America's Coolest Cities
What do New York and Las Vegas have in common? According to a recent survey, they are both among the hottest places in the world.
New York has topped the list of coolest cities for three years running --- it is sharing the top spot for the very first time. The fact that it attracts 47 million visitors annually shows that Americans regard the big city highly. New York is not only the country's largest city; it is the one with the most restaurants, museums, stadiums, bars and theaters.
Times have been tough in Las Vegas, and the city is suffering a real estate crash that is among the worst in the country. But the entertainment city still welcomes 36 million tourists per year, and the city's relaxed laws around gambling and other vices add to its sense of danger and excitement.
Impressions about how cool a place is are tough to change. Most of the cities have seen their coolness ranking change little over the past four years. But 5 of our 10 coolest cities --- Las Vegas, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami --- saw impressions change for the better over last year.