New York City
New York City has almost mythic status in American culture. It's thought of center of culture and refinement, and Manhattan residents all think it's the center of universe. I find it to be the uniquely American metropolis with all the good and bad that entails. There's beautiful pre-WWII architecture and horribly ugly glass towers that sit side by side. After a few days, I did start to understand what the New York boosters like about the place. There's a never ending set of places to eat and things to do. But for my tastes, I'll take Paris any day.