Alexandria Accolades

Loved by residents and visitors alike, Alexandria's cosmopolitan feel and walkable lifestyle, nationally designated historic district, independent restaurants and boutiques, intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront have landed the city on some of the most coveted lists, from Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards to Money magazine.   

  • Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. (Alexandria #3)—Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards (2019)
  • The Most Charming Christmas Towns Across the World (Alexandria #7)—Oprah Magazine (2019) 
  • The Perfect Southern Town for a Hallmark Christmas Movie—Southern Living (2019)
  • The Coolest Suburbs in America—Apartment Therapy (2019)
  • America's Greenest Cities (Alexandria #4)—CubeSmart (2019)
  • Most Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations in the U.S.—Expedia (2019)
  • Top Trending Destinations of 2018 (Alexandria #3)—Expedia (2018)
  • Safest Cities in America (Alexandria #2)—SmartAsset (2018)
  • #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination (Alexandria #1)—MONEY (2018)
  • Best Small Cities in the U.S. (Alexandria #4)—Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards (2018)
  • The South's Prettiest Cities (Alexandria #14)—Southern Living (2018)
  • Best Bike Cities in America (Alexandria #25)—Bicycling (2018)
  • Safest Cities in America (Alexandria #4)—SmartAsset (2017)
  • 10 Most Successful Cities in Virginia (Alexandria #9)–Zippia (2017)
  • “All-Star” in Virginia for LGBTQ Equality (Alexandria #2)–Human Rights Campaign Municipality Equality Index (2017)
  • 20 Most Unique Cities to Visit in Your 20s (Alexandria #7)–CarRentals.com (2017)
  • Happiest Cities in the United States (Alexandria #21)–National Geographic Explorer (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:

  • Campagna Center's Scottish Christmas Walk Parade wins a USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best Holiday Parades–USA Today (2018)
  • Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights wins a USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best Holiday Parades–USA Today (2017)
  • Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend named one of the South’s Best Christmas Festivals–Southern Living (2017)
  • 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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