South Carolina is rapidly making a name for itself as a luxury tourist destination. Charleston is considered a jewel in the American travel landscape and is currently rated by major publications as the top city in the United States. History is found literally around every corner, and the city is often called a living museum. At the same time, it has become the new food capital of the South, combining fresh produce with daring imagination. The Low Country sees a blending of Soul, Classic Southern and Gullah influences. In terms of nature and environment, the barrier islands surrounding the city are a unique ecosystem with tremendous beauty.