A city here in the Piedmont Triad made a recent list of “America’s 8 Most Overlooked Small Cities.”
Thrillist created the list by looking at cities with populations between 100,000 and 300,000, and then picking out eight “that, for one reason or another, just haven’t gotten the national love and attention they deserve.”
Winston-Salem made the list based on its beauty. Thrillist highlighted Wake Forest University, Old Salem and the Art-o-Mat machine.
Here is what they had to say:
“Originally formed when the towns of Winston and Salem merged in 1913, this North Carolina city is home to Wake Forest University — one of America’s most beautiful college campuses. Winston-Salem’s pretty striking off-campus as well, with traditional attractions like Old Salem (a restored Moravian settlement from 1766) serving as a counterbalance to the modern developments that continually spring up. The city’s also the home of the Art-o-Mat machine, former cigarette vending machines that’ve been converted to dispense art (instead of circulatory and respiratory diseases).”
Other cities making the list were: Rochester, N.Y.; Richmond, Va.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Providence, R.I.; Cincinatti; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Mobile, Ala.