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Press Release

Savannah Ranked “Top U.S. City” (No. 4) by Travel + Leisure Readers

Summer Bozeman


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Savannah is ranked No. 4 city in the United States according to the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2019 readers’ survey announced yesterday on Savannah has been in the top five destinations of the 15-city list since 2016. This year, the destination is ranked above such popular vacation cities as New York City, Chicago and Honolulu.

“Savannah again being recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine as being one of the top five visitor destinations in the country is a testament to all that our community has to offer our guests,” says Visit Savannah President Joseph Marinelli, “and most gratifying is that this list was decided by readers. From terrific air service, lodging, dining, attractions and tours to spectacular retail offerings, we have the type of experiences that our customers are looking for, but it’s Savannah’s people and spirit of Southern hospitality that really makes the difference in why folks choose to visit Savannah and rank us so high.”

The new survey reveals the top travel destinations and companies in the U.S. and around the globe, from cities and islands to cruise lines, airlines, hotels and more. Cities are rated on sights/landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and value.



  1. Charleston, SC
  2. Santa Fe, NM
  3. New Orleans, LA
  4. Savannah, GA
  5. New York City, NY
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Nashville, TN
  8. Asheville, NC
  9. Austin, TX
  10. Honolulu, HI
  11. San Antonio, TX
  12. Taos, NM
  13. Williamsburg, VA
  14. San Francisco, CA
  15. Washington, DC

Travel + Leisure readers rated their favorite hotels, cities, islands, destination spas, cruise lines, airlines, tour operators, car-rental companies, and more. The World’s Best Awards 2019 readers’ survey results (listed by overall and regional rankings) and survey methodology are featured on now and is the cover story of the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands this month.

Follow the conversation on Twitter with @TravelLeisure, #TLWorldsBest, @VisitSavannah and #VisitSavannah.

For media assistance, contact Summer Bozeman at [email protected] or 912-644-6429.

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Visit Savannah serves as the official destination marketing organization for the Savannah area tourism industry and is committed to driving economic prosperity in the greater Savannah community through increased overall visitation and related spending while continuing to build upon Savannah’s image as a world-class destination.