The Holy City has done it again! For the second consecutive year, Charleston has been chosen as the “Top City in the United States and Canada” by Travel + Leisure's readers. Just as impressive, the city was also picked as the second best in the world.
Readers ranked cities in categories like sights and landmarks, culture and arts, restaurants, food, people, and value. Kyoto, Japan was chosen as the best city in the world, just beating out Charleston by a few percentage points. Last year, Chucktown was ranked as the 7th best city in the world, so this was a pretty impressive jump.
In the U.S. rankings, the Holy City was followed up by New Orleans, Savannah, San Francisco, and Chicago.
The awards for Charleston didn't stop there as Kiawah Island and four of the city's hotels placed in other categories. Here's a look at the other awards:
Top Small City hotels in the Continental U.S. (Fewer than 100 rooms):
1. Planters Inn
2. French Quarter Inn
4. Wentworth Mansion
5. Market Pavilion Hotel
Top Hotels Overall (worldwide):
26. Planters Inn
54. French Quarter Inn
85. Wentworth Mansion
Top Islands in Continental U.S. and Canada
5. Kiawah Island
Top Resorts in the Continental U.S.
29. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
You can view the full Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards here and in the August issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands on July 18th.