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This Virginia city named #1 place to go in 2018

MONEY Magazine has released its list of the "20 Best Places to go in 2018" and a city near and dear to our hearts has made the list at number ONE!

Drum roll pleassseee! Alexandria, Virginia is the number one place to go in 2018, according to MONEY Magazine...and DC Refined. But we might be a little biased.

For the third year, MONEY has found destinations both in the U.S. and internationally that deliver the highest value for your dollar. Each spot is packed with must-do experiences and amenities but at a price that, relatively speaking, makes it a steal. To identify these 20 places we rely on the numbers: more than 32,000 data points in total from dozens of sources, covering cost, year-over-year trends, and customer satisfaction. We got destination information from travel publisher Lonely Planet.

MONEY Magazine estimated the weekly cost to visit each of the places on the list—a tab that covers average airfare, a week’s worth of hotel rooms, plus local transportation, meals, and activities for two. The magazine says the winners aren't necessarily the cheapest, nor are they always the most luxe; they are where the quality, cost, and value come together to provide a terrific travel experience.

If you are thinking about visiting the Alexandria area, MONEY Magazine says the average airfare is $303; average hotel night is $140; and the cost to spend a week for two is $2,540.

To truly experience the Old Town neighborhood, grab an outdoor table at Hank’s Oyster Bar during happy hour on a Friday night. Hank’s is one of dozens of cafes, boutique shops and galleries that line the walkable mile of King Street that ends at the historic wharf. Art lovers should check out the nearby Torpedo Factory Art Center, a space housing 82 artist studios and seven galleries, featuring everything from pottery to stained glass. On the other end of town stands the legendary Birchmere Music Hall, where greats like Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews once played.

Need some additional recommendations of where to eat, drink, and shop in Old Town? Click here. DC Refined has got you covered!

Other cities that made the list include:

  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
  • Stateline, Nevada
  • Glen Arbor, Michigan
  • Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Anaheim, California
  • Lake George, New York
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For the full list, click here.