Worlds Top Destination
Last year, readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted Charleston the top tourist town in the United States.
This year, they went one better.
The magazine announced its readers have now voted Charleston the top tourist destination in the world. The designation is based on a poll of about 47,000 readers of the magazine who judge cities on a five-point scale. The categories include ambiance, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, culture/sites, and shopping.
They voted Cape Town, South Africa and Florence, Italy, as the number two and three choices.
Again this year, Charleston was also voted the top tourism destination in the United States.
Charleston welcomes more than 4 million visitors a year.
"There are great hotels, great restaurants everywhere. To have that, and the history, plus super-friendly people? You can't get that anywhere else in the world," said Frank Fredericks, chairman of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Sight Seeing & Dinning
Charleston is well known for its extraordinary culinary delights, from Gullah to traditional American Cuisine, your taste buds will be wishing you had time to try them all (528 in the Charleston metro area). We recommend you take a look at TripAdvisor for reviews and to make reservations as the most popular locations are always booked.
Activities in Charleston range from surfing the waves of Folly Beach to touring museums of Charleston's past. Popular tours downtown include Carriage Rides and Ghost Tours which can all be found on TripAdvisor, including reviews of the top rated activities.
"The ocean has always been a salve to my soul...the best thing for a cut or abrasion was to go swimming in salt water. Later down the road of life, I made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land."
- Jimmey Buffett