For me, Los Angeles. Why? All those daily "Wild police chase" video clips when I click on YouTube. It seems so nicely sunny at the corner of Fountain and Normandie. At the corner of Normandie and Franklin. At the corner of Oil Stain and Concrete. And L.A. seems to do a fine job cleaning up the glittered taillights and helicoptered bumpers, even if the black & whites are slow on the PIT maneuver. Plus, if we're gonna commit a continent to the automobile and shopping, why not go all the way and be (in) L.A.? And its near-constant cloudless sunshine would itself seem like a purchased commodity or an artifice of human vanity, and I'd like to experience that, (old) child of the Great Lakes' Reign Over All Nearby that I am. The Scour of Babel, and all that. So, how about you? Any place that goes much against your grain, but you have a perhaps-sick urge to experience? (Gatlinburg, TN, doesn't count. You KNOW you love deep-fried peanut brittle.) Gotta add, all of L.A.'s 'Teens and '20s-era Craftsman homes really are quite beautiful. I would much love to stroll (safe parts of) such neighborhoods under an unreal sun....and to see where "Highway Patrol" was filmed. EDIT: This thread is not about people-bashing. I hope we can all agree that wherever we go, there are gonna be good, bad, and in-between people. And it's not about what places you don't like, or so dislike you wouldn't visit/re-visit. This is about places that we assume will go against our grain but DO intrigue us. So what places intrigue you despite/because they go against your grain?