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I am planning my summer holidays at the moment (I am from Europe, btw). I am planning on visiting eastern USA for about two and a half weeks in the middle of May. Pretty much the itenery is figured out, except for one thing: upon arriving, there will be stopover for two or three days. Four cities the choose from: Chicago, Boston, Toronto or Miami. Which of those cities would you suggest for a short (max. 3 days) visit? It's not necessarily just about "amount of good architecture to see), but more like the general "nice city to visit, big enough for three days, but not so big that it's impossible to travel around town"-quality. Any suggestions?
I have not been in Toronto or Miami, but between Chicago and Boston, I would suggest Chicago.
Have been to all of them, would choose (based on your criteria): Chicago, then Boston, then Toronto, then Miami
Every architect or student of architecture should see Chicago. If not the most, it is one of the most significant cities on earth to survey modern architecture and its development.
I live near Miami it has nice architecture to view but I personally would go to Chicago, the father city of modernism
As a new resident, I will also vouch for Chicago. It is like seeing and walking among your Modern Architecture textbook every day. I even have the last standing church designed by Sullivan five blocks away from my house.
So I've booked my flight: arriving in Chicago, spending a couple of days there, after that flying south into North Carolina, and from there on traveling through DC onwards to New York. In some months I will start bothering you with questions for travel tips (places to visit, nice bars/restaurants, cool hangouts, where to sleep etcetera), but thanks for the initial help in selecting a city!