CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston has been honored as the top American travel destination by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine.
Charleston was No. 2 on the list last year.
The award was presented Monday evening at the magazine's Reader's Choice Awards in New York with Charleston native and comedian Stephen Colbert awarding the honor to local tourism officials.
Colbert said Charleston is the most beautiful city he has ever seen and joked that, as a child, he picked up pocket change pointing out the house in Charleston where Rhett Butler grew up.
Charleston has been on the magazine's Top 10 list since 1993.
San Francisco was second on this year's list followed by Santa Fe, N.M., Chicago and Honolulu. New York was next followed by Savannah, Ga., Carmel, Cal., Seattle and Boston.