21 photos that show why Charleston is one of America's most popular destinations right now


Charleston, South Carolina, is an ideal destination for a weekend trip. 

Not only does it have historic buildings to marvel at and cobblestone streets to stroll along, it's also a great place to eat, drink, and be merry. 

Charleston was voted the best city in the world by Travel + Leisure readers in 2016, beating out longtime tourist destinations like Florence, Barcelona, and Cape Town. 

Business Insider recently headed down south to see all that Charleston has to offer: 

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Charleston is a port city on the coast of South Carolina. The city itself has a population of roughly 133,000, according to 2015 census data.

Source: US Census

It was voted the world's best city by Travel + Leisure readers in 2016, and according to Lonely Planet, it attracts 4.3 million visitors every year.

Source: Travel + Leisure, Lonely PlanetTripadvisor

It's a two-and-quarter-hour-long flight from New York City to Charleston on United, JetBlue, and Delta. According to the flight-tracking app Hopper, round-trip flights cost, on average, $240 between April and June, and $200 September through October. These are considered the best months to visit.

Source: Hopper


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