Santa Fe Still a Top Choice for Travelers in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s Readers Poll

For the 20th year in a row the knowledgeable travelers who subscribe to Conde Nast Traveler magazine have voted Santa Fe one of their favorite travel destinations in the U.S. Santa Fe was selected as the third most popular travel city in the U.S. after Charleston and San Francisco, joining a host of desirable travel towns in the magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. In the 2010 survey, Santa Fe was in the third spot as well.

The winners in the magazine’s 24th annual poll were announced in a variety of categories after more than 28,000 reader’s voted for their favorite travel cities, islands, hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, and other travel-service providers from around the world.

“All of Santa Fe can be proud of this recognition,” said Santa Fe Mayor David Coss. “The annual poll is generated 100 percent by the magazine’s readers, meaning that each of the city’s restaurants, lodgers, retailers, galleries, performers, attractions, and service providers have a hand in the award.”

Cities were rated on Atmosphere/Ambience, Culture/Sites, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants, and Shopping.

Santa Fe has been included as one of the top U.S. travel destinations by the poll since 1992 when Santa Fe was just a write-in candidate but received enough votes from the magazine’s readers to be chosen the number one travel destination in the world.

The “Top 10 US Cities” as ranked in the 24th Annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards:

1. Charleston, SC
2. San Francisco
3. Santa Fe
4. Chicago
5. Honolulu
6. New York
7. Savannah
8. Carmel
9. Seattle
10. Boston

The results of the poll will be featured in the November Conde Nast Traveler, which goes on newsstands later in October, and appear on the magazine’s web site,