America's Strangest People
No. 9 Providence, RI
After slipping three spots this year, the Rhode Island capital is perhaps trying to stage a quirky comeback with the recent debut of its new flea market on the Providence River Greenway. Otherwise, Providence scores highly for its theater scene, and its unconventionality is on display at Big Nazo, a puppet theater that regularly features trolls, lab rats, wrestlers, and a man-eating Chia Pet. Readers also loved Providence for its nontraditional grilled pizza.