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Old 08-14-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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Default Help me make a decision...5 cities to visit.

Im doing a national exchange program through my school. Only a select number of campuses offer summer exchange so these are my options.

1. Pittsbrugh, Pennsylvania
2. Portland, Maine
3. Providence, Rhode Island
4. Twin Cities, Minnesota
5. Chattanooga, TN

Im 22 years old and would like a city with a vibrant scene with people of my age. Fun outdoor activies
Acess to bodies of water as I've never even seen a body of water in real life except for a ditch
music is always a huge draw but i think a lot of these cities have access to lots of entertainment. These are my five choices. I have to list them all, however, in order of priority because if i dont get option #1, I get considered for option #2 and so on. Help me list them in priority order PLEASE!!! Its a toss up for me as I have little world experience.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Inner Loop H-town & Austin
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Chattanooga, hands down. You'll be near Atlanta, the weather will be better than anywhere else, and it's pretty.

After that, Providence, hands down.

Forget the others. Minneapolist would be AWFUL (weather, boring), and Pittsburgh sucks.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Id go providence. Its near Boston, and is a day trip away for NYC.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Definitely Providence.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL and smalltown Ohio
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Out of those choices Providence followed by Portland. You'll be near Boston and NYC.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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Thanks for the advice!!! : ) : )
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:17 PM
 
Location: AZ
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Chattanooga, hands down. You'll be near Atlanta, the weather will be better than anywhere else, and it's pretty.

After that, Providence, hands down.

Forget the others. Minneapolist would be AWFUL (weather, boring), and Pittsburgh sucks.
Please, OP, dont listen to this guy, he has never been out of his dungeon from the sounds of it. First off, sounds like you will be visiting in summer, at which point Chattanooga will have the WORST weather of the cities you listed, unless you like swampy humidity and lots of rain. MN will be the coolest on the list, with very pleasant summers for the most part. Pittsburgh will offer the most urban feeling experience with Minneapolis right on its heels. Both Pittsburgh and Chattanooga offer great hill/mountain views, but Pittsburgh definitely is more urban, with all pro sports also available for viewing. The downtown is the best looking, but IMO Minneapolis' downtown is more fun and very nice!

Ive never been to Providence or Portland, so cant help you there, sorry!
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:26 PM
 
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Portland, Maine would be my top choice, especially if I wanted to be near water. It's smaller than the other places, but just as lively. Very neat town.
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:27 PM
 
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Providence and Portland are ocean cities (Providence is close to it) and the Twin Cities has plenty of lakes. Minneapolis is far from boring and has a pretty lively music and arts scene. Portland for a city of that size also is quite lively and has a lot going on. It is also a 90 minute drive to the Boston area. Pittsburgh would be fine except it does not have the large lakes or ocean that you desire.

Portland
Providence
Twin Cities
Pittsburgh
I've never been to Chattanooga.
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:30 PM
 
Location: still in exile......
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Yeah, for a summer visit, I agree w/Steve-o that Chattanooga would not exactly a good idea. All the pther 4 cities average upper 70s/low 80s for July highs, so those 4 would be best (for weather) .
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