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Condé Nast Traveler's Top US Cities (PHOTOS)

Posted: 10/17/2012 7:45 am

This story originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveler: Top 10 Cities in the United States

To see more results from Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards, click here.

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  • 12. SAVANNAH, GA

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 77.6</strong> Ambience: 89.6 Friendliness: 87.8 Lodging: 75.4 Restaurants: 81.0 Culture/Sites: 85.2 Shopping: 54.0 When it comes to Savannah, "it's got it all," said one reader. With history, art, shopping, nightlife, and "delicious food," "you can't have a bad time." For yet another year, Savannah places on our list of Top 10 Cities in the United States, but dropped a few places from number 7. <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/top-100-hotels-resorts-photos-slideshow?bid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The Top 100 Hotels in the World</a></strong> <em>Courtesy iStock Photo</em>

  • 11. CARMEL, CA

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 77.6</strong> Ambience: 94.6 Friendliness: 73.4 Lodging: 80.0 Restaurants: 86.3 Culture/Sites: 67.9 Shopping: 69.2 By far the smallest city on our list, Carmel, Calif. has a big personality with "endless charm and beauty." The city is known for their "quaint cottages and shops," but the restaurants and "artsy boutiques" make for a great weekend getaway. What may garner Carmel the most attention however, are the "picturesque" and "romantic" ocean views. <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler/readers-choice-awards/caribbean/top-10-islands-caribbean?mbid=synd_huffpo " target="_hplink">The Top 10 Caribbean Islands</a></strong> <em>Courtesy iStock Photo</em>

  • 12. BOSTON, MA

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 77.6</strong> Ambience: 83.1 Friendliness: 56.9 Lodging: 76.4 Restaurants: 84.8 Culture/Sites: 91.3 Shopping: 72.3 Boston is a city "rich in history," boasting "great accommodations and wonderful restaurants." With plenty to see, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, and Boston Common, the city is a regular on our list. If you're not up for a walk around town, kick back and relax on a Duck Boat tour or catch a Red Socks game at Fenway Park. <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler/readers-choice-awards/united-states/top-resorts-hotels-hawaii-usa-photos?mbid=synd_huffpo " target="_hplink">The Top 25 Resorts in Hawaii</a></strong> <em>Courtesy iStock Photo</em>

  • 9. SEATTLE, WA

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 78.</strong>2 Ambience: 84.4 Friendliness: 75.0 Lodging: 77.8 Restaurants: 85.1 Culture/Sites: 75.8 Shopping: 70.0 For yet another year, Seattle grabs ninth place on our list of Top 10 Cities in the United States with the "galleries, museums, and Space Needle," but also offers great "people watching." The "ample" restaurants, coffee shops, music venues, and shopping, make Seattle a lively city and the views of Olympic National Park make you never feel too far from nature. <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/transportation/top-25-airlines?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">Top 25 Airlines</a></strong> <em>Courtesy iStock Photo</em>

  • 8. NEW ORLEANS, LA

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 78.4</strong> Ambience: 82.3 Friendliness: 79.8 Lodging: 72.1 Restaurants: 90.9 Culture/Sites: 84.9 Shopping: 54.9 "The Big Easy" is quickly becoming a major tourist destination having secured a spot on our list of Top 10 Cities in the United States for the first time in ages. After a few years in flux, New Orleans is becoming "a magical city." It also doesn't hurt that our readers believe that they have "the best food in the U.S., with live music around every corner." <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/united-states/best-hotels-resorts-accommodations-las-vegas-nevada-photos?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">Top 15 Hotels and Resorts in Las Vegas</a></strong> Courtesy iStock Photo

  • 7. NAPA, CA

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 79.1</strong> Ambience: 91.0 Friendliness: 80.2 Lodging: 81.7 Restaurants: 92.1 Culture/Sites: 72.4 Shopping: 50.3 Known as one of the finest wine regions in the world, Napa also has the cuisine to match. Home to French Laundry, one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the world, Napa rivals any big city on cuisine. And the rolling hills with endless grapevines make the "mini Tuscany," "one of the most beautiful places on earth," which is why Napa made our list. <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/united-states/top-15-resorts-northern-california-usa?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">Top 15 Resorts in Northern California</a></strong> <em>Courtesy iStock Photo</em>

  • 6. HONOLULU, HI

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 80.4</strong> Ambience: 85.1 Friendliness: 81.8 Lodging: 83.9 Restaurants: 78.6 Culture/Sites: 83.4 Shopping: 72.6 The endless beaches and constant sunshine helped Honolulu place on our list of Top 10 Cities in the United States. The "genuine friendliness and hospitality" of the people make Honolulu a major draw, and the ocean views and fresh seafood "can't be beat." <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler/readers-choice-awards/united-states/top-resorts-hotels-hawaii-usa-photos?mbid=synd_huffpo " target="_hplink">The Top 25 Resorts in Hawaii</a></strong> <em>Courtesy iStock Photo</em>

  • 5. NEW YORK, NY

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 81.6</strong> Ambience: 82.0 Friendliness: 47.8 Lodging: 76.0 Restaurants: 92.9 Culture/Sites: 94.0 Shopping: 91.9 It's no surprise that the city of lights made our list of Top 10 Cities in the United States. The City is "electric," with something to do around every corner. Aside from the Broadway shows, Central Park, Times Square, shopping, and dining, "no city gets you more in the holiday spirit than New York." <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/united-states/best-hotels-in-new-york-city-2012?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The Top 25 Hotels in New York City</a></strong> <em>Courtesy iStock Photo</em>

  • 4. SANTA FE, NM

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 82.0</strong> Ambience: 91.0 Friendliness: 78.7 Lodging: 80.3 Restaurants: 86.3 Culture/Sites: 88.4 Shopping: 72.6 With Santa Fe dating back to the early 1600s, there is plenty of history to soak in. "Go for the atmosphere, architecture, food, and open spaces," or "take a whole day to explore the galleries." Our readers found Santa Fe to be "pure magic;" a "heaven where souls vacation." <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/united-states/top-25-hotels-southwest-usa?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The Top 25 Hotels in the Southwest</a></strong> <em>Courtesy iStock Photo</em>

  • 3. CHICAGO, IL

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 83.6</strong> Ambience: 81.0 Friendliness: 66.1 Lodging: 82.6 Restaurants: 90.0 Culture/Sites: 87.3 Shopping: 86.3 The "terrific architecture" and "great ethnic food" help make Chicago a must-see city, landing it a place on our list. The restaurants, skyscrapers, museums, waterfront, and more make Chicago a "perfect city for solo, friend, family, or romantic getaways." <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/united-states/best-hotels-resorts-in-the-usa-2012#slide=1?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The Top 10 Hotels in the United States</a></strong> <em>Courtesy iStock Photo</em>

  • 2. SAN FRANCISCO, CA

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 83.8</strong> Ambience: 89.5 Friendliness: 66.1 Lodging: 81.3 Restaurants: 92.5 Culture/Sites: 90.7 Shopping: 81.8 The City on the Bay nabbed second place with its "world of culture" and "class." "I left my heart..." said one reader, which may have something to do with the "great art museums, opera, food, symphony, and beautiful neighborhoods." <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/europe/top-15-resorts-europe?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The Top 15 Resorts in Europe</a></strong> <em>Courtesy iStock Photo</em>

  • 1. CHARLESTON, SC

    <strong>Readers' Choice Rating: 86.7</strong> Ambience: 93.5 Friendliness: 91.5 Lodging: 85.8 Restaurants: 90.0 Culture/Sites: 89.6 Shopping: 72.4 With the "best beaches in the southeast," it's no wonder Charleston took first place in our list of Top 10 Cities in the United States. The seaside proximity doesn't just allow for some picturesque views, but for some one-of-a-kind seafood as well. "The food, history, architecture and people are wonderful," said one reader. "A bucket list city!" <strong>Read More: <a href="http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/united-states/top-40-hotels-south-usa?mbid=synd_huffpo" target="_hplink">The Top 40 Hotels in the South</a></strong> Courtesy iStock Photo

 

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