Travel + Leisure Magazine reveals world's best cities
From Charleston to Jerusalem, prestigious publication chooses best places to visit.
What do Bangkok, Barcelona and Jerusalem all have in common?
They're all part of a new list of the world's 10 best cities just revealed by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Nearly 17,000 Travel + Leisure readers participated in this year's survey. Readers rank cities on sights and landmarks, culture and arts, restaurants and food.
Two of the cities – Florence and Rome – have appeared on the magazine's best cities list for 10 consecutive years. The No. 1 city overall was Kyoto, Japan.
“It’s not surprising that Jerusalem made the list,” said Jonathan Caras, chief operating officer at Glide, a video messaging startup whose headquarters are in Jerusalem. “This city is a cultural touchstone, an emerging tech center and sits at the intersection of many different culinary styles. It makes sense for it to be a hotspot for global business and tourism," he told From The Grapevine.
The Jerusalem Light Rail, which opened in 2011, transports 100,000 people each day throughout the city. (Photo: ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock)
Charleston, South Carolina, came in No. 2 overall and was the highest-ranked U.S. city on the list. This marks the third consecutive year that Charleston has been named a top North American travel destination by the magazine.
“It’s not easy to win anything three years in a row, but Charleston clearly keeps on delivering one of the most satisfying travel experiences in the United States, and the world. Now more than ever it’s great to see T+L readers recognize what’s so special about the city, from terrific food to historic architecture to a local population that exudes hospitality,” said Travel + Leisure Editor Nathan Lump in a statement.
“Charleston is endowed with many attractive attributes – be it the sunny weather and raw natural beauty or the grand tradition of Lowcountry cuisine,” added Dan Blumenstock of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In addition to the global ranking, Travel + Leisure also released its list of the best cities in the United States, which included San Francisco, Santa Fe, Asheville, New Orleans and Savannah.
Jacqui Gifford, a senior editor at the magazine, appeared on the "Today" show to discuss the American cities and why they were chosen.
There’s no denying the impact of "best of" lists, says Matt Long, the publisher of travel site LandLopers.com. "More than serving as a travel guide for people, they do act as significant sources of inspiration," he told From The Grapevine. "The Travel + Leisure list is especially helpful since it’s voted on by actual travelers, reflecting what the modern tourist loves to do, eat, stay and, of course, visit."
This is the 20th year for the annual travel awards. The list is featured in the August issue of the magazine, which goes on sale on newsstands July 17.
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