King Street, Old Town Alexandria (courtesy photo)

Alexandria, Virginia, was just named the #4 Best Small City in the U.S. by the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Alexandria is ranked in the top five alongside Charleston, South Carolina; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Savannah, Georgia, for small cities with a population under 1 million. Nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveler readers voted in the 2018 survey.

The newly released list says: “Washingtonians all are in on the secret, but it's no surprise the rest of the world is catching up: Alexandria, Virginia, the charming, historic city just across the Potomac River from our nation's capital, is a draw—for travelers and future residents alike.”

Condé Nast Traveler says: “Most people imagine moving there shortly after setting foot in Old Town, walking the brick sidewalks, clocking street after street of perfectly preserved rowhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Walk down King Street, packed with boutiques, restaurants, and specialty shops, before landing at the waterfront, where you can watch the boats on the water before touring the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a collective of galleries and artists' studios. End the day at Gadsby's Tavern, where some of our founding fathers used to drink, and don't mind the actors in colonial garb performing for you. Like we said, you'll already be wrapped up in the fantasy.”

Best Small Cities in the U.S.

  1. Charleston, SC
  2. Santa Fe, NM
  3. Savannah, GA
  4. Alexandria, VA
  5. Sarasota, FL
  6. Sedona, AZ
  7. Monterey, CA
  8. Asheville, NC
  9. Greenville, SC
  10. Key West, FL
  11. Portland, ME
  12. Napa, CA
  13. Palm Springs, CA
  14. Newport, RI