U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-25-2018, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
6,514 posts, read 9,054,749 times
Reputation: 5008

Advertisements

If you were a tourist from somewhere outside of North America and you wanted to spend a month in the United States touring and visiting the country in an attempt to get the most authentic understanding of what the United States is really like, what cities would be must visit cities for you?

I ask because for better or for worse NYC is not an accurate representation of what the rest of the United States is like, but NYC is a highly visited city by foreigners. So if a tourist wanted to get an accurate representation of what the country is really like, what Five Cities would a tourist have to visit??
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-25-2018, 10:14 AM
 
4,484 posts, read 2,668,709 times
Reputation: 4090
I'm also not sure whether archtypes are more useful than thinking of five "medium" examples of different regions.

Definitely not trying for the five best cities.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-25-2018, 10:15 AM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
2,752 posts, read 1,712,669 times
Reputation: 3839
New York - power center of the country that displays the size, influence, and diversity of the United States



Los Angeles - de facto capital of the western United States; arguably the center of American soft power and pop culture



Detroit - The best example of a fallen U.S. city that more or less tells the story of the American Midwest and provides an understanding of the factors that produced a President Donald Trump


Dallas - probably the best example of American suburban culture and the rise of the Sunbelt


Atlanta - the heart of African American history, power, and pop culture
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-25-2018, 10:39 AM
 
Location: The City
22,331 posts, read 32,157,756 times
Reputation: 7738
not sure there is any 5 but here is one take


Cleveland - Old Industrial city with bones and a history that is turning the corning and was once a true gem in what America is today


San Jose - A new tech west coast hub, a modern incarnation of tech and education clustering


Ok City - A new south growing city, trying to displace old stereotypes and growing


Orlando - A Florida city that grew from basically a small town only 50 years ago


Maybe either a Boston or Philly - old school historic NE cities (not NYC) historic, storied and lots of identity but changing with the times




still to me is tough as a new south or mountain city are left out and maybe to little WC representation but just some thoughts on different types of places that present an image of America past, present and future
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-25-2018, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
311 posts, read 742,138 times
Reputation: 438
I'll give 5 choices, including alternates that have similar qualities:

Philadelphia - because of the history (it's where the USA officially got started, after all), but also it's the best representation of an "old" European-style American city. Plus, the contrast between its elegant old-money and hardcore working-class aspects is sociologically interesting. (alternate: Boston)

Savannah - a showcase of the charm of an old Southern town. (alternate: Charleston)

New Orleans - a monument to the French & Spanish influence in our history, as well as being the birthplace of the quintessential American art form of jazz. (alternate: Nashville)

Cleveland - with the caveat that I haven't been there, it seems a good exemplar of a Rust Belt city that fell on hard times, but preserved good urban "bones" and a cluster of first-rate cultural institutions, which should help it make a comeback. (alternate: St. Louis)

San Francisco - cuz you should see one West Coast city that is actually a traditional city. (alternate: Seattle)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-25-2018, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
41 posts, read 18,372 times
Reputation: 75
1) MIDWEST: Indianapolis - a relatively big city that has a small city vibe, with down-to-earth people

2) NORTHEAST: Boston - captures the historical side of the US and also a gritty city, representative of the rest of the region

3) SOUTH: Atlanta - city on the rise, large African-American population, representative of the south.

4) WEST: Los Angeles - while it can seem glamorous, there are truly many different walks of life represented here. Be sure to explore outside of Hollywood/Santa Monica, etc.

5) GREAT PLAINS: Lincoln, Nebraska - you could interchange Lincoln with a lot of other small cities, but the reality is geographically, most of America is small cities and rural areas and you'd have to get out there to experience America outside of the hustle and bustle of the big metros
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-25-2018, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
2,918 posts, read 3,635,208 times
Reputation: 2141
Pittsburgh
New Brunswick
Tampa
Dallas
Sacramento
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-25-2018, 02:52 PM
 
Location: SF, CA
1,513 posts, read 680,685 times
Reputation: 2351
NY, of course.
LA, of course.
New Orleans
Salt Lake City
Des Moines
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-25-2018, 04:07 PM
 
Location: East Coast
474 posts, read 273,870 times
Reputation: 562
Quote:
Originally Posted by NW4me View Post
NY, of course.
LA, of course.
New Orleans
Salt Lake City
Des Moines
Thatís a fair list!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-25-2018, 04:20 PM
 
1,900 posts, read 829,634 times
Reputation: 1610
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pemgin View Post
New York - power center of the country that displays the size, influence, and diversity of the United States



Los Angeles - de facto capital of the western United States; arguably the center of American soft power and pop culture



Detroit - The best example of a fallen U.S. city that more or less tells the story of the American Midwest and provides an understanding of the factors that produced a President Donald Trump


Dallas - probably the best example of American suburban culture and the rise of the Sunbelt


Atlanta - the heart of African American history, power, and pop culture

I don't think Dallas and Atlanta are different enough to both warrant a place on this list. It should be either or. Or split the difference and put Houston on in instead.

The fifth city then should be something representing the Southwest or Pacific west.


Just my opinion of course.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top