This Tennessee City Named One Of The Best Big Cities In America

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Another Tennessee city is getting praise for being one of the best big cities in America, and given its reputation as an "It City," the shout-out comes as no surprise.

Condé Nast Traveler recently released its 2022 Readers' Choice Awards list for the best big cities around the country, and one popular destination in Tennessee managed to snag a spot on the list. According to the site, "enthusiasm for travel has never been higher," with nearly 250,000 readers responded to the survey to choose their choices for best small and big cities.

So which Tennessee city was chosen as one of the best big cities in the America?


Nashville ranked No. 4 on the Readers' Choice of best big cities, beating out popular tourist havens like New York City, New Orleans, and Washington D.C. Here's what Condé Nast Traveler had to say:

"A southern city with a small-town feel, you might find that a weekend isn't enough to get all you can out of Nashville. Music City is known for its legendary honky tonks on Lower Broadway, but be sure to take time away from the buzz of the strip to explore the city's shops and restaurants. You've likely heard of Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, but you'll also want to check out Arnold's Country Kitchen, a classic 'meat and three' cafeteria with a James Beard Award. Stop into Hatch Show Print, which as been creative show posters for Nashville's biggest venues for more than 140 years, to check out their vintage letterpress machinery and take home a piece of Nashville history."

Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, said the ranking shows how much the reputation of Music City is growing outside of Tennessee, per FOX 17:

"We are so fortunate and grateful to continue to receive global recognition for Nashville. This is yet another significant acknowledgement of the Music City brand along with the rich culture and authentic experiences the city has to offer. We look forward to the positive momentum for the coming year."

Nashville isn't the only city getting some national love. Nearby neighboring town Brentwood was chosen by another outlet as one of the best small cities in the country.

Here are the Top 10 cities readers voted as the best big cities in the U.S.:

  1. Chicago
  2. Honolulu
  3. San Diego
  4. Nashville
  5. New York City
  6. Boston
  7. San Francisco
  8. New Orleans
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Seattle

Check out Condé Nast Traveler's full list to see the best cities, both big and small, around the country.

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