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City Sports Profiles

The Charleston Area's unique population centers offer world class events, activities and facilities. Choose from the list of cities below to learn why Charleston is a leading sports destination.

City of Charleston
Town of Mount Pleasant
City of North Charleston

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For the third consecutive year, Charleston has been named #1 U.S. City/Condé Nast Traveler/ Reader's Choice Awards." (2011, 2012 and 2013)


Everybody Loves Charleston:

Voted USA's No. 1 City For 3rd Consecutive Year

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Is it the cobblestone streets? The colorful, historic row homes? The fantastic food? Whatever it is, Charleston's got everyone thoroughly charmed once again. For the third consecutive year, Charleston's been voted the No. 1 city in the United States in our Readers' Choice Awards (in which nearly 80,000 of you voted).

It doesn't end there: Charleston also clocks in at No. 5 on our list of Best Cities in the World (last year it topped the list at No. 1). In fact, Charleston's stepped up its game so much as a tourist destination that this year, we've found it necessary to rank their top hotels

And while there are clearly many reasons to love this southern city, these are our favorites: (1) It's home to "insanely nice" human beings, (2) It's purdy, and (3) They make the best videos ever.

 

CHARLESTON AREA RANKINGS AND RECOGNITION:

2014


2014 Top Retirement Destination - Where to Retire


#40 Top 40 Destinations for Tea Lovers - AFAR


#24 29 Places You Have to Visit in 2014 - Refinery29.com


#2 Most Romantic City in America - MissTravel


#9 Most Romantic Getaways in North America - 10Best.com


Named among the 25 Best Places to Retire in 2014 - Forbes


Named among the Best Travel Finds of 2014 - Redbook


Broad Street named among America’s Best Main Streets -
Fodor’s Travel Guide


#11 Top 15 Cities that are driving the Future - Milken Institute


Top 20 Destinations for 2014 - The Telegraph


Top 14 Destinations for your 2014 Bucket List - Huffingtonpost.com

 

2013


#8 Shopping City in the U.S.

Condé Nast Traveller

 

Outstanding Restaurants and Dining Cities Fewer Than 800,000

SAVEUR Culinary Travel Awards

 

#1 U.S. City

Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

 

#11 Best Minor League Network in America

Sportsbusiness Journal

 

#1 Friendliest City

Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

 

#1 Best Weekend Getaway

U.S. News & World Report

 

#1 Top City in the U.S. and Canada

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

 

#11 Top 25 Parks in the U.S.

Waterfront Park

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

 

Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge

Most Beautiful Bridges Around the World

CNN

 

#15 Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.

TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards

 

2012

 

#1 U.S. City and Top World Destination

Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

 

#2 Top 10 Downtowns for 2012

Livability.com

 

#4 Top City in the U.S. and CanadaTravel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

 

Top U.S. City with the Cleanest Air Honeywell AirGenius

 

Broad Street named a Top 10 Great Street for 2012

American Planning Association

 

Top Five Creepiest Town in America Away.com

 

Kiawah Island named #1 Happiest Seaside TownCoastal Living

 

#24 Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.

TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards

 

#4 Top City in the U.S. and Canada -Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

 

#4 Food and Wine Destinations on the Rise -TripAdvisor

 

#3 Best Weekend Getaway

U.S. News & World Report

 

#6 Best U.S. Historic Destination

U.S. News & World Report

 

One of the Top 21 places to visit in 2012 -Fodor’s Travel Guides

 

A Top 15 “On the Rise” Destination -Trip Advisor

 

2011

 

#1 U.S. City

Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

 

#2 Best City in the U.S. and Canada

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

 

#3 Best City in the World

CNN International

 

#4 Food and Wine Travel Destination -Trip Advisor Readers’ Choice Awards

 

#6 Best Town Ever

Outside Readers’ Choice Awards

 

Husk named Best Restaurant in America -Bon Appétit

 

Top Ten Best Shopping Streets in America

U.S. News & World Report

 

One of the Best Destination Wedding Locations in the Nation

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

 

Isle of Palms Named Cleanest Beach in South Carolina

The Natural Resources Defense Council

 

Isle of Palms Named Best Restored Beach in America

American Shore & Beach Preservation Association

 

Named Top Destination for Family Travel -Amy Graff, travel and kids expert

  

2010

 

Best Tennis Town in the U.S. -United States Tennis Association

 

Best Chef in the Southeast – Chef Sean Brock, McCrady’s

James Beard Foundation Awards

 

#2 U.S. City

Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

 

#3 U.S. City

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

 

Named One of the Coolest Small Cities in America

GQ

 

Top Holiday Destination

Travel + Leisure

 

Leading Favorite Among Readers’ Survey of America’s Favorite Cities

Travel + Leisure

 

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Named World’s Best for Families

Travel + Leisure

 

 A 2010 Best Town

Outside Magazine

 

Best Romantic Getaway and Best One-Tank Getaway

Augusta Chronicle readers

 

No. 4 in the U.S. Culture & Sightseeing category,

No. 2 in the Great Food & Wine category in the U.S., 

No. 3 for Great Food & Wine and

No. 20 in top twenty-five U.S. destinations

TripAdvisor’s Readers’ Choice Awards

 

Top Ten Place for Female Bonding

TripAdvisor.com, ChicagoTribune.com

 

Top Place to Visit

Lonely Planet Travel Guide

  

 


   

 

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