Winston-Salem ranked second best downtown in nation by Livability.com website

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Winston-Salem was ranked second best downtown in the country according to the Livability.com website. “Winston-Salem’s downtown works a little like magic,” the site says. “Once you step into the historic district of Old Salem, you may as well have stepped back into 1772.” Indianapolis won the title of best downtown on the site.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the site’s staff considered a downtown’s entertainment options, its planning, architecture and green spaces. “These downtowns are well thought out, walkable and easy to navigate,” the site reads. The site is owned by a company called Journal Communications, which was co-founded by Alex Haley, author of “Roots.” Livability.com is “a resource of more than 500 of America’s best places to live, work, play, explore and belong.”

A number of other North Carolina cities and places made other top 10 lists on the site. Charlotte was No. 1 on the list of most-manly cities in the United States.

The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market was ranked seventh on list of top 10 farmers markets. Lexington’s Barbecue Festival was ranked as the fourth-best food festival. North Wilkesboro was the fifth-best place to ride a bike, and Smithfield ranked ninth. Charlotte was ranked the 10th-best city in which to be a book lover.

Rocky Mount was the 10th-best water city. Greensboro’s Carolina Film and Video Festival was the fourth-best film festival, and Asheville’s ActionFest was the ninth-best film festival. Fayetteville was ranked as the sixth-best city for high school football and as the 10th most “death-defying” city. Asheville was ranked as the No. 2 city for foodies and as the ninth-best golf city.

Fayetteville’s Cape Fear River Trail was the eighth-best hiking trail. Fayetteville’s Cape Fear Botanical Garden was ninth on the “Top 10 Gardens to Inspire” list, and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Gastonia was in the No. 8 spot.

Asheville’s McCormick Field was second on the site’s list of “Top 10 Minor League Baseball Stadiums Worth Visiting.” Grainger Stadium in Kinston was fourth; Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium in Kannapolis was seventh.

Statesville’s Museum of Mountain Bike Art and Technology was ranked seventh on the “Top 10 Fun and Unusual Museums” list, and the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield was No. 2.

Charlotte was the sixth-best city for college grads and third on the “10 Green Cities” list. Greensboro was the sixth most green city. Dunn’s Raven Rock State Park was the seventh-best “place to smooch,” and Asheville was ranked 10th. Rocky Mount was the third most pet-friendly city; Asheville the seventh. Read More.

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