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Old 11-30-2018, 10:53 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Any list, IMO, should have more of a eastern-southern bias since 60% of the country's population lives east of the Mississippi and roughly 33% in the Southern U.S. I chose Ft. Worth because it straddles southern/western cultural lines and also has a large Hispanic population. I chose KC because it straddles the South, the Midwest and the Great Plains. Wilkes-Barre captures the post-industrial Northeast while sharing some cultural similarities to the Coast and Mid-Atlantic. Lansing, I thought, would be run of the mill Upper Midwestern suburbia.

It's extremely difficult to say what is "typical" America because it's such a big country. I thought about including a city from the West Coast or PNW, but many are so demographically different from the rest of the country. Maybe Denver would be a better choice over KC since you'd be picking up more western influence but also the Plains.

What are your 5?
Oh, you had to ask! I don't know how to "best" represent the US. Most of us live in urban areas as defined by the census bureau, that is, cities and their suburbs. I think suburban is more representative than the cities in that most people in an urban area live in the burbs.

So, maybe . . .
Suburban DC, e.g. this Crystal City where Amazon is going in
Suburban Chicago-Naperville which is often named on of American's "best places".
Suburban Denver-of course, my suburb, Louisville, Colorado. (Has also been ranked #1 several times by "Money" magazine)
Some Texas city/suburb
Suburban LA. I'm not real familiar with its burbs except for Pasadena, and that's pretty upscale.

Five isn't very many for the whole US. Ten would probably be easier.
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Old 11-30-2018, 11:01 PM
 
Location: SF, CA
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NY, of course.
LA, of course.
New Orleans
Salt Lake City
Des Moines
And if that hypothetical tourist comes back for a second five-cities visit,

Portland, Maine
Chicago
Miami
San Antonio
San Francisco

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Old 12-01-2018, 12:32 AM
 
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New York
Chicago
LA
Seattle
Atlanta
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Good topic and good question

I'll say these 5--tough choice though:

1) Denver, CO: Wide open western views, rocky mountain views, dynamic growing city with a strong history of the cowboy and gateway to the west.

2) Indianapolis, IN: Great midwestern, middle sized yet bigger city. Not too rough, not too safe, not too diverse, not too cultured, not uncultured, good middle of the road experience.

3) Birmingham, AL: Southern style on display in a mid-sized city.

4) Pittsburgh, PA: Northeastern historical manufacturing/steel city that helped build the US. Dynamic, digital city that is becoming diverse. Good lower key city.

5) San Diego, CA: California style right by the dynamic and beautiful Pacific Ocean. Big city, but not LA or San Fran proportions. Good city to see that is less bustling yet growing. Good Cali culture.

Also, I'd say they should add in 5 national parks on this trip--and it should be a road trip between the cities for like 2 weeks-3 weeks if they could.

I'd add in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Hot Springs.

This is a great list of looking at the more mainstream USA cities compared to the media view of life revolving around NY, LA, and Chicago.
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Old 12-01-2018, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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And if that hypothetical tourist comes back for a second five-cities visit,

Portland, Maine
Chicago
Miami
San Antonio
San Francisco
I really like both lists, still well known cities by American standards, a few of them with very little international exposure.
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:24 PM
 
Location: SF, CA
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NY, of course.
LA, of course.
New Orleans
Salt Lake City
Des Moines
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And if that hypothetical tourist comes back for a second five-cities visit,
Portland, Maine
Chicago
Miami
San Antonio
San Francisco
third-visit itinerary:
Washington, DC
Atlanta
Madison, Wisconsin
Las Vegas
Seattle
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Old 12-17-2018, 01:20 PM
 
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NYC, LA, Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta.

Northeast, West, Midwest, Gulf Coast, and Upper South all covered.

Who needs Florida when you have Houston, a Texas city with Florida weather?
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Old 12-17-2018, 11:22 PM
 
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NYC, LA, Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta.

Northeast, West, Midwest, Gulf Coast, and Upper South all covered.

Who needs Florida when you have Houston, a Texas city with Florida weather?
Houston is not like White Sands and soaring palms of coastal Florida or the high-rise to skyscrapers living you can find. No hurricane-proof newer housing I've seen in Ft Lauderdale, Orange groves, the Everglades, DisneyWorld ...... the last goes on.
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Old 12-19-2018, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Houston is not like White Sands and soaring palms of coastal Florida or the high-rise to skyscrapers living you can find. No hurricane-proof newer housing I've seen in Ft Lauderdale, Orange groves, the Everglades, DisneyWorld ...... the last goes on.
Chill DavePa, they were talking about the weather not the list of other things you mentioned.
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Old 12-19-2018, 08:01 PM
 
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Oh, you had to ask! I don't know how to "best" represent the US. Most of us live in urban areas as defined by the census bureau, that is, cities and their suburbs. I think suburban is more representative than the cities in that most people in an urban area live in the burbs.

So, maybe . . .
Suburban DC, e.g. this Crystal City where Amazon is going in
Suburban Chicago-Naperville which is often named on of American's "best places".
Suburban Denver-of course, my suburb, Louisville, Colorado. (Has also been ranked #1 several times by "Money" magazine)
Some Texas city/suburb
Suburban LA. I'm not real familiar with its burbs except for Pasadena, and that's pretty upscale.

Five isn't very many for the whole US. Ten would probably be easier.
I'll help with the suburban LA part: come to Irvine, CA! A city just as well-planned, clean, efficient, and highly ranked in education and economy as Singapore!
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