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Cities in the States

Charleston, S.C.: a 3-day getaway

Everybody hates layovers. So in our new occasional series we’ll highlight six cities you can fly nonstop to from Boston and provide three-day getaways. Today it’s Charleston. Future destinations include: San Fransisco, Seattle, Cleveland, Las Vegas, and Miami.

CHARLESTON — A visit to the Holy City, so named for its historic houses of worship, pulls you back in time. Horse-drawn carriages transport tourists along cobblestone streets flanked by centuries-old, beautifully preserved, and impeccably manicured gardens and homes, many open to the public. From land, you can gaze across the harbor to Fort Sumter, where Union soldiers suffered the first hit in the Civil War. But Charleston comes with a fast-forward button, too. Lowcountry cuisine keeps raising the bar, and a new wave of boutiques and bars buoy several neighborhoods. Mix it all together for heavenly results.

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