Known for rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people, Charleston, South Carolina has been named both Top U.S. City and Top Destination in the World by Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the second consecutive year the historic coastal destination has received the No. 1 U.S. City ranking.
To receive the Readers’ Choice Top City Award, a destination must have the strongest composite appeal, which is calculated by averaging scores from the survey’s six categories: Atmosphere/Ambiance, Culture/Sites, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants and Shopping. With a rating of 86.7, No. 1 Charleston is in the company of noteworthy cities, including No. 2 Cape Town, South Africa (84.8); and No. 3 Florence, Italy (83.3).
In 2012, the number of Readers’ Choice Survey participants hit an all-time high with more than 47,000 submissions—a considerable increase over the 27,000 participants in 2011.
We are also pleased to announce that Charleston Place Hotel has been included on the Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List – Readers’ Picks of World’s Best Hotels.
For a full list of Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, visit their website.