A fourth year in a row, Charleston has again been ranked best city to visit in the United States. With nearly 77,ooo voters, the Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards proclaimed that the “holy city” exceeds in degrees of atmosphere, culture, friendliness, lodging, dining, and shopping. In a written statement, Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. responded to Charleston’s achievement saying,“The people of Charleston are honored…to be recognized for the fourth consecutive year is truly a testament to Charleston’s vibrant culture, genuine hospitality and wonderful people, who make it such a special place to both live and visit.”
Charleston also beat out cities such as Prague and Cape Cod when honored as the second best city in the world, a close runner up to first place winner Florence, Italy. According to senior editor of the Conde Nast Traveler, Lindsay Talbot noted Husk and The Ordinary as culinary musts and mentioned that “the ultimate Charleston itinerary starts with a walk along the waterfront: strolling under palm trees with the Atlantic glistening just beyond.”
Additionally, local hotels that were ranked highly among accommodations in the south were Wentworth Mansion, Planters Inn, Belmond Charleston Place, John Rutledge House Inn and the Restoration on King.
Similarly, Kiawah Island was acknowledged and praised as number one island in the United States and second worldwide.
When speaking with CofC students about living in the top ranked city in the country, reaction to the news was strongly positive and supportive. Charleston native Ali Brown elaborated on how “it’s nice to see Charleston get the recognition that it deserves.” Even out of state student Michelle Myers expressed “it makes me feel excited and proud to live in Charleston. I am definitely happy with my choice of college.”