10 Best Downtowns

Check out our picks for the Top 10 Downtowns and see which city matches your vibe.

A good downtown, whether it anchors a big city or a small town, acts a little like an addiction.

Go once and you can't resist going back for more.

In our search for the best downtowns, we considered the mix of entertainment options they had to offer, the planning that went into their design, and the beautiful architecture and green spaces that inspire interaction.

These downtowns are well thought out, walkable and easy to navigate. There's a range of flavors to be found in upscale eateries and casual cafés, while indie theaters, glossy off-Broadway productions, and family-friendly museums offer residents and visitors endless ways to spend their days. Buildings that have stood the test of time or showcase the edge of modern architecture add to the appeal, with parks and open spaces allowing a break from the city scene.

So whether you're looking to relocate in a city setting or just prefer to spend a day exploring all a downtown has to offer, this list of 10 best downtowns is sure to have a scene that suits your needs.


Ranking Criteria

Good entertainment options • Well planned design • Unique architecture • Green spaces • Walkability

10. Franklin, TN Population 72,639
9. Eugene, OR Population 159,615
8. Chattanooga, TN Population 174,483
7. Fort Worth, TX Population 796,614
6. Louisville, KY Population 608,732
5. Savannah, GA Population 142,919
4. San Antonio, TX Population 1,413,881
3. Burlington, VT Population 42,570
2. Winston-Salem, NC Population 236,642
1. Indianapolis, IN Population 841,449