#visitUS: What makes your hometown a great place to visit?

President Obama announced steps his Administration is taking to boost tourism and travel, an important sector in the U.S. economy & Americans across the country added their voices to the discussion. Here’s a look at what you had to say about what makes your city or town a great place visit.

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  1. "Greetings from the Lobster Capital of the World! Each year, thousands gather here to celebrate our lobster industry with the Maine Lobster Festival held on the first weekend in August.I feel so fortunate to have been born and raised in such a beautiful little slice of our world!"

    -Cynthia Anderson, Rockland, ME via WhiteHouse.gov

  2. Santa Cruz, CA is a place that is as beautiful as anywhere else on Earth. We have moderate climate, incomparable coastline, mountains that drop to the sea which are covered with Redwood forests and a very liberal population... I am a world traveler and am always happy to come home... please, come and visit :-)
  3. "A vibrant arts community that operates year-round, centered in a revitalized downtown featuring the only permanent resident acting company in the US at the historic Trinity Repertory Theater and the family-friendly RISD Museum. The FOOD is amazing (Federal Hill Italian and fantastic local seafood and nouvelle cuisine mix with Cape Verde, Haitian and more). The city is walkable and bikable, and in the summer Providence shines with Waterfire, farmers markets, art in the parks, community sailing and much, much, more."

    -Carol Drewes, Providence, RI via WhiteHouse.gov

  4. North Conway in New Hampshire. Beautiful quaint New England little town, with all the charm of the Alps but much cheaper! The area is the ultimate family outdoor playground, whether you come here in summer (kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, sight seeing, summer tubing...) or in winter (nordic & downhill skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing...). We moved there from France and love it here :)
  5. "There's something magical about Lake Coeur d'Alene that's hard to define, but it begins with the spectacular North Idaho sunsets and moonrises, the plunge of an osprey after a fish, the glowing lights of downtown Coeur d’Alene reflecting across its waters at night. Coeur d'Alene is easy to get to, but hard to leave."

    -Katherine Coppock, Coeur d’Alene, ID via WhiteHouse.gov

  6. "Pocatello is a large small town - 60,000 people -- where happiness is found in just living here. Called the "Smile Capital" of the world, the town is full of friendly, beautiful people who help each other, turn out in support of worthy projects...We live scant distances from beautiful mountains and the marvelous Snake River, we love our recreational time to hunt, fish, camp, play softball or soccer, and we love our people."

    -Jean Davidson, Pocatello, ID via WhiteHouse.gov

  7. "Norway represents America at its best. This small town respects its heritage, environment and the welfare of its citizens. Residents are pro-active in their efforts to improve the community by preserving significant historic buildings, creating outdoor recreational facilities in our hills and near our lakes, and revitalizing Norway's Main Street. The Town of Norway, with a glorious past of a wood product industry, now looks to the future with optimism. Visiting our town is a window into the heart of Maine...no glitz, just soul."

    -Andrea Burns, Norway, ME via WhiteHouse.gov