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Old 07-05-2009, 03:03 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I was trying to make a list of "urban" cities to visit over the next few years.


When I say "urban" vacation, I am looking for a city that:

1) has an extensive transit system, so I wouldn't have to rent a car
2) has a vibrant city center with busy shopping streets and pedestrian traffic at night.
3) has dense surrounding urban neighborhoods with lively commercial strips with lots of foot traffic.

I am thinking there are lots of cities that have elements of this, but not in the quantity to justify a vacation. (i.e. Baltimore, Portland)


The cities I was thinking of are:

1) NYC (obvious)
2) Chi
3) SF
4) DC
5) Bos
6) Phil
7) Sea (not sure if there would be enough urbanism outside DT?)

Are there any others I am missing? Maybe S.D., Denver, Pittsburgh? Could you do this in LA or Miami? I am thinking cities like ATL and Dallas would be out?

Thanks!

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Old 07-05-2009, 09:08 PM
 
Location: hopefully NYC one day :D
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Maybe New Orleans or South Beach?!!
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:01 PM
 
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You named them.
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:09 AM
 
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You've pretty much named any city in the US that meets those criterion. You're set.

Although Seattle is sort of straddling the line. Not so sure about their transportation.
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Old 07-06-2009, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I was trying to make a list of "urban" cities to visit over the next few years.


When I say "urban" vacation, I am looking for a city that:

1) has an extensive transit system, so I wouldn't have to rent a car
2) has a vibrant city center with busy shopping streets and pedestrian traffic at night.
3) has dense surrounding urban neighborhoods with lively commercial strips with lots of foot traffic.

I am thinking there are lots of cities that have elements of this, but not in the quantity to justify a vacation. (i.e. Baltimore, Portland)


The cities I was thinking of are:

1) NYC (obvious)
2) Chi
3) SF
4) DC
5) Bos
6) Phil
7) Sea (not sure if there would be enough urbanism outside DT?)

Are there any others I am missing? Maybe S.D., Denver, Pittsburgh? Could you do this in LA or Miami? I am thinking cities like ATL and Dallas would be out?

Thanks!
I'd add in LA
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:08 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Do you have the option of Canada? If so, I would highly recommend Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Back home in Kaguawagpjpa.
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I'd add in LA
LA really doesn't have a massive mass transit system, but it does fit the other two criteria.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:43 AM
 
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LA should be a must-see on any urban tourist's list - it's a different kind of city than you find on the east coast, and often that seems to translate into misunderstandings. There's tons of vibrant street life, though, and a lot of density. And the public transportation system is fine, especially if you're interested in focusing on the city (and not heading to the mountains, to Malibu, etc.) - there's a subway, multiple light rail lines, tons of buses, and commuter rail.

I've only been to Pittsburgh once, but really enjoyed it there. I'd add it to the list if you have time. I had more fun there than I did in Seattle, actually.
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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I'd say Seattle, had a blast there and used public trans, the buses are pretty nice compared to NYC.
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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You named them. Based on your criteria, I wouldn't touch Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, or Los Angeles and it's mostly because they don't fit all three of your criteria.
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