Charleston is Voted the No. 1 City in the U.S. + No. 10 City in the World

May 14, 2019

This is the sixth consecutive year Charleston is ranked the No. 1 City in the U.S. We are so honored and extend a sincere thank you to everyone who voted! In addition, Travel + Leisure readers ranked Charleston as the only U.S. domestic destination among the Top 15 Cities in the World.

The news was shared by Jacqui Gifford, senior editor of Travel + Leisure, on the TODAY Show on July 10. Charleston exceeded other destinations in the categories of sights/landmarksarts/culturerestaurants/foodpeople/friendlinessshopping and value to earn the No. 1 City in the U.S. and No. 10 City in the World rankings.

Travel + Leisure Editor in Chief Nathan Lump said, “Charleston continues its run as Travel + Leisure readers’ pick for the top city in the United States with good reason. This is a city that is not content to rest on its laurels as one of the most beautiful and well preserved historic urban environments in the country. Thanks to a creative local population intent on creating world-class experiences, there is always something new and exciting going on here, from a vibrant cultural scene to innovation in food and drink to fresh takes on style and design.”

Please help us congratulate the following recognized in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards.



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