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Southern Living ranks Alexandria in Top 25 ‘Best Cities in the South’

The George Washington Masonic Memorial Temple in Old Town Alexandria (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

It’s a little below some of its other Best City rankings, but Southern Living Magazine recently put Alexandria at number 23 on a list of The South’s Best Cities 2024.

Alexandria came in ahead of Memphis, Tennessee and Little Rock, Arkansas, but was only the third highest-ranked city in Virginia on the list, behind Charlottesville and Richmond.

The number one spot went to Charleston, South Carolina, Alexandria’s frequent rival in similar listings.

According to the listing:

Just across the Potomac River from sprawling D.C., Alexandria may feel like a small town when compared to our nation’s capital, but there’s tons to explore in this historic city. Walk the cobblestoned streets that are lined with locally owned boutiques, delicious restaurants, and charming storefronts. When the riverfront is sparkling and there’s a nice breeze in the air, you’ll forget why you ever wanted to endure the hustle and bustle of D.C. in the first place.

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