Charleston is Voted the No. 1 City in the U.S. & the World!

We are thrilled to share that Charleston, South Carolina has been voted the No. 1 City in the World and No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada in the Travel + Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards.

For the very first time, readers of Travel + Leisure have voted Charleston the No. 1 City in the World! Charleston is the first domestic destination to earn the coveted No. 1 City in the World ranking. This is the fourth consecutive year Charleston is ranked the No. 1 City in the United States and Canada. We are both honored and humbled, and we extend a sincere thank you to everyone who voted.

Charleston exceeded other destinations in the categories of Sights/Landmarks, Arts/Culture, Restaurants/Food, People/Friendliness, Shopping, and Value to earn the No. 1 spot.

“Charleston is a remarkably dynamic place, so it’s no surprise that it has achieved its highest ranking ever in our survey as this year’s best city in the world. The city has managed to preserve all the qualities for which it widely known—a prime coastal setting, historic architecture, friendly locals—while also nurturing a creative culture that is making it one of the most notable destinations for those who seek out interesting restaurants, bars, and shops that highlight a dedication to distinctive craft,” said Travel + Leisure Editor-in-Chief Nathan Lump.

Please help us congratulate the Charleston area hotels recognized in Travel + Leisure‘s World’s Best Awards. The Spectator Hotel has been voted No. 1 Best City Hotel in the Continental U.S. and No. 2 Best Hotel in the World. French Quarter Inn is also ranked among the Best City Hotels in the Continental U.S. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been named among the Best Hotels in the South while Kiawah Island was voted the No. 2 Best Island in the Continental U.S. Additionally, Belmond has been ranked among the World’s Best Hotel Brands.

Join in the 2016 World’s Best Awards conversation with @ExploreCHS and @TravelLeisure, and share your love for the Holy City by tagging #ExploreCharleston and #TLWorldsBest.

See why Charleston holds the top honors and begin planning your destination vacation. We’ll see you soon in Charleston!

21 Responses to “Charleston is Voted the No. 1 City in the U.S. & the World!”

  • Jan

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    Live in Summerville need to get into charleston more often. And just walk around.

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  • Tellie Pena

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    I send clients often to Charleston; I like to keep myself updated with what is going on in your amazing city. If you ever do Travel Agent FAMS, I am always interested. Thank you

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  • Sharon Harris

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    I am thrilled that my humble vote for Charleston helped win it this most coveted award !!! Congratulations to the Best City in the World !!! I agree wholeheartedly with the results and cannot wait to return to Charleston again next Spring !

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    • Charleston Insider

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      Thank you so much for voting for Charleston, Sharon!

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  • Leslie Hunter

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    I have never been to Charleston. Would love to experience it so I can push and sell this #1 domestic location. Thank you.

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    • Charleston Insider

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      We would love to welcome you to the Holy City, Leslie!

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  • Casondra Brown

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    I have visited this city numerous amount of times due to family here. I have no complaints. It is extremely beautiful. Check out what they call “The Battery” near downtown. There is a boardwalk right next to the water. It is also a historic sight as well. Beautiful big historic houses. A sight worth seeing if you love beautiful scenery. My husband and I found it very romantic. We are always going to come back and see Charleston and North Charleston.

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    • Charleston Insider

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      We’re so glad you love the Holy City just as much as we do, Casondra! We can’t wait to welcome you back.

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  • Jill

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    I’ll be there next weekend! I live in the Upstate and haven’t been to Charleston for a couple of years. It’s an amazingly fun place, historic, beautiful, and well…hot, but who cares.

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    • Charleston Insider

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      We look forward to welcoming you, Jill!

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  • Kevin Jackson

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    Yay!!! My lovely and beloved hometown. I miss you when I am so far away and dream of you til I am home again.

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  • Louis Johnson

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    Born and raised in Mount Pleasant. Have lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for over 25 years but can’t wait for retirement and head back home!
    Congratulations Port City!

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  • Jeanne Trexler

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    All three of my sons went to The Citadel, so for a period of ten years I was in the “Holy City” several times a year and loved it. Had friends who lived on South Battery.

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  • nanoo

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    Useful info. Lucky me I discovered your site by accident, and I am shocked
    why this coincidence did not came about earlier!
    I bookmarked it.

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