These 18 U.S. Cities Make The Best (And Worst) First Impressions

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The crazy thing about traveling is that you never truly know how things will go until you're there. We build up certain expectations from movies and TV, so if the trip you thought you'd love doesn't live up the expectation, it could be a complete failure.

So, which cities make the best and worst first impression? Now we know!

A Readers' Choice Survey  on Condé Nast Traveler made a definitive ranking of cities that exceeded expectations and those that fell below them. The next time you're making a road trip across the country, you'll know where to stop ... and which places to skip!

The best cities:

  1. Sedona, AZ
  2. Jackson, WA
  3. Savannah, GA
  4. Key West, FL
  5. St. Augustine, FL
  6. Taos, NM
  7. Portland, ME
  8. Memphis, TN
  9. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

The worst cities:

  1. New York, NY
  2. Atlantic City, NJ
  3. Orlando, FL
  4. Oakland, CA
  5. Atlanta, GA
  6. Dallas, TX
  7. Philadelphia, PA
  8. Minneapolis, MN
  9. Cleveland, OH

Yup, The Big Apple came out as the big stinker due to tourists feeling overwhelmed, while Sedona comes out on top for its naturally beautiful red rocks. 


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