Charleston is the No. 1 U.S. city for the sixth year in a row, as judged by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.
Charleston also made the publication’s list of the World’s Top 15 Cities. At No. 10, it’s the only U.S. city to make the cut this year. In 2016, Charleston was voted the world’s top city in that category.
Charleston keeps winning because it doesn’t just tout its history — it’s always coming up with something new, according to Travel + Leisure editor in chief Nathan Lump.
“This is a city not content to rest on its laurels as one of the most beautiful and well-preserved historic urban environments in the country,” Lump said in a statement. “Thanks to a creative local population intent on creating world-class experiences, there is always something new and exciting going on here, from a vibrant cultural scene to innovative food and drink to fresh takes on style and design.”
Other Southeast destination that were among the top 15 were New Orleans (No. 2), Savannah (No. 3), Asheville (No. 8) and Nashville (No. 9). Wiliamsburg, Va., was No. 12.
Linn Lesesne, board chair of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, called the latest distinction “a reminder that Charleston’s charm shines brightly through its people, historic streetscape, award-winning restaurants, world-class accommodations, pristine beaches, culture and shopping scene.”
The magazine’s readers picked Kiawah Island — a beachfront resort that’s part of the greater Charleston area — as the nation’s No. 3 island destination, up from No. 10 last year. Hilton Head was No. 1.