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Typically, each city or region has its own special sights, cuisine, crafts, festivals, and activities. These need not necessarily be fully unique to a place, but might be things which local people will hope tourists will take note of. Is there a single word which can refer to these "sights, foods, activities" altogether?

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I would call these attractions

attraction : n. A thing or place that draws visitors by providing something of interest or pleasure

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I'd recommend this too, but "features" may be a viable alternative –  Toby Jan 10 '13 at 12:54
    
I think "highlights" would often fit, too. –  FumbleFingers Jan 10 '13 at 17:41
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Local color could work here to refer to the things that give a place its personality.

local color n. 1. The interest or flavor of a locality imparted by the customs and sights peculiar to it.

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You have a few choices:

  • atmosphere
  • ambiance
  • environment
  • aura
  • vibe

Of these terms, I would use vibe as the all-encompassing term.

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Culture might be applicable but it depends in what context you’re using the word. From Oxford English Dictionary (OED):

culture, n.

The distinctive ideas, customs, social behaviour, products, or way of life of a particular nation, society, people, or period. Hence: a society or group characterized by such customs, etc.

It can be used in many different ways:

cultural festival n.

A festival featuring arts and events specific to a particular culture, esp. one celebrating and promoting that culture in a wider public context.

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