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Charleston in one hop


Proof that classic styles will always come back into fashion, 349-year-old Charleston, South Carolina, has been repeatedly voted one of America’s favourite small cities in the past decade. Now you can reach it on a direct transatlantic flight for the first time, with British Airways’ nine-hour route from London Heathrow, running until late October. Charleston has preserved its historic architecture better, arguably, than anywhere else in the US, and, these days, visitors are let with a fuller picture of the slavery that once underpinned its wealth. Streetscapes such as Rainbow Row (pictured) decked out in heritage-approved paint schemes are a backdrop to a dining scene that continues to astound, not just with gumbo and other Southern specialities, but also cuisine that draws on cultures further afield.

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