Charleston's chic, classic style is just one of the many reasons readers rank it so highly. Known for its food scene, historic architecture, and good old Southern Charm,the city has nabbed top spot in the US two years in a row. Last year, it ranked seventh in the world overall, jumping to second place this year—and beating international heavyweights such as Rome, Siem Reap, Istanbul, and Mexico City in the process. Only Kyoto scored higher with readers this year.
T+L doled out 500 of the Cordial Churchman's bow ties to lucky passersby at New York’s Madison Square Park, on 23rd Street and 5th Avenue. And since not all of us have the Charleston know-how, professionals were there to lend a hand.
Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure and a member of the Trip Doctor news team. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.