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Alexandria ranked as a top ten American city by travel magazine, but pushed down by a Tennessee city

The Alexandria skyline (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Travel + Leisure readers ranked Alexandria as one of the top ten cities in America for the second year in a row — though Nashville, Tennessee bumped Alexandria down from the eighth spot to the ninth spot.

The cities are ranked on a variety of factors, from shopping and food to culture and landmarks. As with last year, Charleston, South Carolina came in at number one.

Both this year and last year, Alexandria ranked just ahead of San Antonio, Texas, but Nashville swiped the number eight spot.

“Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Alexandria offers the charm of a small town alongside the buzz of the nation’s capital,” the magazine wrote. “In this ‘living museum,’ as one reader called it, you’ll find red-brick sidewalks, 18th and 19th-century homes and taverns, and the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers market.”

The magazine lauded the city’s ghost tours in particular.

“Family-friendly ghost tours let visitors travel back to the past, but trendy boutiques, luxury hotels, and vibrant nightlife keep the Port City very much in the present,” the magazine wrote.

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