Knoxville Named One Of The Most Charming Cities In The American South

Knoxville was recently named one of the most charming cities in the American South, according to CNN.com.

The article notes that the American South has recently experienced a large travel boom in smaller cities thanks to a recent boom in hotels and restaurants. In recent years, tourism to the American South has increased as much as 180%.

When many people think about visiting the South, they think about visiting Nashville, Atlanta, Charleston, or Savannah. While these cities shouldn’t be overlooked, there are many smaller cities that are worth looking at, too. And, that’s exactly what the CNN list strives to do, name 15 cities in the American South that you may have overlooked.

On this list of 15 cities, Knoxville was ranked #5 on the list of most charming cities in the American South. Knoxville received nods for its variety of different food venues, ranging from upscale meals to barbeque. There’s also no shortage of nice places to stay, including the Tennessean Hotel and the Oliver Hotel. When it comes to things to do, Knoxville has a little bit of everything for everyone. You can go out on the Tennessee River, attending a UT Football game, go bowling at Maple Hall, or enjoy some live music in Market Square.

Here is the complete list of cities on the list:

  1. San Antonio, Texas

  2. Birmingham, Alabama

  3. Greensboro, North Carolina

  4. Norfolk, Virginia

  5. Knoxville, Tennessee

  6. Louisville, Kentucky

  7. Charlottesville, Virginia

  8. Gulf Shores, Alabama

  9. Wilmington, North Carolina

  10. Gulfport, Mississippi

  11. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

  12. Fayetteville, Arkansas

  13. Panama City Beach, Florida

  14. Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

  15. Greenville, South Carolina

This is not the first time that Knoxville has topped a national ranking list in recent years. Earlier this year, Knoxville was named one of the hottest real estate markets by Zillow.  Knoxville was also named one of America’s Favorite Cities earlier this year by Travel + Leisure. In 2015,  Knoxville was named one of the Best College Sports Towns, ranking #2 on the national list and was also named one of the Best Cities To Relocate To By The Huffington Post.

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