FREE.
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Columbia is an underrated Southern city. The city has spent the past several years doing streetscapes and other urban renewal projects. The city is underway developing the riverfront into a massive greenbelt, connecting with similar projects underway in Cayce/West Columbia.

USC is also building a large research campus in downtown Columbia, with a "smart urban" design theme intended to increase the critical mass and walkability in the downtown area.
The Vista and Five Points are both interesting and happening nightlife options.

In five years, when these projects really begin to start taking effect, more people will start to notice Columbia. But for right now, I think its definitely a great underated East Coast city.
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