Travel + Leisure Magazine has released its “World’s Best Cities” list for 2015 and a city in South Carolina was ranked at No. 2.
The list is compiled based on reader surveys and looks at “energetic, diverse destinations intent on preserving local heritage and revitalizing undervalued neighborhoods.”
The cities on the list “possess distinct personalities that set them apart from other metropolises,” according to the magazine.
Charleston, S.C. ranked No. 2 and was the only city from the United States to be listed.
Kyoto, Japan was ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row. Readers called it the “quintessential Japanese experience.”
The following was written about Charleston, S.C.:
South Carolina’s oldest city has consistently charmed T+L readers with its antebellum aesthetic and old-fashioned Southern hospitality.
It’s the only U.S. city represented in the overall list, and repeatedly appears on its America’s Favorite Cities lists.
Despite its famed friendliness, Charleston has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, becoming the most recent site of a great national tragedy and intense civic debate.
T+L readers paid tribute to the qualities that have captivated the hearts of travelers from around the world.
“Charleston has it all,” one reader said.
It’s been applauded for its beautiful, jasmine-fringed neighborhoods and historic battlegrounds.
Not far from downtown is Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach, where locals and visitors go to cool off amongst the grassy, soft sand dunes on hot summer days.
Also worth exploring are the galleries on Broad Street and the city’s award-winning restaurants.
The top 10 list is as follows:
1. Kyoto (Japan)
2. Charleston (South Carolina)
3. Siem Reap (Cambodia)
4. Florence (Italy)
5. Rome (Italy)
6. Bangkok (Thailand)
7. Krakow (Poland)
8. Barcelona (Spain)
9. Cape Town (South Africa)
Read more, see full list: Travel + Leisure Magazine