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!