Conde Nast Traveler’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards has voted Charleston, SC the most popular city in the United States to visit, beating out San Francisco, Santa Fe, Chicago, New York, Honolulu, Savannah, Carmel, Seattle, and Boston. This makes 5 consecutive years that Charleston has topped the list of American destination cities, making it a “testament to the vitality of Charleston’s hospitality industry.” On top of this, Charleston was voted America’s friendliest city.
As if being America’s number one city to visit weren’t enough, this year Travel & Leisure voted Charleston as the number one best city to visit in the world! Charleston scored the highest points for the following categories: sights/landmarks, cultural/arts, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, shopping, and value.
Visit the city once and you’ll discover that it pulls at your heartstrings like no other place in the country. Is it the delightful year-round climate? The almost-European feel of its downtown city streets? The overwhelming amount of history lurking behind every corner and down every alley? Or is it the abundance of trendy culinary offerings that every “foodie” traveler searches for? When you wrap all this in Charleston’s famous southern hospitality, it’s no wonder that Charleston tops the list of places to visit.
Charleston is truly one of the most cosmopolitan places around, offering sophisticated dining rivaling that of much larger cities and shopping experiences for even the most jaded consumers. Charleston is the jewel of the south. Historic downtown Charleston dates back to Charleston Landing in the 1670’s. The birth of our nation had it’s roots in our city.
Fine dining, great entertainment, historic preservation of homes all help bring millions to our city every year. Tourism is both South Carolina’s and Charleston’s #1 industry and Charleston has been voted the most friendly city year after year. As for housing, there is something for everyone, from small Charleston single houses to the mansions overlooking the harbor. One can find historic buildings that have been converted into great condos, each with their own personality. Charleston, also known as the Holy City, has a skyline awash with steeples, many from historic churches that date back from the 1600’s.
Charleston is leading the way in the economic recovery with Google having moved nearby, with Boeing building its new Dreamliner plant and shipping continuing to grow in the historic port city.