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Old 07-06-2017, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Fox Cities, Wisconsin
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And which ones have you visited or even lived in? Which has been your favorite?

I am also referring to downtowns of cities that have more than 300,000 people in the city itself (not including the metro area).

Favorite large downtowns I've been to in order


1. Chicago, IL
2. Nashville, TN
3. Milwaukee, WI
4. Atlanta, GA
5. Tampa, FL
6. Indianapolis, IN
7. Minneapolis, MN
8. Louisville, KY
9. St. Paul, MN
10. St. Louis, MO

Top 10 Large downtowns I would like to visit one day

1. New York, of course
2. Philadelphia, PA
3. Boston, MA
4. Phoenix, AZ
5. Houston, TX
6. Seattle, WA
7. Charlotte, NC
8. Washington, DC
9. Cincinnati, OH
10. San Francisco, CA
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Old 07-07-2017, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Wow, you're missing some epic cities. Better get traveling!

Make sure you explore more than just the centers of cities like NY, DC, San Francisco, Boston. There are so many interesting neighborhoods, history, and hidden gems in those cities, the touristy parts are usually the worst.

I've been to a lot of cities, but still want to get to Savannah, New Orleans, and Portland (Oregon). I'd also like to explore Seattle more.
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:00 PM
 
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I lived in Philadelphia and it was my favorite in US along with San Francisco
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:10 AM
 
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Make sure you explore more than just the centers of cities like NY, DC, San Francisco, Boston. There are so many interesting neighborhoods, history, and hidden gems in those cities, the touristy parts are usually the worst.
I agree, DC especially. Many tend to visit just the varying monuments, Capitol and Smithsonian Museums then declare they're done. There is so much more to the city than that with really cool neighborhoods and architectural styles not seen in most US cities.
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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San Diego -- because it's the only major U S city I haven't managed to visit. The reasons probably lie in my hobby interests; (I'm a railroad and heavy-industry buff, and except for the Navy, San Diego never had much of either).
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:53 AM
 
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San Diego -- because it's the only major U S city I haven't managed to visit. The reasons probably lie in my hobby interests; (I'm a railroad and heavy-industry buff, and except for the Navy, San Diego never had much of either).
San Diego Downtown is bland and boring
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Old 07-08-2017, 10:27 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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San Diego Downtown is bland and boring
No it's not. Lots of activities usually going on, bayfront, neighborhood festivals and areas to explore. Massive development going on right now transforming the city even more. Just like about every other big city, better than many, not as great as some.

I still need to explore Chicago. I've been there as a very young kid but now as mature adult, urban animal and architect I need to explore what is a great built environment and dynamic Midwestern city. I have some great friends who live there so it's only a matter of time.
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Old 07-08-2017, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I'll be taking Chicago off my to-do list next week. Going there for training and staying in The Loop.
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Old 07-08-2017, 10:32 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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I'll be taking Chicago off my to-do list next week. Going there for training and staying in The Loop.
Nice! You'll have to let us know how you liked it.
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Old 07-08-2017, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Fox Cities, Wisconsin
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Wow, you're missing some epic cities. Better get traveling!

Make sure you explore more than just the centers of cities like NY, DC, San Francisco, Boston. There are so many interesting neighborhoods, history, and hidden gems in those cities, the touristy parts are usually the worst.

I've been to a lot of cities, but still want to get to Savannah, New Orleans, and Portland (Oregon). I'd also like to explore Seattle more.
Oh, I know! I have a lot of traveling to do! Luckily I'm still (relatively) young, haha.

I definitely will make sure I will do so then. I made that mistake for the longest time when I was in Chicago. But in my most recent visits to Chicago, I began to explore beyond the "touristy" areas and it made Chicago even more enjoyable for me. Which is why it is my clear cut #1 favorite large downtown I've visited.
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