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