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Charleston Tops Travel + Leisure's Best Cities List

August 5, 2023

Charleston is an incredible town with lots to offer visitors. Here, you'll find an unrivaled blend of historic and modern attractions, all set in the midst of gorgeous coastal landscape. We aren't the only ones that love Charleston! Recently, Charleston was named one of travelers' favorite cities in the United States. 


Travel + Leisure released a list of their list of Readers’ 15 Favorite Cities in the United States of 2023 on July 11. This is one of T+L's most exclusive lists. Only the best of the best earn a spot! 

Each year, T+L asks readers to weigh in on their travel experiences around the globe by taking the World's Best Awards survey. Readers give opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. For 2023, nearly 165,000 T+L readers completed the survey, casting more than 685,000 votes across over 8,500 unique properties (hotels, cities, cruise lines, etc). Cities were ranked based on their sights/landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and value. 


Charleston earned first place on this prestigious list! T+L wrote... 

Once again named T+L readers’ absolute favorite U.S. city, Charleston, also known as the Holy City, has the perfect combination of southern charm and city vibes. “This place is a destination to behold,” gushed one reader. Others praised the friendly locals, historic sites, and the shopping and dining along King Street. “So many incredible restaurants” have made Charleston a foodie destination, and "the mix of hotels makes the city a perfect fit for any type of traveler." 

The full rankings are as follows: 

  1. Charleston, SC
  2. Santa Fe, NM 
  3. New Orleans, LA 
  4. Savannah, GA
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Honolulu, HI
  7. New York, NY
  8. Nashville, TN
  9. Alexandria, VA 
  10. San Antonio, TX
  11. Williamsburg, VA
  12. Bend, OR
  13. San Diego, CA
  14. Boston, MA
  15. Asheville, NC

What's your favorite thing about Charleston? Tell us in the comments!

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