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San Antonio shines as one of America's absolute favorite cities

San Antonio shines as one of America's absolute favorite cities

The Boiler House San Antonio Restaurant outside outdoor patio sign
San Antonio is America's second favorite city. The Boiler House SA/Facebook

America's favorite cities? Of course San Antonio makes the cut. 

Travel + Leisure's savvy readers have named Alamo City one of their favorite towns in the nation — No. 2, in fact. San Antonio stands out thanks to a blend of historic charm and modern entertainment.

The magazine's annual survey, which ran for six months, asked readers to rate cities with a population of over 100,000 on features such as affordability, dining destinations, shopping options, and cultural attractions. T+L points out that readers favored cities "that have put their local stamp on such crowd-pleasers as craft beers, burger joints, and indie bookstores" — and San Antonio can check "yes" to all three.

"History, friendly locals, and an all-you-can-eat attitude made readers love this Texas city for more than just the Alamo," adds the magazine.

The Pearl was an obvious favorite among those surveyed. T+L suggests Hotel Emma as the place to stay and The Granary 'Cue and Brew as the place to hit up for meat-centric fare.

Buffalo, New York, at No. 1, leads the list of America's favorite cities. Providence, Rhode Island; Norfolk, Virginia; and Nashville, Tennessee slide in behind San Antonio to round out the top five. Two other Texas gems make the cut — Fort Worth at No. 10 and Houston at No. 25 — but Austin and Dallas are nowhere to be seen.

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