Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy the town that ranks above the rest.
By Ree Hines, July 12, 2022
f you’re looking for a domestic destination for your next vacation, you can’t do better than Charleston, South Carolina — at least according to Travel + Leisure.
The travel magazine just published the results of its annual reader survey, and once again, the Southern destination topped the list of best cities in the United States.
As Travel + Leisure Editor-in-Chief Jacqui Gifford explained during a Tuesday visit to TODAY, this marks the 10th year in a row that the charming coastal city, affectionately known as Chucktown by locals, has topped all others.
“We’re so excited for (Charleston),” Gifford raved. “I think it really is the full picture.”
Charleston is mostly a town of highs, figuratively and, in the case of its rooftop bar scene, literally.
And it makes sense: where better to soak in that balmy Charleston weather and those unparalleled church spire views than atop one of the city’s many swanky hotels?
You don’t have to be downtown to catch that sweet Southern breeze, either: the watery outskirts of the city yield plenty of options. So get climbing—this is a city whose charms are best experienced from on high. These are the best rooftop bars in Charleston.
Sand between your toes and salt breezes are always easy to find in this part of South Carolina—and the barrier islands beyond Charleston’s city limits beckon for an afternoon jaunt where you might spot dolphins frolicking, or be tempted into savoring a double-dip ice cream.
Most are no more than an hour drive from downtown, but you’re able to find every kind of beach experience under the sun, from family days with plenty of amenities to secluded spots where it’s just you and nature, to historic lighthouses and wild beaches that look as if they’re right off the set of Cast Away.
Grab a towel and a sturdy pair of sandals, and get on the road—these are our absolute favorite beaches in Charleston.