Charleston named 'South's Best City' for second year in a row

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Holy City maintained its title as the South's Best City in a Southern Living reader poll.

This year's "Southern Living South's Best" ranked a variety of "bests," including the city, tiny town, small town, beach, festival and grocery store.

Charleston, which won the title in the previous edition, was again named the "South's Best City."

"Our obsession with this jewel of the Lowcountry has only grown as the Holy City has expanded its culinary scene, added a bevy of hotels and inns, and opened glittery new shops," the article states.

In addition to the best city honor, South Carolina can claim the best beach. The Palmetto State finished with three of the top five contenders for that honor.

Spoleto Festival USA topped their list of best Southern festivals, with another Charleston contender in second place.

Aiken took the top honor as the South's Best Small Town.

Click here to see the all winners.

A total of 32,000 readers were asked to take part in the poll, according to the magazine.

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