Charleston ranked top U.S. travel destination

(Photo source: Travel and Leisure)
(Photo source: Travel and Leisure)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - After making Travel and Leisure magazine's list of "snobbiest cities," the magazine announced that Charleston has been voted the top U.S. travel destination.

Travel and Leisure's features director Nilou Motamed announced on the TODAY show that Charleston was voted top city in the U.S. and Canada in Travel and Leisure 2013 World's Best Awards.

According to the magazine, this marks the third consecutive year that Charleston has been named the top U.S. trael destination by a national magazine.

Charleston has previously earned the top spot in 2011 and 2012 with Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards.

"Visiting the Charleston area is a unique experience for many reasons," says Frank Fredericks, Managing Director of Wild Dunes Resort and Chair of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Governors. "From the nationally recognized restaurant scene and exquisitely preserved historic district to the surrounding miles of pristine beaches and barrier island resorts, the Charleston area offers a rare combination of sophistication, living history, natural beauty, and world class hospitality. We are delighted to be recognized by readers of Travel + Leisure as a favorite travel destination and want to thank everyone who took the time to vote in this year's World's Best Awards."

In addition to the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada ranking, the following six Charleston area hotels received 2013 World's Best Awards.
TOP 100 HOTELS (worldwide):
52. Market Pavilion Hotel
80. Wentworth Mansion
Resorts (40 rooms or more):
27. The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Large Hotels (100 rooms or more):
33. Charleston Place
Small Hotels (Fewer than 100 rooms):
1. Market Pavilion Hotel
3. Wentworth Mansion
4. French Quarter Inn
7. Planters Inn

To celebrate the Charleston's area win, the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching #TakeMeToChs, a year-long sweepstakes that awards trips to the destination with accommodations provided by the six Charleston area hotels, inns, and resorts that appear on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World's Best Awards.

The sweepstakes is one component of an extensive advertising campaign that will appear inTravel + Leisure magazine, on, and across Travel + Leisure digital platforms. For contest rules, visit

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