By: Valerie Marino
October 6, 2020
For our 33rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey—yes, we’ve been doing this for more than three decades—registered voters weighed in on their favorite cities in the United States. We got so much feedback, in fact, we had to divide our list in two: small cities (populations under 250,000) and large cities. The impressive number of 2020 results were especially exciting for us, as we have a few stalwarts that continually place, as well as some new joiners. We’re ever curious about where you go, what you loved, and who you went with. As you continue to travel, we continue to listen: Here are the best cities in the U.S.
Sure, you’ll find some familiar names on this list of the best big cities in the U.S., but go beyond what you might expect—even revisit some old favorites—and you’ll find some surprising gems.
Best known for its River Walk and the historic Alamo, San Antonio has in recent years developed a hip side worth exploring: Its Pearl District is a pedestrian-friendly redevelopment with buzzy restaurants on the banks of the river. You also can’t go wrong with smothered chicken-fried steak at Lulu’s or a visit to the Japanese tea garden. If you’re lucky, you’ll be there for Fiesta, a 10-day heritage celebration that draws locals and tourists alike every April. Make either Hotel Emma or the massive JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa your home base, and soon, you’ll understand why everyone’s going on about this Texan city.