Asheville ranked among top US cities in Travel + Leisure reader survey

Press release from the Meredith Corporation:

Asheville is ranked #8 city in the United States, according to the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2018 readers’ survey announced today and available now on The latest survey from Meredith Corporation’s Travel + Leisure 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, South Carolina
2.     New Orleans, Louisiana
3.     Savannah, Georgia
4.     Santa Fe, New Mexico
5.     New York, New York
6.     Chicago, Illinois
7.     San Antonio, Texas
8.     Asheville, North Carolina
9.     Nashville, Tennessee
10.  Honolulu, Hawaii

Outer Banks, North Carolina is ranked among the Top 10 Islands in the Continental U.S.


1.     Hilton Head, South Carolina
2.     Golden Isles (Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, St. Simons Island), Georgia
3.     Kiawah Island, South Carolina
4.     Mount Desert Island, Maine
5.     San Juan Islands, Washington
6.     Amelia Island, Florida
7.     Florida Keys
8.     Nantucket, Massachusetts
9.     Outer Banks, North Carolina
10.  Longboat Key, Florida

Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is ranked among the Top 10 Domestic Spas.


1.     Mii Amo, Sedona, Arizona
2.     Golden Door, San Marcos, California
3.     Sunrise Springs Spa Resort, Santa Fe, New Mexico
4.     Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona
5.     Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
6.     Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas
7.     Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, Pennsylvania
8.     The Ranch, Malibu, California
9.     Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Arizona
10.  Westglow Resort & Spa, Blowing Rock, North Carolina

The Swag in Waynesville, North Carolina, is ranked among the top 15 Continental U.S Resort Hotels.


1.     Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
2.     The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming
3.     Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
4.     Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
5.     Primland, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
6.     C Lazy U Ranch, Grand County, Colorado
7.     Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
8.     The Setai, Miami Beach, Florida
9.     The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia
10.  Brewery Gulch Inn, Mendocino, California
11.  The Swag, Waynesville, North Carolina
12.  Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach, Oregon
13.  Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont
14.  The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island
15.  The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado

The Swag in Waynesville, North Carolina, and Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina, are named among the Top 10 Resort Hotels in the South.


1.     Primland, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
2.     The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia
3.     The Swag, Waynesville, North Carolina
4.     The Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Virginia
5.     The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
6.     Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Highlands, North Carolina
7.     Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
8.     Lodge at Sea Island, St. Simons Island, Georgia
9.     The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
10.  The Willcox, Aiken, South Carolina

One company has held on to its No. 1 ranking every year since the survey was begun in 1996: Singapore Airlines (Top International Airline). The 2018 results, including the Best 100 Hotels, Best Domestic Airlines, Best Islands, Best Resort Hotels in the Continental U.S., Best Resort Hotels in Hawaii, Best Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines, Best Domestic Airports and Best Hotels in Paris, among other lists, are now posted on The survey results are also featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure, on newsstands July 27.

For the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2018 readers’ survey methodology, visit

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