Charleston voted best in the U.S. for the 12th straight year by T+L readers

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Thanks to its historic architecture, easy walkability, food scene, and Southern hospitality, Charleston has been named the #1 city in the U.S. for the 12th consecutive year by Travel + Leisure readers.

Cities were specifically rated on the following criteria: sights/landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and value. 

According to Travel + Leisure, the one characteristic that always captures a reader’s heart and attention is a strong identity, and a sense that the city is unlike others elsewhere in the country.

That’s one way to describe Charleston: one of a kind!

One reader dubbed Charleston “a great example of a city that holds to their roots, but also strives to be current and welcoming to everyone.”

People love visiting for all kinds of trips—romantic weekends, family vacations, or friends’ getaways—and they always find something new to enjoy each time.

There’s always something fun to do, whether you’re into arts, entertainment, or just relaxing by the coast.