AmericanStyle Readers Choose America’s Favorite Arts Destinations; Top 25 Lists Spotlight Cities of All Sizes in All Regions

BALTIMORE, April 26 /PRNewswire/ — Revealing its readers’ passion for arts-related travel, AmericanStyle magazine today announced the results of its 8th annual Top 25 Arts Destinations readers’ poll. This year’s ballot allowed readers to vote for their favorite arts destinations based on city size, reflecting the importance cultural tourism plays in communities across the nation.

In the Big Cities category (populations over 500,000), New York and Chicago maintained their dominance from previous years in the No. 1 and 2 spots, while San Francisco grabbed No. 3.

In the Mid-Sized Cities category (populations of 100,000 to 499,999), perennially popular New Orleans hooked the No. 1 spot, its highest ranking ever. Albuquerque, N.M., picked up the No. 2 spot, and Scottsdale, Ariz., made its first appearance on the list in two years at No. 3.

In the Small Cities and Towns category (populations under 100,000), New Hope/Lahaska, Pa., took the No. 1 spot after a three-year hiatus from the list. Berkeley Springs, W.Va., captured the No. 2 spot, and at No. 3, Saugatuck, Mich., achieved its highest ranking in its five consecutive years on the list.

This is the first time AmericanStyle has structured its annual poll according to city size. As a result, big cities with major arts institutions and high concentrations of artists were measured against each other, while smaller cities and towns broke free to show their cultural assets against a list of same-sized contenders.

Results of the annual readers’ poll and profiles of the top three cities in each category are featured in the June issue of AmericanStyle, on newsstands in early May. Profiles of each city on the 2005 Top 25 Arts Destinations lists are available on http://www.americanstyle.com/.

About AmericanStyle

AmericanStyle magazine is the exclusive arts lifestyle magazine for enthusiasts and collectors, showcasing the homes of collectors and the studios of artists who create two- and three-dimensional works of art. AmericanStyle magazine is published bimonthly and can be found online at http://www.americanstyle.com/. AmericanStyle was named Baltimore’s Best Niche Magazine by Baltimore magazine in 2003.

A complete list of the Top 25 Arts Destinations is available at http://www.americanstyle.com/.

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