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ST. ALBANS, W.Va. — A town in West Virginia is gaining international recognition.

St. Albans, Kanawha County, recently made the Forbes Advisor list of “Best Places to Travel in 2023.”

Mayor Scott James said it was a great honor, especially because the list includes cities from all over the world.

“We are listed there with cities from Germany, England, South America, everywhere. It’s amazing,” James said during Monday’s “580 Live” broadcast on MetroNews’ flagship station 580-WCHS in Charleston.

Edinburgh in Scotland, Carcassonne in France and Tasmania in Australia were also among the cities to make the list.

James said the endorsement will put St. Albans on the map and generate more tourism.

“I think it’s going to help us bring more people into our community and make it a better place,” he said.

Forbes Advisor wrote, “Whether you want to get out and enjoy nature or stay in town and explore the restaurant scene, this Mountain State gem is ideal for a relaxing getaway.”

The post also mentioned the history of the area and the native tribes that once inhabited the area, “including the Adena, Fort Ancient, Moneton and Shawnee”.

James said St. Albans has a lot to offer.

“Lots of outdoor activities, being on the river, hiking or biking. They mentioned the restaurant scene. We have many, what I call, unique dining experiences that belong in the family. They are not chains,” he said.

Forbes also gave some tips on a trip to St. Albans.

“Consider using a Capital One travel card to book an Airbnb in St. Albans or near Charleston, then redeeming your miles to offset the charges,” Forbes wrote. “Want to rack up rewards on your dining credit card? Start your day with a coffee at Coal River Coffee Company, then in the evening, head to The Tap for a wide selection of craft beers and a bar- b-query.

The complete list of cities and regions is available HERE.

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