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Charleston, South Carolina, Tops Travel + Leisure Rankings


Charleston is the friendliest city in the United States according to a ranking released by Travel + Leisure today.  The annual survey of America’s Favorite Cities also listed Charleston in the No. 1 spot for attractive people, noteworthy neighborhoods, stylish boutique hotels, b&bs/inns and antique stores. Worth mentioning are additional top five nods for categories including family vacation, relaxing retreat, romantic escape, cultural getaway, farmers’ markets, stylish, cleanliness, peace and quiet, weather, safety, vintage shops, home décor stores, independent boutiques, among others.


“Charleston is so proud of its position in the hearts and minds of travelers as the rankings for American's Favorite Cities show us at the top of the categories,” says City of Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.  “It is an honor with recognition due to the wonderful people who live and work here.  What is offered to visitors in Charleston is a unique opportunity to experience history, a beautiful city, first class restaurants and the hospitality of our residents. Thank you to the readers who enjoy and appreciate our city.”


The Charleston area welcomes nearly four million visitors annually and is celebrated for its authentic history and award-winning culinary scene. With the arrival of Southwest Airlines in March 2011, travel to the destination will become easier and more affordable.


"Charleston placing in Travel + Leisure’s poll is a fantastic achievement," says Roger Warren, president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort and chairman of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.  "Occupying numerous categories, ahead of some of the country's most recognizable cities, is truly remarkable.  These distinctions further solidify Charleston’s reputation as a well-rounded destination offering experiences for every traveler."


Complete results from Travel + Leisure’s 2010 America’s Favorite Cities can be found online: and will appear in the December 2010 issue (on newsstands November 19).

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