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America's Most Charming City Is...

Published On 06/09/2015 Published On 06/09/2015

When picking out a new city to call home, it's not all about the quality of the burgers or the craft beer scene. Alright, those are hugely important, but still -- an easygoing atmosphere can be just as valuable, especially if you're past the bad-decision-bar phase of your life.

Recognizing this value, Travel and Leisure took the results of its America's Favorite Cities survey and compiled a list of the country's 20 most "charming" cities, combining its readers' rankings for architecture, pedestrian-friendly streets, and quaint bookstores, as well as each city's sense of history and friendly atmosphere.

Coming in at the no. 1 spot, Charleston, SC pulled a Ludacris, thanks to its horse-drawn carriages and antique shopping opportunities. New Orleans, meanwhile, snagged second place, thanks to its beautiful architecture and local cuisine, while Providence, RI rounded out the top three with its killer arts scene.

Here's the full ranking:

20. Baltimore, MD
19. Pittsburgh, PA
18. Seattle, WA
17. Cleveland, OH
16. Atlanta, GA
15. Philadelphia, PA
14. Albuquerque, NM
13. Nashville, TN
12. Houston, TX
11. San Francisco, CA
10. New York City, NY
9. Kansas City, MO
8. Chicago, IL
7. Boston, MA
6. Portland, OR
5. Washington, DC
4. Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
3. Providence, RI
2. New Orleans, LA
1. Charleston, SC


Gianni Jaccoma is a staff writer for Thrillist, and he really, really wants to visit Providence. Follow him to Rhode Island on Twitter @gjaccoma and send your news tips to news@thrillist.com

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