2 South Carolina Cities Named Among The Best Small Cities In America

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Two South Carolina cities are getting praise for being among of the best small cities in America.

Condé Nast Traveler recently released its 2022 Readers' Choice Awards list for the best small cities around the country, and two towns in South Carolina managed to snag spots on the list. According to the site, "enthusiasm for travel has never been higher," with nearly 250,000 readers responded to the survey to choose their choices for best small and big cities.

So which South Carolina cities were chosen as two of the best small cities in the America?

Charleston and Greenville

While Greenville ranked No. 6 overall on the list, an incredible accomplishment in its own right with the competition it faced, Charleston managed to grab the top spot on the list. Here's what Condé Nast Traveler had to say:

"Charleston may be a small town, but this city punches well above its weight. When you consider everything it has to offer — history, culture, food, charm — it's no wonder the so-called Holy City has repeatedly topped our list of the best small cities in the U.S. While its robust F&B scene, which includes a steady annual circuit of nationally recognized food and culture festivals, continues to be a draw, visitors are rarely prepared for the city's good looks. Stately homes, cobblestone streets, waterfront views, and an abundance of flowering window boxes only add to its welcoming vibe."
"Plan a trip to Greenville now and you. might see it just on the cusp of stardom. The food lover's town has a farm-to-table scene that continues to rise in the ranks (try Jianna for Italian and freshly shucked oysters, and Vault & Vator, the city's first speakeasy, for a strong, well-crafted cocktail), and its craft beer scene is seeing a similar explosion. Paired with its dynamic urban spaces are abundant natural resources, including a 32-acre Falls Park, which runs through the middle of town, and the Swamp Rabbit bike trail — now at a whopping 22 miles and counting."

Here are the Top 10 cities readers voted as the best small cities in the U.S.:

  1. Charleston
  2. Aspen
  3. Santa Fe
  4. Alexandria, Virginia
  5. Savannah, Georgia
  6. Greenville
  7. Key West
  8. Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
  9. Palm Beach, Florida
  10. Wilmington

Check out Condé Nast Traveler's full list to see the best cities, both big and small, around the country.

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