Travel + Leisure gave the Twin Cities the No. 3 spot on its list of America’s Favorite Cities 2012 for visitors, trailing behind leaders Nashville and Austin on a list of 35 cities. For residents, the number is lower at 11, but the Twin Cities topped a lot of lists as No. 4 for friendliness to visitors. The Twin Cities was the best for public parks and outdoor access, summer, cleanliness, intelligence, and home décor and design stores.
Our worst rankings include our blizzard-induced reputation including winter (32), spring break (30), and New Year’s Eve (30). Visitors also ranked the cities as No. 1 for driving ability, but the residents ranking is No. 5. Is it too early to ask if this mild winter might change these numbers?