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Old 10-11-2017, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Milwaukee. I had a negative idea of what the city was until we had a job opportunity there and actually began to research it. I was sold after I visited in person. Great location on Lake Michigan, nice down town, lots to do, and who can complain about all the beer? We're moving there in a month.
I liked Milwaukee too. It hit some of my expectation bullet points, and there was a pretty drab/depressed part along the river that IMO should have been nicer, but overall I was pleasantly surprised by the feel of the city, and could see myself living there in an alternate universe.
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Denver: As others have mentioned, it doesn't conform to the image occasionally conjured by boosters/advertisers. It's an active/outdoorsy midwestern/plains city with legal weed and built at a high elevation. Nothing wrong with that, it's a cool city, but it's no 'metropolis in the mountains' or anything.

Las Vegas: Nicer than it's reputation implies and really quite fun. Too many people write it off as 'sleazy, gaudy casinos in the desert' and that's not representative of everything the city/region has to offer.

Los Angeles: Far more blue-collared and gritty than is portrayed/assumed. (Hollywood bears a lot of this blame)

Orlando: Let's just say it's no 'magic kingdom'.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Miami. Didn't have a lot of expectations, but it's a really dirty city and I just didn't like it. The skyline was pretty from the cruise ship leaving the port. But honestly, the city was disgusting. I probably won't ever go back.

The city I liked the most was San Francisco. Being in the conservative heartland you'd think SF was some craphole, but it's actually a really nice city. It's cleaner then Miami, NYC, or Chicago. I didn't see anything crazy happening like people urinating in the streets. The people were the friendliest I've seen in a US city. I spent 6 days there and loved it. Too bad real estate is so darn expensive or I'd have a condo there, but I can easily see why the demand is so high.
I definitely disagree with you that San Fran is cleaner than Chicago. If you're talking about downtown, I don't hear many people say that. I say this, not as a homer, and as someone who loves San Francisco, but I was surprised how dirty parts of the downtown were. I was blown away by the city's natural beauty. I was also surprised by just how cool and friendly people from San Fran were. I was there for work and went to a couple restaurants and bars, and people just struck up conversations and were really friendly. Even the Uber drivers were hella cool.

Boston was another good surprise. Awesome urban city with a historic look and field, and great natural urban beauty.

City that was a little underwhelming was Denver. Was only there for a couple of days for a conference, but in my exploring of downtown, I wasn't over-impressed based on what I had heard.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:17 PM
 
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Denver: As others have mentioned, it doesn't conform to the image occasionally conjured by boosters/advertisers. It's an active/outdoorsy midwestern/plains city with legal weed and built at a high elevation. Nothing wrong with that, it's a cool city, but it's no 'metropolis in the mountains' or anything.

Las Vegas: Nicer than it's reputation implies and really quite fun. Too many people write it off as 'sleazy, gaudy casinos in the desert' and that's not representative of everything the city/region has to offer.

Los Angeles: Far more blue-collared and gritty than is portrayed/assumed. (Hollywood bears a lot of this blame)

Orlando: Let's just say it's no 'magic kingdom'.
I didn't know LA was stereotyped as being swanky.

If anything, I see the reverse problem where people think it's still like 1992 with high crime
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:26 PM
 
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Nashville, TN - I found it to have a veneer of sophistication that I didn't expect from a mid-tier Sunbelt city. Really a lovely place.

Birmingham, AL - really grew on me over time; has been able to shake off some of its grimy, industrial image over time and has some lovely neighborhoods on the Southside. The fact that downtown sat moribund for so long affords it a nice inventory of older and interesting buildings and great potential for future development. The hilly, green topography gives it a lot of appeal as well; driving out of its flat downtown and into the rolling hills of the Southside neighborhoods somewhat reminded me of Los Angeles. Plus, Birmingham's dining scene was a pleasant surprise.

Orlando, FL - The presence of tourist attractions isn't nearly as overwhelming as one might surmise, and it has one of the most immaculate downtowns of any metro of that size that I've visited. The multitude of lakes and massive oaks give it a serene, park-like feel; I was also surprised by the wonderful street life I witnessed in its close-in neighborhoods, complete with outdoor cafes and watering holes. Very Parisienne.

Philadephia, PA - Always seems to get lost in the BosWash shuffle, but I found it to have a very distinct character relative to other Northeastern cities. I love the sense of history that it has, and the residential neighborhoods there are some of the prettiest in the U.S.
I much prefer Philadelphia over Boston
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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Agree on that... worst airport I've ever flown with.
Miami Airport is the only place in America where they actually get irate if you don't speak Spanish.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Lol damn, a ton of people dropping Denver here. It's one of those cities I'd like to visit and have heard nothing but great things about. This is interesting...
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:55 AM
 
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I have family in Denver and would visit almost every other year. Granted, my family lived in Arapahoe County, but they would drive the family into the city. It didn't seem very impressive or so different from home. It was only when I started frequenting this website that I found out that Denver had such an amazing reputation as a city.
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Old 10-12-2017, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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I have family in Denver and would visit almost every other year. Granted, my family lived in Arapahoe County, but they would drive the family into the city. It didn't seem very impressive or so different from home. It was only when I started frequenting this website that I found out that Denver had such an amazing reputation as a city.
I liked Denver but it was just okay for me, best thing about Denver is that it is close to the mountains and Boulder and other cool towns.
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:57 AM
 
Location: The Windy City
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Minneapolis - No idea what I was expecting. Upon arriving, I saw lots of greenery/trees, parks, people out biking/jogging, cool neighborhoods. It's one of my favorite cities in the country.
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