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(Travel + Leisureexternal link) -- Travel + Leisure, Headline News and CNN.com want to know what you like (and dislike) about 25 great American cities. On April 30, Travel + Leisure launched its America's Favorite Cities survey, asking visitors and locals to rate major destinations in a variety of categories, from people and culture to shopping and dining. (Take the surveyexternal link)

Background

It has been three years since the last America's Favorite Cities survey, and, based on the 2004 results, the outcome this year is bound to be interesting. Who knew, for example, that San Diegans would be voted America's best-looking people, or that Angelenos would be rated the least friendly in the country? The high marks for shopping and cultural events in New York were no surprise, but did Austin really deserve last place for both its stores and restaurants? And then there's Washington, D.C., which was No. 1 for museums and architecture, but was rated the least romantic city. Washingtonians also received the lowest overall marks in the people category. (View the full results of the last surveyexternal link)

America's Favorite Cities 2007

We look forward to seeing how this year's survey reflects the transformation of American cities over the last few years. Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul, for example, have opened world-class art institutions and are earning reputations as cultural hubs in the center of the country. San Diego and Miami have been steadily developing vibrant downtown areas to rival their famous sands. Las Vegas, meanwhile, has been drawing visitors out of its casinos and into its restaurants and boutiques. And burgeoning neighborhoods in cities such as New York and San Francisco are adding new character to these well-known destinations.

What's new

To help us build an accurate portrait of these urban areas, we've added new questions to the 2007 survey. Once again, we ask you to rank people on their friendliness and attractiveness; this year, we also want to know which places have the most intelligent and stylish residents. In addition to rating cities on their cheap eats and big-name restaurants, we ask where you'll find the best barbecue and the standout coffee. Shopping has been broken down into questions about jewelry, shoe, and vintage boutiques, among other types of stores. In the category of culture, we want to know about a city's galleries and underground arts scene, as well as its historical sites. And three cities have been added to the 2007 survey: Atlanta, Charleston, and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Cast your vote

Help Travel + Leisure, Headline News and CNN.com rank the country's hottest destinations by logging on to travelandleisure.com/afcexternal link by July 15. For city updates from Travel + Leisure editors, watch Robin & Companyexternal link on Headline News on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 6-10 a.m. ET.

Here is a snapshot of the last survey results voted on by visitors. For full results, including rankings from locals, visit www.travelandleisure.com/afc/2004external link.

Top cities from last survey, according to visitors

For people:

1. Honolulu

2. Austin

3. Santa Fe

4. San Antonio

5. San Diego

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For activities:

1. New York

2. San Francisco

3. Chicago

4. Honolulu

5. Miami

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For romance:

1. Honolulu

2. San Juan

3. San Francisco

4. New Orleans

5. Miami

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For family trips:

1. New York

2. San Diego

3. Chicago

4. San Francisco

5. Orlando

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For sightseeing:

1. Washington, D.C.

2. New York

3. Philadelphia

4. Boston

5. Chicago

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In the last survey, Washington, D.C. was No. 1 for museums and architecture, but was rated the least romantic city.

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