National Geographic Traveler’s March issue explores the Magic of the City: Celebrating The Urban Places that Captivate Us. We sent four writers to four very different cities to sample the best shopping in Shanghai, eating in Sydney, walking in London, and playing in Montreal. Then we got 29 of our writers, photographers, and other consummate travelers to share their favorite urban places. But we’re not done yet. We want to hear from you.
We want to hear what you love about your cities. Below you’ll find a list of fill-in-the-blank questions that should help get you started. We’d love it if you would copy and paste the list into an email, fill in your answers (as many as you like) and send us your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. Please make sure that “I Heart My City” is in the subject line (you can fill in the city, of course).
If you like, feel free to include photos, links, videos, art, poetry, or music – anything that helps show us why you love the place you live. We’ll feature our favorite lists here on IT, and we encourage you to share your own list on your blog, website, Facebook, Twitter or MySpace page, and post the link here in the comments below. Check out the questionnaire after the jump.
____________ is My City
The first place I take a visitor from out of town is _________.
When I crave ________ I always go __________.
To escape ________ I head ___________.
If I want to ________ I go _____________.
For complete quiet, I can hide away __________.
If you come to my city, get your picture taken with ___________.
If you have to order one thing off the menu from ___________ it has to be ____________.
___________ is my one-stop shop for great _____________.
Locals know to skip ________ and check out ______________ instead.
When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go __________.
For a huge splurge I go __________.
Photo ops in my city include _____________ and the best vantage points are __________.
If my city were a celebrity it’d be __________ .
The most random thing about my city is _____________.
My city has the most ___________ men.
My city has the most ___________ women.
In my city, an active day outdoors involves ________________.
My city’s best museum is ____________________.
My favorite jogging/walking route is _________________.
For a night of dancing, go to _________________. Or, for live music, check out __________________.
_______________ is the spot for late-night eats.
To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read _______________.
You can tell a lot about my city from ______________.
You can tell if someone is from my city if ______________.
In the spring you should _______________.
In the summer you should _____________.
In the fall you should _______________.
In the winter you should ______________.
A hidden gem in my city is____________.
For a great breakfast joint try _____________.
Don’t miss the ___________festival in ___________.
Just outside my city, you can visit __________.
The best way to see my city is ______________.
If my city were a pet it would be __________.
If I didn’t live in a city, I’d live (where?) __________.
The best book about my city is __________.
When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is __________.
If you have kids, you won’t want to miss _________.
_______________ could only happen in my city.
My city should be featured on your cover or website because __________.
To participate, fill out our questionnaire and email your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. We’ll feature our favorite responses here on the blog. Thanks so much for sharing your city!