San Diego is one of “America’s Favorite Cities”

Travel + Leisure America's Favorite Cities survey 2012

Have you heard? San Diego is one of America’s top 10 favorite cities, earning a sixth place overall ranking on a new list based on the Travel + Leisure 2012 America’s Favorite Cities survey.

San Diego was recognized with high marks in a range of categories including visitor experience, dynamic nightlife, culinary offerings and as a destination for all types of visitors to travel throughout the year, but that’s not all! San Diego also rated as America’s #1 city for athletic/active people and as #2 for most attractive residents.

Here are just a few of the categories where San Diego ranks in the top 10 destinations:

Best Time to Visit

According to the survey, that’s anytime of year!

Type of Trip

Whether you travel with a surf board or golf clubs, with a best girlfriend or significant other, all types of travelers are welcome in San Diego.

Food and Restaurants

It’s a secret no more – San Diego is a great destination for foodies.

The complete list of the Travel + Leisure 2012 America’s Favorite Cities survey results, along with methodology, is available at San Diego placed in the top 10 position according to visitors in 39 of the 66 individually ranked categories – check out the link to see which ones!

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!).

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately.

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