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Travel + Leisure ranks this Texas city among top 15 favorite cities in the US list

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Can’t travel out of the country this summer? There’s plenty to see here in the U.S.

Travel and Leisure highlighted and scored 15 cities to visit, including one in Texas.  

Here is a look at their ranking. 

15 cities to visit in the U.S., according to Travel and Leisure

According to T+L, cities were ranked according to these criteria: 

  • Sights/landmarks
  • Culture
  • Food
  • Friendliness
  • Shopping
  • Value 

T+L annually asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the world to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Nearly 165,000 T+L readers completed the 2023 survey. More than 685,000 votes were cast across over 8,500 unique properties (hotels, cities, cruise lines, etc.), according to their blog. 

Here are the city’s rankings. 

No. 1: Charleston, South Carolina  

Founded in 1670, Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. Known for its well-preserved antebellum architecture, it’s a popular tourist destination. The city is home to many historical sites, including the Old City Market, the Battery, and Fort Sumter.

Charleston is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, with many museums, art galleries, and theaters. The city’s culinary scene is also renowned, with many restaurants serving up traditional Southern cuisine.

No. 2: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Founded in 1610, Santa Fe is the oldest state capital in the United States.

Santa Fe is known for its unique blend of Native American, Spanish, and Mexican cultures. The city is home to many historical sites, including the Palace of the Governors, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, and the Loretto Chapel.

No. 3: New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, known as the “Big Easy,” is famous for its vibrant culture, Mardi Gras celebrations, and jazz music.

The city is located in southeastern Louisiana on the Mississippi River.

New Orleans was founded in 1718 by French colonists and has a rich history influenced by French, Spanish, and African cultures.

No. 4: Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia, founded in 1733.

Savannah is known for its well-preserved historic architecture, particularly in the Savannah Historic District, which is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S.

No. 5: Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles.

The city is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes of North America.

Chicago is known as the “Windy City” because of its strong winds caused by the city’s location on the Great Plains.

No. 6: Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is the capital and largest city of Hawaii. Located on the island of Oʻahu, Honolulu is the main gateway to Hawaii and a popular destination for tourists from around the world.

No. 7: New York, New York

New York City is the most populous city in the U.S., with a population of over 8 million people.

The city is made up of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

New York City is a global center for business, finance, culture, and media.

No. 8: Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is located on the Cumberland River and is home to a variety of attractions, including the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Johnny Cash Museum.

No. 9: Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria is a city in Virginia, located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

Alexandria, founded in 1749, is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. It played an important role in the American Revolution, serving as a major port and shipbuilding center.

No. 10: San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is home to the Alamo, a former Spanish mission that was the site of a famous battle during the Texas Revolution. The River Walk is a 15-mile stretch of the San Antonio River that winds through the city center and is lined with restaurants, shops, and hotels.

No. 11: Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg is a historic city in Virginia that was the capital of the Colony of Virginia from 1699 to 1780. It is known for its well-preserved colonial architecture and its reenactors who dress and act like people from the 18th century.

No. 12: Bend, Oregon

Bend is a city in central Oregon, located on the Deschutes River. Bend is known for its outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, biking, fishing, and skiing. Bend is also home to a thriving arts and culture scene, with many museums, galleries, and theaters.

No. 13: San Diego, California

San Diego is the second-largest city in California and the eighth-largest city in the U.S. San Diego has a population of over 1.4 million people. It’s located on the Pacific Ocean, just north of the Mexican border.

No. 14: Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is the capital city of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England. It is also one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers. The city is home to many historic landmarks, including the Freedom Trail, which winds through the heart of Boston and passes by 16 sites that played a significant role in the American Revolution.

No. 15: Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is a city in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. It is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, as well as its stunning natural beauty. Some of Asheville’s most popular tourist attractions include the Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Asheville Outlets.

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