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Top 10 National Convention Host Cities

Whether launching political careers or welcoming travelers, these cities get our vote for great destinations

By ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

August 22nd, 2012

The 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions will be held in Charlotte and Tampa, respectively. Both cities are first-time hosts of the major political parties’ biggest quadrennial affairs. The conventions have a long history, dating back to the 19th century, and have convened their delegates in nearly every region of the United States (sorry, Pacific Northwest). Many cities have hosted multiple national conventions and witnessed history made and political careers launched. Some of these delegate destinations have not seen a convention since before the Great Depression, while others welcomed the political machines during the current economic downturn. Our top 10 national convention host cities have seen their fair share of political drama, backstabbing, and glad-handing. Their places in history vary, but they all have plenty to offer visitors who are looking to learn about the past, or simply enjoy a vacation in the present. As thousands of people descend on Charlotte and Tampa, we turn the spotlight on some of the other cities that have hosted the presidents.

See what makes these cities so historic and entertaining in our National Convention Host Cities slideshow.

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