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Old 10-05-2017, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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You are a travel agent abroad (outside North America). You have organized the

SEE AND UNDERSTAND AMERICA GRAND TOUR

Your tour will include only FIVE U.S. CITIES

These cities have been chosen by you because they are the five to give someone the best understanding of what the United States is all about. There are no other criteria.

List your five cities and for each give commentary as to why each helps gain an understanding of what the US is all about..
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:18 AM
 
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1. Houston/Galveston --- No Tourists so you see the real America.
2. DFW Metroplex --- Generica with a Texas Twang.
3. Orlando/Vegas --- Depending on the group that's going (nightlife oriented vs family oriented)
4. San Fransicko Bay Area --- To see the madness that is the left.
5. Washington D.C. --- The Great Parisite
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Old 10-05-2017, 11:40 AM
 
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1. Houston/Galveston --- No Tourists so you see the real America.
2. DFW Metroplex --- Generica with a Texas Twang.
3. Orlando/Vegas --- Depending on the group that's going (nightlife oriented vs family oriented)
4. San Fransicko Bay Area --- To see the madness that is the left.
5. Washington D.C. --- The Great Parisite
Mud in your eye, dixie!

A more reasonable list:

1. Washington
2. New York
3. Los Angeles
4. Chicago
5. Miami? Houston? S.F.? I don't know.
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:05 PM
 
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Boston, NYC, DC, Chicago and SF.
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:09 PM
 
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Boston, NYC, DC, Chicago and SF.
Great list, maybe the best one anyone could come up with, although I could see including LA, and perhaps leaving out Boston or DC...

Houston? Dallas? Galveston? A colossal waste of time.
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:09 PM
 
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Boston, NYC, DC, Chicago and SF.
So a "See and Understand America" tour would only include the coasts + Chicago?
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Great question! Love it!

These cities have been chosen by you because they are the five to give someone the best understanding of what the United States is all about. There are no other criteria.

If the above is the true criteria, then it would be fun to put together many packages for your travelers. Couldn't cover and explain the USA with 5 of its cities, but could definitely try to give a sample. I am going to cheat just a tiny bit and choose 2 or 3 representatives (big and small cities) from the 4 major subregions of the USA for both city lovers and natural wonders:

Northeast
#1 NYC - what a better introduction to the US other than our biggest and most diverse city that is alive 24/7 and represented in movies, music, etc. It represents the diversity of the USA and also the abilities of man, his skyscrapers/infrastructure, and his creations with incorporation of central park and nature.
(OR)
# 2 Washington DC - our nation's capital and cultural opportunities abound. Represents our government, our diversity again, importance to education, and great monuments/museums for tourists.
(AND)
Portland, ME - see the American lobster fisherman catch his bounty in some of the most beautiful cliffs of the eastern seaboard

Midwest
#1 Chicago - another major representation of the USA and the midwest. The grittiness, the metal, the history of slaughterhouses, the architecture, the taming of the river (to make it run in reverse), the food, baseball are all very representative of the USA in my mind. May not want to pick this one if picked #1 or #2 from the above as you may have gotten your fill of large cities.
(OR)
# 2 Kansas City - again, very representative of the midwest in my mind with barbecue, blues, beer, baseball, progressive gigabit internet, walkability, etc. Runner ups St. Louis and Cleveland/Cincinnati
(AND)
Green Bay, WI - visit to Lambeau field and eat some cheese curds in small town America. Runner Ups: visit the lakes of Missouri


South (very tough category)
# 1 Miami - I think a must see of our melting pot of South American, Caribbean, African cultures. Beautiful beaches. Great food. Interesting nightlife.
(OR)
#2 Atlanta - stronghold of CNN, Coke, African American culture, great foods, and a wonderful city with progressive bike route around town.
(OR)
#3 New Orleans - history, Creole culture and food, jazz/music, southern culture
(AND)
Hot Springs, AK - this is where Bill Clinton is from; every tourist knows Bill! Runner up, Savannah, GA

(I realize I left TX out! I can't decide! But a tourist must definitely visit Texas!)

West (very very tough category)
#1 San Diego - tourist friendly, relaxing, beautiful beaches, great Mexican food, surfer culture
(OR)
#2 San Francisco - tourist friendly, can be relaxing or upbeat, large city, close to wine culture of America, tech culture, diversity
(AND)
#3 Seattle - port city, nothing like the Sound, Mt. Rainier close by, trips out the San Juans, Microsoft/Boeing/Amazon
(OR)
#4 Portland - a friendlier and smaller version of Seattle and PNW culture, weird/quirky, beer central
(AND)
Anchorage, AK or Honolulu, HI - to show the extent of the US empire and the vast geographies that the country commands

Whew! Hope the OP isn't offended by my quick, superficial analysis with some cheating!
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:32 PM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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1) Bay Area or LA

Covers West Coast/ California/ Hollywood or Silicon Valley

2) Denver

Covers the Mountain West/ Great plains. New clean city that is thriving.

3) Columbus

Covers generic America as well as about anywhere.

I would like to add a southern city, but they are either 1) too regional and unique (NOLA, Charleston, Savannah ) or 2) they are like Dallas,Houston and Atlanta in that they are fairly "typical American" but not as much so as Columbus.

4) Chicago

Covers the big city while being more typical American than NYC

5) Baltimore

Gives you the east coast, but also has some rustbelt/ post industrial elements.


Another option would be to pick 4 very unique cities like Boston, San Francisco, NOLA, NYC + a more "All American" type city to fill out the 5th spot.
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:34 PM
 
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Boston, NYC, DC, Chicago and SF.
This.
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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1) NYC come on it's NYC !

2) LA just to get their false notion about Hollywood out of their system and see that LA does have some " higher culture "

3) Phoenix, not so much the city but the area up to the Grand Canyon etc

4) Austin

5) Miami
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