Charleston is Named #1 Small City in the U.S.

We are thrilled to announce that Charleston, South Carolina has been voted #1 small city destination in the U.S. in the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Charleston has been named a #1 city, and we extend a sincere thank you to everyone who voted! A record of 300,000 respondents voted in the annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The Charleston area earned a combined score of 90.25 in the categories of culture, friendliness, atmosphere, restaurants, lodging and shopping.

“The readers of Condé Nast Traveler are lauded as some of the world’s most discerning, and the hospitality scene in Charleston continues to charm,” says Linn Lesesne, Chair of Explore Charleston and Vice President of Sales and Public Relations of Charming Inns. “We are thrilled to be recognized once again for our friendly people, historic ambiance and culture, award-winning restaurants, one-of-a-kind shopping and renowned accommodations.”

Please help us congratulate the following Charleston area hotels named among the top 10 in the Charleston area:

In addition, Kiawah Island was named #7 Best Island in the U.S.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry, and are commonly known as “the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to passions that inspire today’s traveler.

For the complete list of 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards winners, visit condenasttraveler.com/rca. Join in the conversation with @ExploreCHS and @CNTraveler, and share your love for the Holy City by tagging #ExploreCharleston.

See why Charleston holds the top honors and begin planning your Holy City escape. We’ll see you soon in the #1 travel destination in America.

11 Responses to “Charleston is Named #1 Small City in the U.S.”

  • Gloria Branscum

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    I love Charleston so much & go there as often as I can afford the time & expenses!!

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  • Kay

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    I received an email about 3 restaurants that would be on a tour with a carriage ride to each for $100. I’ve lost the info. Would u please send it to me.

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    • Charleston Insider

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      Hi, Kay! Click through to learn more about the Progressive Dinner in Charleston: bit.ly/2eiahUy.

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  • Mike C

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    We will be making our 1st visit there in Spring 2017, can’t wait.

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    • Charleston Insider

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      We look forward to welcoming you to the Holy City, Mike!

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  • Clare edmundson

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    We have one full day in charleston and want to take one or two tours. Interested in historic homes, ocean tour perhaps and maybe a plantation?

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    • Charleston Insider

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      We would love to suggest checking out Middleton Place, Boone Hall Plantation or Magnolia Plantation, as well as the Nathaniel Russell House and Aiken-Rhett House. Click through to explore “21 Spots Every History Buff Must Visit in Charleston!” bit.ly/2ccF0l6

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