Do You Heart Your City?

What’s allllmost better than being able to travel to every city in the world? Hearing about them from the people who know them (and love them) best.

That’s why we started the I Heart My City series in the first place — and why we want to hear why you heart yours!

It’s easy to share the love: Just fill out the questionnaire below and send it to, using “I Heart My City” as your subject line.

Get creative: send original photos, videos, digital art, poetry, music – anything that helps show us why you love where you live – along with your responses, and we’ll let you know if we’re going to feature your “I Heart” on the blog.

So without further ado, here’s our new-and-improved I Heart My City Questionnaire:

______________ is My City

When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is ______________.

______________ is the best time to visit my city because ______________.

You can see my city best from ______________.

Locals know to skip ______________ and check out ______________ instead.

______________ is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs.

In the past, notable people like ______________, ______________, and ______________ have called my city home.

My city’s best museum is ______________ because ______________.

If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s ______________.

The best place to spend time outdoors in my city is ______________.

My city really knows how to celebrate ______________ because ______________.

You can tell if someone is from my city if ______________.

For a fancy night out, I ______________.

Just outside my city, you can visit ______________.

My city is known for being ______________, but it’s really ______________.

The best outdoor market in my city is ______________.

______________ is my favorite place to grab breakfast, and ______________ is the spot for late-night eats.

To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read ______________.

My city’s biggest sports event is ______________. Watch it at ______________.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I ______________.

To escape the crowds, I ______________.

If my city were a celebrity it’d be ______________ because ______________.

The dish that represents my city best is ______________, and ______________ is my city’s signature drink.

______________ is my favorite building in town because ______________.

The most random thing about my city is ______________.

______________ is the best place to see live music, but if you’re in the mood to dance, check out ______________.

______________ could only happen in my city.

In the spring you should ______________.

In the summer you should ______________.

In the fall you should ______________.

In the winter you should ______________.

If you have kids (or are a kid at heart), you won’t want to miss ______________.

The best book about my city is ______________.

When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is ______________.

In 140 characters or less, the world should heart my city because _________________________________________________________________.


  1. Stephanie
    June 20, 2013, 11:25 am

    Just wondering about the approximate time to hear back about a submission? And can we re-submit?


  2. Ariane
    March 13, 2013, 11:17 am

    Hi! I was wandering if we have to answer all the questions. Can we replace some by others? Thanks!

    • Leslie Trew Magraw
      March 13, 2013, 3:51 pm

      Hi Ariane,
      Feel free to skip the occasional question, but we’d like you to answer most of them (upwards of 80 percent). And please submit your suggestions for new questions we might add to the questionnaire. We’re bound to update it at some point, and would love to hear your ideas!
      Thanks for writing,

  3. Grace A
    March 5, 2013, 3:58 pm

    Can the same city be featured more than once in the “I Heart my City” blog?

    • Leslie Trew Magraw
      March 5, 2013, 6:22 pm

      Yes! But we do try to put some distance between them — usually at least 6 months. Hope this helps — and that you end up submitting one!

  4. Leslie Trew Magraw
    February 20, 2013, 12:49 pm

    Hi Chelsea,
    While we encourage authors to send photos along with their posts (they don’t have to be perfect; it just gives us more options — especially if the city is a bit more under the radar), it’s not a requirement by any means. Please submit!
    Thanks for writing,

  5. Chelsea
    February 19, 2013, 6:50 am

    I would love to submit my city to this series! However, I have a question about submitting photos. I am a much better writer than photographer, so if we do not submit our own original photos will your editors find suitable shots? I’ve noticed a lot of previous posts include photos from sites such as Flickr that are not from the original writer, so I’m just wondering how that works!

    Looking forward to hearing your response!