I’m all about taking surveys. I can’t get enough of answering questions. I actually arrive at the doctor’s office embarrassingly early so that I can devote as much time as I want to filling all the forms out. And so when Travel + Leisure magazine and CNN Headline News launch their America Favorite Cities survey on April 30, you can bet I’ll be at the head of the line waiting to take it.
Last conducted in 2004–when Washington, D.C. was voted the best city for sightseeing, Honolulu the best city for romance, and New York the best city for family trips–the survey asks participants to dish on the cities they’re familiar with, ranking the restaurant scene, shopping options, and historical and cultural sights. You can even, if you like, give your opinion on your fellow residents, answering questions on their friendliness, their intelligence, and–gulp!–even their attractiveness and fashion sense.
It’ll be interesting, I think, to see how this year’s results stack up to those from 2004–have Detroit’s efforts at restoration, for instance, had any impact on its reputation? Have visitors to Las Vegas realized that there’s more to do there than just gamble? And will L.A. again be voted the unfriendliest city in the country, or can New York take back its crown?
Good news, as well, for those familiar with Atlanta, Charleston, and Dallas/Fort Worth, which have all been added to the 25 places featured in the 2007 survey. Wherever you live, though, make sure you sign up, take the survey when it launches on April 30, and do your favorite city proud. I, for one, will be waiting anxiously on the results.