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  • Condé Nast Traveler announces 2013 Readers' Choice Awards
  • Readers vote world's top city is San Miguel de Allende in Mexico
  • Charleston, South Carolina, takes top spot for ranking of U.S. cities

How many have you been to? And do you agree with the rankings?

Condé Nast Traveler announced the winners of its 26th annual Readers' Choice Awards yesterday.

As they do every year, this year's results introduce new categories, new hotels and re-ordered lists of the world's best destinations.

The magazine said this year's list was the most comprehensive ever, with 1.3 million votes cast for a whopping 16,000 properties around the world.

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World's best cities

    The "Top 25 Cities in the World" list had refreshingly surprising additions and rankings -- Paris came in at a lowly 22 while Bruges and Cape Town tied for 11th place.

    Budapest and Florence tied for second, while the very top spot was seized by the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, which took the crown from last year's favorite of Charleston, South Carolina (which was tied for fifth this year).

    Italy snapped up five of the top 25 cities, while Spain managed to take three.

    Despite its slide in the global rankings, Charleston was still voted the top city in the United States for the third year in a row, for its "sand, sun, history, good food and friendly people."

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    More categories

    In the "Top 100 Hotels and Resorts in the World" category, La Residence in South Africa and Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, New Zealand tied for first place, while Virgin America was named the No. 1 airline in the United States. Singapore Airlines came in first for international airlines.

    Here's a small selection of the rankings.

    Top cities in the world

    1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
    2.= Budapest, Hungary
    2.= Florence, Italy
    4. Salzburg, Austria
    5.= Charleston, South Carolina, United States
    5.= San Sebastián, Spain
    7. Vienna, Austria
    8. Rome
    9. Siena, Italy
    10. Québec City
    11.= Cape Town, South Africa
    11.= Bruges, Belgium
    13. Vancouver, Canada
    14. Kyoto, Japan
    15.= Prague, Czech Republic
    15.= Kraków, Poland
    17.= Victoria, Canada
    17.= Sydney
    17.= Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
    20.= Seville, Spain
    20.= Beirut, Lebanon
    22.= Paris
    22.= Melbourne, Australia
    24.= Venice, Italy
    24.= Barcelona, Spain

    Top cities in the United States

    1. Charleston, South Carolina
    2. Sante Fe, New Mexico
    3. San Francisco
    4. Honolulu
    5. Chicago

    Top hotels and resorts in the world

    1.= Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Maturi Bay, New Zealand
    1.= La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa
    3.= Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa
    3.= Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, South Africa
    5. Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily

    Top U.S. airlines

    1. Virgin America
    2. Jetblue Airways
    3. Hawaiian Airlines
    4. Southwest Air Lines
    5. Alaska Airlines

    Top international airlines

    1. Singapore Airlines
    2. Emirates
    3. Virgin Atlantic
    4. Etihad Airways
    5. Air New Zealand

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    What are you favorite cities, hotels and airlines? Did the Condé Nast Traveler readers get it right? Tell us below!