Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, as voted on by their worldwide readers, awarded CHS its top city ranking in the U.S./Canada for the third year in a row, and #2 in the world, behind only Kyoto, Japan. For the U.S./Canada rankings, numbers two thru five were New Orleans, Savannah, Santa Fe, San Francisco, followed by Quebec City, Chicago, New York, Victoria City and Asheville.
Separately, Conde Nast Traveler has voted CHS the #1 city to visit in the US for each of the past four years.
Also, T&L ranked the Top Small (<100 rooms) City Hotels and CHS hotels took all four of the top rankings, and the #6 slot as well – The Wentworth Mansion, French Quarter Inn, Planters Inn, and The Vendue, followed by The Market Pavillion.
While CHS still ranks as the #1 favorite place to travel to by voters of Conde Nast, John McDermott of The Post and Courier says “Charleston vaulted 10 posts last year to become the No. 3 U.S. travel destination according to TripAdvisor’s latest Traveler’s Choice Awards, behind only New York City and Chicago, and ahead of Las Vegas and Seattle. The publication mentions 405 things for visitors to do while in the area.
Second only to Florence, Italy, Charleston was ranked #2 in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, again placing the Holy City in yet another publication’s top awards. In 2012, Conde Nast readers named CHS #1 in the world, falling back to #5 in 2013 (but still tops in the U.S.) and #2 this year. See the link from WCSC Live 5 News. Other cities in the top 25 included Budapest (#3), Cape Town (#4), Prague (#6), Rome (#7), Barcelona (#9), Sydney (#19), and San Francisco (#20). The only other U.S. cities on the list included Chicago (#23), New Orleans (#17), and Santa Fe (#10). The full list from Conde Nast Traveler is here.