Tripadvisor has named Charleston, South Carolina one of America’s most popular travel destinations for 2022.


One of the nation’s hottest travel destinations for 2022 is in South Carolina, according to a new report.

The tourist city of Charleston ranks #2 on a list of promising places to visit. It’s also the third-best place in the United States for foodies, according to Tripadvisor’s findings.

To compile the list, the website studied traveler ratings and reviews to determine year-over-year growth. Using data from November 1, 2020 through October 31, 2021, Tripadvisor also considered restaurants, activities and places to stay in destinations around the world, according to results released in January.

The results were split into several lists, including the trendiest and most popular places as well as those best suited to people who love food, big cities, sun, skiing and the outdoors.

Charleston made the list of trending US destinations and foodie hotspots, becoming the only Palmetto State destination to place in the top 10 in these categories. Tripadvisor has given the city a nod for having a setting that takes visitors back in time.

“Historic Charleston is brimming with Southern charm and hospitality,” the travel website said in its report.

When you’re not visiting Waterfront Park and other attractions, Tripadvisor recommends taking a food tour or a cooking class. It might not be a bad decision in a place that is home to several top restaurants.

In 2021, a Charleston ice cream parlor was named the best place in the state to grab dessert, and The New York Times named one of the city’s soul food restaurants as one of the American restaurants that excites it by this moment.

More recently, restaurant review website Yelp named two nearby North Charleston restaurants among the best in the country, McClatchy News reported.

But the Charleston area was snubbed on another recent food list. A Hilton Head Island bistro was the only one in the state to make OpenTable’s list of the best places in the United States to dine.

This time around, Tripadvisor declared New York City the best city for foodies. New Orleans rounds out the top five; Miami Beach, Florida; and Savannah, Georgia.

Additionally, rankings show that the country’s most popular travel destination was the Big Island of Hawaii. Other places in the top five for this category were Branson, Missouri; Moab, Utah; and Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Globally, the highest honor for food went to Rome, and the trendiest place was Mallorca, an island off the coast of Spain.

While no other city in South Carolina made the top 10, Hilton Head Island ranked lower in the rankings. It was named No. 21 on a list of America’s most popular destinations, a measure of places that are “most loved” and receive high ratings, Tripadvisor said.

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Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.


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