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Tampa Named One of ‘Quirkiest’ Cities – with Help from a Neighbor

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The list was compiled by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

TAMPA – If you believe readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, then Tampa is the 11th “quirkiest” city in the U.S.

It’s the first year Tampa has made the quirky cities list, which was determined after T+L readers answered the magazine’s Favorite Cities Survey. The survey ranked 38 cities for such things as romance, thrift shops and craft beer as well as oddities. The top 20 made the “quirkiest cities” list with municipalities such as Atlanta, Los Angeles and Nashville.

Tampa was edged out for the Top 10 by New York City. Others in the Top 10 (in ascending order): Seattle; Kansas City, MO; Baltimore; San Francisco; Albuquerque, NM; Providence, RI; Portland, OR; Austin, TX; and New Orleans.

So how did Tampa land in the Top 20 for quirkiness?

Well, according to T + L, it was a combination of the year-long Gasparilla season, Ybor City, and luxury shopping on one end and the Wagon Wheel Flea Market at the other.

The magazine says the Wagon Wheel, “which ups the ante with live music and a beer garden.”

But, wait a minute. The Wagon Wheel isn’t in Tampa. It’s not even in Hillsborough County. It’s miles away in unincorporated Pinellas County, on the western edge of Pinellas Park. According to Google, that’s 21.6 miles and 26 minutes (on a good traffic day) from Tampa.

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