Where to Wednesday: Best in the World

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6 Jul 2016
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“When we travel to an urban center, we’re often looking for the whole package—history, culture, exciting cuisine, modernity, antiquity, and everything in between. It sounds like a tall order, but the world’s best cities offer these attributes and more.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on the top cities…readers ranked cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.”

-Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Cities 2016

Travel + Leisure just named Charleston the World’s Best City. It’s the first time any U.S. city has taken the number one spot in the much-revered magazine’s Top 15 list.

Charleston scored highly in the competition’s categories of sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

The editor of Travel + Leisure praised its “prime coastal setting, historic architecture, and friendly locals” among other things.

Where to experience this ‘prime coastal setting’? There’s no better place than Isle of Palms or Sullivan’s Island!
Where to see the 'historic architecture'? All around you! Our concierge can arrange a tour of downtown Charleston if you’d like to either walk or ride in a carriage around the peninsula.
Where to meet the 'friendly locals'? Every place you go. The Southern hospitality here is no joke. We want you to feel welcome and happy throughout your vacation; everyone will go out of their way to make sure that happens.

The best way to do a Charleston area vacation? Live like a local! By renting an Island Realty vacation home, you’ll get the full-tilt experience of the prime coast. You’ll be inspired to learn about the historic architecture. You’ll find that after just a few days, you start acting like a friendly local.

If you were still on the fence about taking a Charleston vacation, let this new accolade be your decision-maker. After all, in a world filled with such splendor, it’s pretty amazing that you don’t even need a passport to visit the best city in the world.

We want everyone to experience the place that has inspired so many Travel + Leisure readers. We’re offering two summer specials to encourage you to experience the magic of Charleston for yourself! Find out how you can experience a Charleston beach vacation for up to 30% off here!