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8 Oct 2019
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The votes have been tallied, and it’s official: Charleston is the No. 1 City yet again.

This latest accolade is according to the world-wise readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.  It marks the ninth year in a row that Charleston has won the title.

Over 600,000 people participated in the 32nd annual voting of the Readers’ Choice Awards.  Charleston won No. 1 City in a few different ways.  First, it was christened Top City in the World Outside the United Kingdom.

Top Cities Outside the U.K.

  1. Charleston, S.C.
  2. Merida, Mexico
  3. Dresden, Germany
  4. Tokyo, Japan
  5. Kyoto, Japan
  6. Santa Fe, N.M.
  7. Singapore
  8. Quebec City, Canada
  9. Salzburg, Austria
  10. Alexandria, Va.


Top City in the World!


Charleston also received the highest score among all destinations, tapping it as Top City in the World.

Melinda Stevens, Editor in Chief of Condé Nast Traveler, had this to say: “Charleston, South Carolina for me: well-made, thoughtful, sophisticated not without a certain humor. It is a city for wandering alone, for getting lost, its neighborhoods revealing themselves like stage screens in the theater.  A sea-salty tang on the air from the water, the tropical’re reminded all the time just how south - how practically Caribbean - you really are... Everyone says hello, with a smile, a ready laugh.”

Michael Tall, Board Chair of Explore Charleston, responded to the accolade: "We are humbled that the readers of Condé Nast Traveler continue to recognize the uniqueness and authenticity of Charleston. It is an honor to be the recipient of the inaugural Top City in the World Outside the U.K. Award, and it makes this year even more special," said. "These prestigious accolades are reminders that Charleston’s charm shines brightly through its people, rich history, renowned cuisine, world-class accommodations, pristine island communities, and thriving cultural arts and shopping scenes."


Yet another way Charleston is the No. 1 City


Condé Nast Traveler  also named Charleston the No. 1 City (small) in the U.S.  A few years back, they decided to split the city category based on population size.

According to Condé Nast“Charleston may be a small town, but this city punches well above its weight… When you consider everything it has to offer—history, culture, food, charm—it’s no wonder the so-called Holy City has topped our list of the best small cities in the U.S. for nine years running."

Here’s their list of the top ten best small cities, in order:

  1. Charleston, SC
  2. Santa Fe, NM
  3. Alexandria, VA
  4. Savannah, GA
  5. Key West, FL
  6. Aspen, CO
  7. Monterey, CA
  8. Chattanooga, TN
  9. Greenville, SC
  10. Santa Barbara, CA


Also, Charleston International wins big


In yet a another win for the Lowcountry, CHS  -  Charleston International Airport  -  was named one of the ten best airports in the United States.  Ranked at #7, it’s the first time it’s made the top ten.

Check out all the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards here.

So come and see why people vote Charleston as the No. 1 city in the world.  Just call EP, and we’ll find the perfect Charleston beach house for your visit here.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger