Providence, Rhode Island is so much more than the Washington Bridge debacle and the city is getting the credit it deserves in CNN Travel's latest story.

CNN Travel compiled the ultimate travel guide list for America’s best towns. Providence grabbed the number two spot, falling only behind Richmond, VA, and the city has its creative culture to thank for its impressive rating.

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How CNN Picked Its Winning Towns

CNN Travel relied on its network of contributors to compile its first-ever top ten list of best towns.

“We evaluated their favorites and winnowed the finalists to 10 by looking at each town’s attractions, food and beverage offerings, nightlife and cultural scene, sense of identity, proximity to other interesting spots, and wow factor,” said the publication.

The top ten towns range from 50,000 residents to 225,000, and each town embodies passion, creativity, and character.

Providence Ranks 2nd in CNN’s Top 10 Best Towns

History, innovation, great food, and top-tier educational institutions. Providence may be small, but it's mighty in so many areas.

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Christine Chitnis credits the town’s “quirky vibe” and charm for its high ranking. Along with her contributors, the team at CNN Travel managed to hit all the high points of the “Renaissance City”, from the popular WaterFire that has illuminated the city for three decades to the flourishing culinary scene that spans from the East Side to the West Side.

“You could live here for a decade and not even come close to covering all the incredible dining options, so pace yourself,” said Chitnis.

Providence is synonymous with good food and artful expression, but it’s also home to beautiful parks like Roger Williams and historic destinations like Brown University.

Modern art, historic landmarks, outdoor activities, and delicious food. Providence checks all the boxes.

Oh, and we’re competitive, too. So we’ll be shooting for the number 1 spot next time around.

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