Charleston ranked as #2 city in the world

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- With the food, the weather, the history, and the people, what's not to like about the holy city? Charleston has always been ranked among the best cities in the world and has gained that distinction again in 2014. Charleston ranks #2 in Conde' Nast Traveler's "Top 25 Cities in the World: Readers' Choice Awards 2014," rising three spots from last year's global ranking.The rankings were posted online Monday and list Charleston ahead of cities like Prague and Rome. A summary on the ranking page notes features like the pastels of rainbow row as reasons to love the holy city. Florence was rated as the number one city in the world while Budapest rated third. The ranking were voted on by approximately 77,000 of Conde Nast's readers. According to officials at The Charleston Area Visitor's Bureau, Charleston was also voted #1 in the nation. Charleston has topped the U.S. list for the past three years.

"The people of Charleston are honored to once again be named Cond Nast Traveler's Readers Choice No. 1 Top U.S. City," Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. said in a press release Monday. "To be recognized for the fourth consecutive year is truly a testament to Charleston's vibrant culture, genuine hospitality and wonderful people, who make it such a special place to both live and visit."

Even though logic would dictate that if the #1 city in the world is in Italy, then 2nd ranked Charleston would hold the #1 spot for the United States,{} a "Top Cities in the U.S." list has not yet been released on the Conde Nast website. To see how the votes are tabulated, click here.

Kiawah Island ranked #1 Island in the United States and the #2 Island in the World according to Conde Nast readers.

Charleston hotels also made the grade with Wentworth Mansion being ranked 25 best in the United States and #5 in the South. Other rankings in the South category include The Mills House at 38, Harbour View Inn at 26, Restoration on King at 24, Market Pavilion at 22, John Rutledge House at 19, Belmond at 17, Planters Inn at 16, and French Quarter Inn at 9.The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island excelled globally, ranking 65 in the Top 100 Resorts in the World list, 20 in the Top 25 Resorts in the U.S., and 4th best in the South.Hilton Head and Bluffton ranked in the Southern list as well with The Inn at Harbor town coming in at 6th, The Beach House ranking 8th, and the Inn at Palmetto Bluff at 9th.The Readers' Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Cond Nast Traveler, on newsstands October 28. To see all of the Conde Nast Readers' Choice Awards for 2014 online, click here.
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