This Tennessee city has been named one of America’s Best Big Cities

Another city in Tennessee is being lauded for being one of America’s top cities, and given its reputation as an “It City,” the reputation comes as no surprise.

Conde Nast Traveler recently released its 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards list for the nation’s best major cities, and a popular Tennessee travel destination managed to earn a spot on the list. According to the site, “the excitement for travel has never been greater” that nearly 250,000 readers took part in the poll to make their picks for the best cities, big and small.

So which city in Tennessee was voted one of America’s Best Big Cities?


Nashville was ranked #4 in readers’ poll of Best Large Cities, beating out popular tourist havens like New York City, New Orleans and Washington DC. Here’s what Conde Nast Traveler had to say:

“Nashville is a southern city with a small-town vibe, and you may find that a weekend isn’t enough to get the most out of Nashville. Music City is known for its legendary honky tonks on Lower Broadway, but be sure to take time away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip to explore the city’s shops and restaurants. You’ve probably heard of Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, but you should also check out Arnold’s Country Kitchen, a classic “meat-and-three” cafeteria with a James Beard. Visit Hatch Show Print, which has been producing creative show posters for more than 140 years for Nashville’s biggest venues to check out their vintage letterpress presses and take home a piece of Nashville history.”

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

“We are so happy and grateful to continue to receive worldwide recognition for Nashville. This is another significant recognition 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 national love. The nearby town of Brentwood was voted one of the best small towns in the country by another outlet.

Here are the top 10 cities voted by readers as the best major cities in the US:

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

Cash Conde Nast Traveler‘s full list to see the best big and small cities across the country.