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Charleston named No. 1 destination for third year

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Published Oct. 15, 2013

Charleston is ranked the No. 1 U.S. travel destination for the third consecutive year, Conde Nast Traveler announced today.

The ranking is the result of the magazine’s 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Charleston has also been rated No. 1 on the friendliest cities list.

“With ‘sand, sun, history, good food and friendly people,’ Charleston is a consistent hit with the travelers who venture to this ‘gracious and beautiful’ city. ... Nearby beaches and impressive architecture draw visitors, but it’s the ‘insanely nice’ locals who enhance ‘magnificent’ bed and breakfasts and ‘amazing shopping,’” the magazine says, quoting readers’ comments.

Charleston is ranked the No. 1 U.S. travel destination for the third consecutive year by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. (Photo/Liz Segrist) Charleston is ranked the No. 1 U.S. travel destination for the third consecutive year by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. (Photo/Liz Segrist)

Charleston received an average score of 83.2 for its culture, friendliness, atmosphere, restaurants, lodging and shopping.

“The charm of this city brings me back every year,” one reader said, according to the magazine. Another called it a “bucket list city.”

This year, Conde Nast Traveler had record participation, with nearly 80,000 survey takers, close to double the number in 2012. The readers cast 1.3 million votes for more than 16,000 properties around the world.

To celebrate, the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau commissioned a song and music video, called Charleston: Three Ways. Charleston resident and former American Idol contestant Elise Testone performed it.

“We have been tickled pink and on top of the world,” said Frank Fredericks, managing director of Wild Dunes Resort and chairman of the visitors bureau board of governors. “Now, Charleston is completely charmed to have received such an honor for the third year in a row.”

The Readers’ Choice Awards were announced in the November issue of Conde Nast Traveler, which hit newsstands today.

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