San Diego ranked sixth overall in a recent online “America’s Favorite Cities” survey by Travel + Leisure Magazine. According to Travel + Leisure, the online survey asked readers to rate and comment on 35 major U.S. metro areas, in 66 categories.

In the “best time to visit” categories, San Diego placed first for July 4th, spring break and Valentine’s Day. It also placed first in the category of best cities for active and athletic people, and second in the weather rankings.

The region placed second for pet-friendly vacations, and third for family vacations.

Joe Terzi, president and CEO of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in a ConVis statement that the survey confirms the local region’s diverse offerings and “reflects the soul of the San Diego visitor experience” as a friendly and welcoming destination.

New Orleans topped the survey in the overall rankings, according to the magazine’s website.

— SDBJ Staff Report