We’re number one!

Last month, Conde Nast Traveler readers deemed Charleston the best city in the world. Not in the state, or in the South, or even in the country — in the entire world. I couldn’t help but feel a little pride when I heard the news, but I also thought it was ridiculous. What about Paris? San Francisco? London?

So I decided to go to the source, interviewing people from Traveler, Fodor’s, and TripAdvisor about how their rankings work and how Charleston has become such a popular destination.

From Charleston’s own visitors’ bureau, Frank Fredericks had this to say:

“Most people who can travel have been to all the big cities. They’ve been to all the known attractions in the country such as Disney World and so on. I think a lot of it got even stronger after 9/11 when people realized that they wanted things that are real and authentic. Charleston is very authentic. In a lot of ways, it’s been an undiscovered destination for many folks. So I believe that what people are now looking for is Charleston as an authentic cultural destination.”

You can read the whole story here.