Charleston, South Carolina, voted Conde Nast Traveler favourite

3 November 2009

South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism has announced that one of its coastal cities, Charleston, has been voted second favourite in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Readers' Choice Survey for 2009 (US edition).

Charleston scored consistently high across all categories, receiving an overall rating of 83.1. Each candidate city was rated (for Atmosphere/Ambience, Culture/Sites, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants, and Shopping) on a five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, poor. Criterion scores, which represent the percentage of respondents rating a city excellent or very good, were averaged to determine the final score.

Dolly Chewning, International Sales Manager, South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism says: “We are delighted to have been awarded this accolade, and it is testament to the attractive offering that the city of Charleston presents. From walking tours to historic streets, from world class seafood restaurants to boat trips, there is certainly something for every type of traveller. It is a huge honour that some of the world’s most discerning travellers have voted Charleston one of their top US destinations amongst such a competitive list of finalists.”

Travel + Leisure magazine also recently lauded Charleston in a survey rating 30 popular cities. It secured the number one slot for B&Bs/Inns and Thanksgiving travel, also ranking in the top five for Attractive People, Friendly People, Antique + Vintage Shops, Historical Sites/Monuments, Farmer's Markets, Romantic Escape, and Stylish Boutique Hotels.

For more information on planning a visit to South Carolina, visit

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