Jul 27, 2022

5 Reasons Charleston Ranks as the Top City in the U.S.

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It’s no surprise that our beloved city has been named the No. 1 city in the United States for the tenth year in a row, earning a coveted spot as a WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Known for its rich history and southern charm, you’ll discover why Charleston is one of the South’s most iconic cities and continuously ranks as one of the top travel destinations in the world. We’ve rounded up five reasons why the Holy City stands out.

Rich History. Founded in 1670, the City of Charleston is most known for is its rich history. With its cobblestone streets and historically preserved mansions, it’s easy to see that Charleston has a story to tell. Visitors from across the nation visit the oldest city in the state of South Carolina to explore the many museums and take in views of Southern history. Charleston’s nickname, “the Holy City,” speaks to the many religious sites, some of which are more than 250 years old.

Proximity to the Water. Bordered by the harbor and winding waterways, Charleston is surrounded by natural abundance. Charlestonians and visitors alike enjoy outdoor activities year-round, such as days spent on our sandy white beaches, boat cruises through the harbor and evening sunset walks with picturesque views. No matter which part of Charleston you’re located in, a waterfront escape is always nearby.

Award-Winning Culinary Scene. As a culinary community, Charleston understands the importance of its heritage. Freshly caught seafood including crabs and oysters are a staple. While we will always enjoy dishes that include classic Southern ingredients like grits and okra, new restaurants and concepts are always opening in the city and taking on new flavor for residents and visitors to experience. A variety of international influences also help make up the Lowcountry flavor that permeates this Southern city. From many award-winning and off-the-beaten path restaurants to choose from, Charleston’s culinary scene has something for everyone.

Eclectic Art and Style Scenes. The fine arts community has thrived in the Holy City for hundreds of years with the opening of the Dock Street Theatre, the nation’s first permanent playhouse. Immerse yourself in eclectic art at the Gibbes Museum of Art, which houses thousands of works of Southern art, including pieces from the Charleston Renaissance. Charleston’s art galleries are mostly within walking distance of each other in the “gallery district”, the unofficial neighborhood spanning several blocks within the historic French Quarter and “gallery row” along Broad Street.

Southern Hospitality. Charleston is known for it’s easy-going laid back lifestyle where Southern hospitality is a way of life. Our city has even been ranked one of the friendliest cities in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler. Wherever you go, you will encounter friendly faces and warm hospitality. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, Charleston will make you feel right at home.

If you’re looking to move to Charleston, one of our expert agents would be happy to show you why our city is so loved.


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