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Travel + Leisure reveals World’s Best Awards, and the top-ranked U.S. city is…

An old favorite is once again the top travel destination among U.S. cities.

With travel increasing as more Americans get vaccinated against Covid-19, Travel + Leisure released its 26th annual World’s Best Awards readers’ survey on Wednesday, highlighting the top destinations, hotels, cruise lines, airlines and more.

This year’s survey also includes the top national parks, as Americans have flocked to the outdoors and places closer to home as a respite during the pandemic.

A southern city that has earned Travel + Leisure Hall of Fame status once again leads the way as the favorite U.S. city to visit for the magazine’s readers.

Best U.S. Cities

1. Charleston, South Carolina

Downtown Charleston South Carolina Skyline Aerial (Kruck20 / Getty Images)

Downtown Charleston South Carolina Skyline Aerial (Kruck20 / Getty Images)

A regular at No. 1, the coastal city continues to be a magnet for travelers with its waterfront restaurants, historic downtown and scenic beaches. Travel + Leisure has designated it

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Charleston is Travel + Leisure’s No. 1 city for 9th year; SC islands take top 2 spots | Business

Charleston is one year shy of a decade-long sweep for the top spot on Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual list of the best cities to visit in the country. 

The city was the only one in the U.S. to make the publication’s 2021 worldwide ranking, coming in at No. 18.

South Carolina also took the top two spots on a list of the best islands in the continental U.S. with Hilton Head and Kiawah Island. 



SC tourism has recovered well, but rising COVID cases loom over the comeback

Unlike last year, when Travel + Leisure’s rankings were rolled out amid a major downturn for tourism caused by COVID-19, the 26th annual awards are coming out after a summer season marked by recovery for many parts of the industry, particularly in places like Charleston that have been able to lean on assets like beaches and outdoor activities that have remained popular during the pandemic.

In an announcement of the ranking rollout, the

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A mother-daughter staycation in Scottsdale using Marriott points



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My mom and I love spending quality time together and during this past year, due to the pandemic, we were unable to do so. After more than a year and a half, I finally visited my mom at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona, and we went to The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa for a short staycation.

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We booked our one-night stay at the Westin

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This small Vermont town named prime fall getaway by Travel + Leisure

Looking to escape the big city this fall? You don’t have to go far from Boston to find one of the best small-town getaways in the country.

Manchester, Vt., about three-and-a-half hours northwest of Boston, was named one of the seven best “off the beaten trail” small towns for a fall getaway in a new list published by Travel + Leisure..

Tucked not far from the southwest corner of Vermont, Manchester, with views of the Taconic and Green mountain ranges, is an ideal place to enjoy the fall foliage, Travel + Leisure said. Hiking is also a must — Manchester contains part of the country’s oldest long-distance trail, the 272-mile Long Trail, which snakes through the entire state.

Want to soak up the last of the sun? Head to the Seven Springs Garden and Sculpture Park to peruse the outdoor art, the Equinox Valley Nursery to pick out

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