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Charleston ranked as one of top friendliest cities in the US


Charleston, SC | Photo by @james_simpson_photography

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We’ve got some exciting news for you, Charleston friends. In case you missed it, our city is officially one of the friendliest cities in the country. Well, according to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Each year, Condé Nast asks their readers to vote on which city they feel is the friendliest, and we came in at no. 2. Three of our sister market cities also ranked on this year’s list. Major shoutout to GVLtoday (ranked #1), NOOGAtoday (ranked #9) + AVLtoday (ranked #10).

CNT highlights Charleston’s history, such as the Civil War-era historic sites like Fort Sumter, our amazing culinary scene, and naturally, our beaches (Kiawah and Isle of Palms to name a few) as potential reasons for travelers falling in love with our city. We might be a bit biased, but we think it’s pretty easy. Also, we recently learned what brought some of our readers here – this is what they said.

This recent news had us thinking about all the ways Charleston is unique. Check out a few reasons below.

Opportunities to learn history

From the first municipal college in America (College of Charleston) to the first historical district in the US, every day there is something new to learn in the Holy City. Learn more here.


Need we say more? Here are some top local restaurants we have listed in the past, here are some farm-to-table spots + here is how you can eat around the world right here in Charleston. Dessert? Say no more, just click here.


Here are some local parks worth exploring + downtown walking routes, fishing spots, and perfect places for stargazing.

The many ways to give back

Nothing compares to the opportunity of giving back in the community. Check out how Charlestonians are giving back in various ways here.

Unlimited date night options

Whether you are going on a first date or exploring the town as an established couple, Charleston has great food options, historical tours, and picturesque parks, which surely makes planning a date an easy task. Need ideas for a first date? We’ve got you covered here.

Think you know Charleston? Test your knowledge here.