LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

A national ranking is pushing La Crosse back in the spotlight.

La Crosse is being featured in September's issue of Outside Magazine as one of its top-16 finalists for Best Towns in America. The honor is part of the magazine's annual "Best Towns" competition.

La Crosse emerged from a 64-town bracket style tournament  in 11th place. The magazine recognized La Crosse for its food scene, location, and its outdoor culture.

For some, the ranking comes as no surprise.

"At least once a year somebody is recognizing this region as a great place to visit or a great place to live and we're spoiled and I guess sometimes we don't even know it," Dave Clements, Executive Director of the La Crosse Area Visitor's Bureau.

More than 1.5 million votes were casts in the tournament. Duluth, Minnesota ended up in first place. For a full list of best cities in a America, check out September's issue of Outside Magazine, or visit its website.