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Charleston, South Carolina Is Officially The Best City In The World

11/23/2013 08:25am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

Which is the greatest city in the world? Is it Paris? Tokyo? A teeny little town on the Italian coast?

Nope, it's none other than Charleston, South Carolina, where the grits are spicy, the weather is warm, and the people are oh-so charming. This city -- which has been voted best in the U.S. numerous times, in numerous rankings -- nabbed number one in the entire WORLD for the first time this year in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards.

There are more than a few reasons Charleston place beat out the rest of the planet. Here are 25 things worth the rush down to “Chucktown.”

2. Long cobblestone streets

3. The peanut butter burger at Poe’s Tavern

4. College of Charleston basketball games
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5. The Movember Celebration Finale, a small-town festival where your mustache could win the "Most Like Tom Selleck" award

6. A Sunday bike ride on Ravenel Bridge
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7. The dance floor at Prohibition bar

8. A perfect bowl of shrimp and grits

9. Sand between your toes and surfers galore at Sullivan’s or Folly Beach
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10. She-crab soup, Charleston's signature dish made from the sweet meat of a female crab

11. The Holiday Progressive Dinner, in which horse-drawn carriages shuttle you to three separate dining spots

12. Hand-woven palmetto roses
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13. Country bands playing Daft Punk songs in the bars on King Street
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14. Sunsets over the Cooper River
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15. The incredibly large (and incredibly potent) Mason Jar Margarita at YoBo

16. A drive across the causeway to Sullivan’s Island

17. Spanish moss on oak trees
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18. That casual stuffed wombat or deer head on the wall at every watering hole
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19. Civil War cannons and a view of Fort Sumter at the Battery

20. The "Nasty Biscuit" at Hominy Grill
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21. Window-shopping for mansions on Rainbow Row
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22. Second Sundays on King Street, when vendors set up tables on the town's main drag to mingle with food trucks and music performers

23. Snack-cake-scented candles at MoonPie General Store

This photo of MoonPie General Store is courtesy of TripAdvisor

25. Blended mudslide cocktails served waterside at the Charleston Harbor Resort

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post included a photo of the Three Sisters houses, labeling them as part of Rainbow Row. In fact, they are on a street nearby. The photo has been updated.

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