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Old 03-03-2013, 05:55 PM
 
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The term "nicest" is very general, but in your travels throughout the years what do people believe is the "nicest city" in the United States?
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Are you talking in terms of people being nice or are you talking about in terms of "oh **** these buildings are nice..." and/or "OH man I love the restaurants and bars here.."?
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:34 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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Niceville, Florida...or Nice, California...depends on who you ask.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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Are you talking in terms of people being nice or are you talking about in terms of "oh **** these buildings are nice..." and/or "OH man I love the restaurants and bars here.."?
Based on the cities appearance and ammenities
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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The term "nicest" is very general, but in your travels throughout the years what do people believe is the "nicest city" in the United States?
I like California college towns. Where you can be in the middle of nowhere, but find an educated population with cool stuff to do. So maybe San Luis Obispo.

As for "cities", maybe Minneapolis.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:06 PM
 
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Denver. It's in a beautiful setting with a vibrant downtown area, lots of social/recreational amenities and generally nice people.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Based on the cities appearance and ammenities
Ah. I'd have to say...San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, NYC, Boston, DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Boise, Tacoma, Spokane, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, etc..for me at least. I think it's impossible to choose just one. There's a number of cities that fit the bill IMO.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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I offer San Francisco. What an amazing combination of tourist-friendly accommodation and local-proud eccentricity. Here, a world-class dinner is just fine in jeans and a hoodie, if you're local. A famous cityscape blends seamlessly with steam bear, fresh crab and flip-flops. You have an instant bond with anyone wearing orange and black between the months of March and November. The weather pulls a daily performance that amazes, delights, confounds and inspires people. There's a live-and-let-live attitude that fosters individuality. There's an amazing vista around every corner. There is breathtaking architecture set against amazing natural scenery. There's a food culture inspired by every continent on the planet, yet grounded by a local sensibility of fresh, natural foods unlike anywhere in the world. The creative culture's influences are palpable. There are gathering places and intensely urban spaces that reinforce the fact that this is a world-class city, comfotably alongside wilderness and untouched nature, which reinforces the wildness of the area. There's sophisticated urbanity and rustic naturalism side-by-side. There's bright lights and breathtaking natural vistas. The temperature is comfortable year-round. There is opportunity and a spirit of creativity and entrepreneurialism. There are day trips available in every direction. Water runs clean and clear out of the tap. The place has style and character. People across the country talk themselves into accepting other cities' approximations of SF, as decent compromises, secretly wishing they had the daily affirmation SF provides the faithful. In other words, San Francisco is nice.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:39 AM
 
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I offer San Francisco. What an amazing combination of tourist-friendly accommodation and local-proud eccentricity. Here, a world-class dinner is just fine in jeans and a hoodie, if you're local. A famous cityscape blends seamlessly with steam bear, fresh crab and flip-flops. You have an instant bond with anyone wearing orange and black between the months of March and November. The weather pulls a daily performance that amazes, delights, confounds and inspires people. There's a live-and-let-live attitude that fosters individuality. There's an amazing vista around every corner. There is breathtaking architecture set against amazing natural scenery. There's a food culture inspired by every continent on the planet, yet grounded by a local sensibility of fresh, natural foods unlike anywhere in the world. The creative culture's influences are palpable. There are gathering places and intensely urban spaces that reinforce the fact that this is a world-class city, comfotably alongside wilderness and untouched nature, which reinforces the wildness of the area. There's sophisticated urbanity and rustic naturalism side-by-side. There's bright lights and breathtaking natural vistas. The temperature is comfortable year-round. There is opportunity and a spirit of creativity and entrepreneurialism. There are day trips available in every direction. Water runs clean and clear out of the tap. The place has style and character. People across the country talk themselves into accepting other cities' approximations of SF, as decent compromises, secretly wishing they had the daily affirmation SF provides the faithful. In other words, San Francisco is nice.
Well said. San Fran very well could be the nicest city in the US. It's a shame that in 2-3 years that overdue megaquake will tear the city in half
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:08 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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My thoughts gravitate to cities that have overall a resort feel:

Santa Barbara, CA (my favorite)
Naples, FL
Santa Fe, NM
Charleston, SC
Palm Beach, FL
Asheville, NC

As far as large metros go, my favorites:

Boston
New Orleans
Austin
San Diego
San Francisco
Portland
Seattle
Denver
Minneapolis
Chicago
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