Travel + Leisure magazine has nominated Virginia’s Alexandria as one of the contenders for next year’s Best US City Award.


Now the historic city has a chance of holding the prestigious title if the magazine’s readers choose it over other nominees. And that will depend on Alexandria lovers’ interest in the survey in general as much as the city’s indisputable charm for any visitor.  


The voting will continue online until midnight on March 2, 2020. Readers can participate in the survey only for once for each e-mail address they subscribed to the magazine’s website with. Self-identification with more e-mail addresses, therefore, allows readers to vote multiple times.


Vote and Win a Generous Travel Prize! 


Each vote automatically places readers in a lottery with which the magazine will offer five international travel prizes. They include a 7-night Mediterranean cruise, an 8-day European cruise and a world cruise as well as a 10-day hotel stay in India and a return business class ticket to and from Singapore. To be eligible for those prizes, the readers must be a legal resident of one of the 50 states in the U.S. or District of Columbia. Others can still participate in the voting and couldn’t win any prize.


Every year, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rate cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.


Last year’s Best Cities in the U.S. winners included mostly major cities, although there were a few small cities, too. According to the results of last year’s voting, here is the full list of best American cities:


  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  2. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  3. New Orleans, Louisiana
  4. Savannah, Georgia
  5. New York City, New York
  6. Chicago, Illinois
  7. Nashville, Tennessee
  8. Asheville, North Carolina
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Honolulu, Hawaii
  11. San Antonia, Texas
  12. Taos, New Mexico
  13. Williamsburg, Virginia
  14. San Francisco, California
  15. Washington, District of Columbia


Alexandria is particularly famous for its Old Town where dozens of buildings as old as over 200 years have become major attractions for visitors from across the country and even beyond the U.S. borders. 


The city, located just south of D.C. along the Potomac River, is home to over 150,000 people. According to Data USA, their median age is 36.4 and median household income is $93,370. The median property value in the area is $537,900. Those figures compare with 37.1, $99,669 and $424,600, respectively, in the larger Washington metro region that also covers parts of Maryland as well as D.C. and several counties in Northern Virginia.