Charleston Named the No. 1 U.S. City by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for Third Consecutive Year


Condé Nast Traveler announced today the results of its 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which recognizes the world’s leading travel brands and best cities. For the third consecutive year, Charleston has been named the No. 1 U.S. City with an overall score of 83.2 from the Culture, Friendliness, Atmosphere, Restaurants, Lodging, and Shopping categories.

“We have been tickled pink and on top of the world,” says Frank Fredericks, Chair of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitor Bureau Board of Governors of the earlier top city wins. “Now, Charleston is completely charmed to have received such an honor for the third year in a row.”

To celebrate Charleston’s third consecutive Readers’ Choice #1 U.S. City Award, the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau commissioned an original song titled Charleston: Three Ways. Performed by Charleston resident and former American Idol contestant Elise Testone, the song pays musical homage to the Lowcountry with lyrics including: How much do I love you? Let me tell you three ways. I could tell you three hundred, but that’d take all day. (Three) Steeples reaching for the sky. (Three) Beaches stretching far and wide. (Three) Shrimp boats flowing through the sea. (Three) Sweet teas by an ancient oak tree.” 

The music video for Charleston: Three Ways features many recognizable Charleston area landmarks and may be viewed at

This year, Condé Nast Traveler had a record-breaking nearly 80,000 readers participate in the survey, close to double the number of survey takers in 2012. These dedicated travelers cast 1.3 million votes for more than 16,000 properties around the world.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands October 15, 2013.

For the complete list of 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, visit