Destination Guide

T+L's World's Best Winners 2016

Congratulations to this year's T+L World's Best winners!

World's 15 Best Cities:

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15. Cuzco, Peru
14. Bangkok, Thiland
13. Siem Reap, Cambodia
12. Beirut, Lebanon
11. Rome, Italy
10. Capetown, South Africa
09. Savannah, Georgia, USA
08. Barcelona, Spain
07. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
06. Kyoto, Japan
05. Luang Prabang, Laos
04. Florence, Italy
03. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
02. Chaing Mai, Thiland

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01.  World's Best City 2016 - Charleston, South Carolina, USA

01. World's Best City 2016 - Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Charleston moved up from the No. 2 city in the world last year to No. 1. The city has shown incredible resilience and, as one reader wrote, there is still “no place quite like it.” In addition to historic battlegrounds and jasmine-scented streets, Charleston is home to award-winning hotels (including the Spectator, No. 2 in the world this year) and restaurants. Antebellum charm, excellent boutiques, and the beautiful waterfronts at Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach make this city one of the most beloved in the U.S.—and now, the world.
— T+L

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In this issue


Amsterdam’s picturesque canals are perfect for leisurely bike rides; Big Ben looks small from atop the London Eye; friendly archery contests hit the target in Ireland’s County Kilkenny; and a behind-the scenes tour of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre has you dancing for joy.


Dive into the dazzling Aegean waters off Mykonos, get squared away in Madrid’s “Triangle of Art,” taste fresh mozzarella at a farmhouse in Sorrento, and relax with a good tome in a private garden within the center of treasures-filled Florence.


The scent of fresh gingerbread wafts through Christmas markets in Strasbourg and Vienna; Bordeaux toasts your arrival with its plentiful vineyards; the Brandenburg Gate stands as a triumph of reunification in Berlin; and Budapest’s seven bridges welcome you to the “Pearl of the Danube.”