Here in Charleston, we’ve known it for a long time. Now the rest of the world has finally caught on! On October 11, 2011 Charleston was officially named the #1 Tourist Destination in America by Conde Nast Traveler magazine! Voters annually evaluate cities based on six categories: atmosphere/ambience, culture/sites, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and shopping. The city with the highest composite appeal wins top honors. Not only is Charleston the friendliest city, but our bounty of outstanding restaurants, top-notch hotels, rich history, quaint shops and overall ambience has finally catapulted the Holy City to the top, displacing perennial winner San Francisco, which held the title for 18 years!
Here are the top 10 destinations from Conde Nast readers.
2. San Francisco
3. Santa Fe, New Mexico
6. New York
8. Carmel, Calif
Congratulations, Charleston! Come check us out!