More than 125,000 people (visitors and residents) voted for the 2008 America’s Favorite Cities survey, organized by Travel+Leisure Magazine and CNN Headline News. They asked their subscribers to rank the top US cities below in several categories, based on food and shopping, people, culture, nightlife, and other criteria. After four weeks, eliminatory rounds declared Boston as overall winner, which trounced San Francisco to win the 2008 title.
Rankings in specific categories, such as People, Type of Trip, Nightlife, Culture, Shopping, Food/Dining, Quality of Life & Overall Visitor Experience, Holiday Travel, will be separately presented.
Boston ranked fourth for notable neighborhoods. Travelers also gave Boston high ratings for its cultural offerings, including classical music, museums and galleries, and historic sites and monuments.
2. San Francisco
San Francisco was first for its notable neighborhoods. Its lowest mark was for affordability. The city also ranked well for local boutiques, specialty stores and farmer’s markets, cafés and coffee shops, and destination restaurants.
3. New York
New York has been eliminated in the “semifinals”, along Chicago, San Diego and Honolulu. Boston was preferred to New York and Chicago, while San Francisco was favorite compared to San Diego and Honolulu.
So here is how these top 25 American cities did, after the four eliminatory rounds:
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