Knoxville Named No. 8 Best City In U.S. By Travel + Leisure

Knoxville has been named one of the best U.S. cities by Travel + Leisure, ranking No. 8 on the national list.

To compile the list of top American cities, Travel + Leisure readers ranked the top cities in the U.S. with populations over 100,000 people. Knoxville was described by Travel + Leisure as a “sleeper city.” It received nods for its affordability, live music, and friendly, inviting atmosphere.

Knoxville is city with a bustling nightlife with downtown offering places like the Tennessee Theater and the Bijou. In addition, Gay Street, Market Square, and the Old City offer a wide array of dining options and bars, where parking is free on nights and weekends. Knoxville is also home to many unique locally owned restaurants like Stock and Barrel, Lonesome Dove, Oliver Royale, among many other. There is also no shortage of local breweries including Downtown Grill and Brewery, Smokey Mountain Brewery, Blackhorse Pub & Brewery, and Saw Works Brewery.

The article also takes note of Knoxville’s barbecue establishments. Places like Archer’s BBQ, Sweet P’s, and Dead End BBQ are all among the barbecue establishments in Knoxville which received nods in the Knoxville.

Here are the other cities included in Travel + Leisure’s best U.S. city list:

  1. Buffalo, New York
  2. San Antonio, Texas
  3. Providence, Rhode Island
  4. Norfolk, Virginia
  5. Nashville, Tennessee
  6. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  7. Richmond, Virginia
  8. Knoxville, Tennessee
  9. Raleigh, North Carolina
  10. Fort Worth, Texas

This is not the first time that Knoxville has topped a national ranking list in recent years. In 2014, Knoxville was named one of America’s most affordable cities by Forbes. Last year,  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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