Charleston, South Carolina. If you keep up with the news, the first thing you may have thought upon reading that is The Charleston Church Massacre. Despite tragedy and stereotypes, Charleston has been ranked the friendliest city in the world. According to a recent study, the influx of tourists is credited to the unique cuisine being the main interest point, but the experience of traditional Southern hospitality leaves an impression that can’t be matched anywhere else. If you talk to the thousands of survey participants or even visit yourself, your old perceptions of the South will be washed away for good.
- Charleston, South Carolina is now the friendliest city in the world, according to Conde Nast Traveler’s 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
- Sydney came in second place, followed by Dublin in third place.
- Charleston, Savannah and Nashville, all southern US cities, stand out as spots where locals are quick to offer directions and other assistance — and where the locals talk to each other.
“To arriving travelers, a city can get a reputation for friendliness through its locals and its appearance.”