Alexandria Accolades

Loved by residents and coveted by visitors, Alexandria's vibrant arts scene, chic shopping and award-winning restaurants has made it an extraordinary city to live in and visit. Don't believe us? The recognition Alexandria receives speaks for itself:
 

  • Alexandria the #2-Ranked “All-Star” in Virginia for LGBTQ Equality–Human Rights Campaign Municipality Equality Index (2017)
  • 20 Most Unique Cities to Visit in Your 20s (Alexandria #7)–CarRentals.com (2017)
  • 2017 Best Cities for Millennials in America (Alexandria #4)–Niche (2017)
  • 2017's Most Diverse Cities in America (Alexandria #21)—WalletHub
  • North America's Coolest Downtowns (Old Town Alexandria #5)—Expedia Viewfinder (2017)
  • America’s Most Attractive Cities (Alexandria #11)—Travel + Leisure  (2017)
  • 25 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs (Alexandria #1)—Entrepreneur (2017)
  • Top 100 Best Places to Live (Alexandria #32)—Livability (2017)
  • Top Cities for Millennials–Millennial Personal Finance (2017)
  • The 15 Most Romantic Places in Virginia (Alexandria #1)–Best Of Virginia (2017)
  • Top 20 Most Romantic U.S. Cities (Alexandria #3)–Amazon.com (2017)
  • Best Counties to Live In (Alexandria #10)–24/7 Wall St. (2017)
  • Must-Visit U.S. Hotspots for 2017 (Alexandria #5)–Smarter Travel (2017)
  • America's Top Holiday Towns–USA Today (2016)
  • Best Christmas Towns Around Washington, D.C. (Alexandria #1)–Only in Your State (2016)
  • Nation’s Top Digital Cities–The Digital Cities Survey (2016)
  • 50 Best Bike Cities of 2016–Bicycling Magazine
  • Best Midsize Cities for Public Transit–Redfin (2016)
  • America's Most Attractive Cities (Alexandria #11)–Travel + Leisure (2016)
  • Safest Big Cities in Virginia (Alexandria #4)–Value Penguin (2016)
  • 25 Healthiest Cities in America–Niche (2016)
  • 25 Best Cities for Millennials in America (Alexandria #3)–Niche (2016)
  • Best Cities for Entrepreneurs–Livability (2016)
  • Best Cities to Live in America–Niche (2016)
  • The DC Suburbs, Ranked (Alexandria #1)–Thrillist (2016)
  • America's Best Small Art Festivals" (King Street Art Festival #2)–Fodor Travel (2016)
  • Most Educated Cities in America–ValuePenguin (2016)
  • #1 Best Downtown in America–Livability (2016)
  • #1 Most Romantic City in the U.S."–Amazon (2016)
  • D.C. Area's Most Romantic Streets (King Street)–Curbed (2016) 
  • 20 Most Charming Small Cities in the U.S.–RentLingo (2016)
  • Top City in D.C. Region for LGBT Inclusive Policies–Human Rights Campaign (2015)
  • 8th Most Festive City in the U.S.–Amazon (2015)
  • Best Cities to Visit for Christmas–Casual Travelist (2015)
  • 5th Safest City in America–SmartAsset (2015)
  • Top 5 Safest Small City in America–Protect America (2015)
  • #1 Most Exciting City in Virginia–Gogobot (2015)
  • Most Breathtaking Scenery in Virginia–Only in Your State (2015)
  • #1 Digital City in the United States–The Digital Cities Survey (2015)
  • Top 100 Best Places to Live –Livability (2016)
  • Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers –American Craft Week (2015)
  • Top 10 Most Romantic Cities–ProFlowers (2015)
  • Top 10 Downtowns–Livability (2015)
  • Best Mid-Sized City for Veterans to Live In–Military Times (2015)
  • Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community–League of American Bicyclists (2015)
  • Best Cities for Millennials in 2015–Forbes 
  • Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.–Amazon (2015)
  • Best Mid-Sized Cities for Education In America–Movoto Real Estate (2015)
  • Most Well-Read City in America–Amazon (2014)
  • 10Best: Prettiest Southern streets for a stroll (King Street)–USA Today (2014)
  • Top 10 Best Downtowns 2014–Livability.com
  • Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities–Bicycling magazine (2014)
  • Top 10 Safest Places in Virginia–Movoto Real Estate (2014) 
  • Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.–Amazon (2013)
  • America's Top ArtPlaces 2013–ArtPlace
  • Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community–League of American Bicyclists (2013)
  • Most Well-Read City in America–The Washington Post (2013)
  • Top 10 Cities on the Rise–NerdWallet (2013)
  • 10 Favorite Cycling Destinations" –Virginia Living (2013)
  • Best Small Cities for Art Nerds–TravelNerd (2013)
  • Best Foodie City in the South–ConventionSouth (2013)
  • Top 10 Foodie Cities 2013–Livability.com
  • Best U.S. Cities for St. Patrick's Day–The Atlantic Cities (2013)
  • Top 10 Downtowns 2012–Livability.com
  • Top 10 Pet-Friendly Destinations –Animal Planet (2012)
  • Top Great Streets in America (King Street)–American Planning Association (2011)

Stars of Alexandria:

  • Visit Alexandria honored with 2016 Readers’ Choice Award–ConventionSouth
  • Visit Alexandria voted by meeting professionals to receive Platinum Choice Award–Smart Meetings
  • Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa named to Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Awards" (2016)
  • Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary featured in Parents Magazine's list of 8 Awesome Places to Take Your Harry Potter Fan (2016)
  • La Bergerie named one of the most romantic restaurants in America (2016)
  • Cheesetique featured on the Food Network's Top 5 Restaurants for Best Thanksgiving (2015)
  • Port City Brewing Co. named the "Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year"–Great American Beer Festival (2015)
  • Cheesetique: Where to Get Great Mac and Cheese from Coast to Coast–Food Network (2015)
  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria: The Most Pet-Friendly Airlines, Hotels, and Destinations (2015)
  • PX: "Most Creative Cocktail Menu"–Virginia Living magazine (2015)
  • Eamonn's a Dublin Chipper:"America's Best French Fries"–USA Today (2014)
  • Todd Thrasher (PX): "Top 10 Mixologists" in the Country–Food & Wine (2014)
  • Society Fair: "Best New Bars in the U.S."–Food & Wine (2013)
  • Restaurant Eve: "100 Places to Eat Now"–Southern Living (2013)
  • PX: "50 Best Bars in America"–Food & Wine (2013)
  • Kimpton Morrison House: "World's Best Service 2013"–Travel + Leisure (2013)
  • The National Inventors Hall of Fame & Museum: "10 Great Places to be Inspired by Innovation"–USA Today (2013)
  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria: "10 Best Pet Friendly Hotels"–USA Today (2013)
  • Cheesetique: 'Mac N' Cheesetique' named "Best Mac N' Cheese in the U.S."–Food & Wine (2012)

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