|King St., Charleston, S.C.|
Sigh. I hesitate to share the awards Charleston wins because I want people coming here for the right reasons, not just because it is listed as the best and latest place to check off their bucket list. This time we won Conde Nast's "Friendliest City" award. Ya gotta like that. I am reminded of the time a gentleman was charged with assault. He slapped a visitor who didn't respond when he said "Good Morning" on the street. Most friendly city indeed! His explanation? In Charleston we say "Good Morning."
1. Charleston: Score: 91.5
With “sand, sun, history, good food, and friendly people,” Charleston is a consistent hit with the travelers who venture to this “gracious and beautiful” city (in fact, it's also the No. 1 city in our entire Readers' Choice Survey, with high scores for ambiance, restaurants and culture). Nearby beaches and impressive architecture draw visitors, but it’s the “insanely nice” locals who enhance “magnificent” bed and breakfasts and “amazing shopping.” “The charm of this city brings me back every year,” praised one devoted fan.
In other news, it sure is hard to pack a suitcase when everything you own is blue and black.