Budget Getaway: Charleston


You don’t necessarily have to go far, far away to have a memorable vacation: there are plenty of U.S. cities worth exploring. We asked our partners at Hoodline to explore Charleston, a top travel destination in the American South. The oldest and largest city in South Carolina, Charleston is known for its history, architecture, food culture, and hospitality. The city sits on a harbor at the nexus of three rivers, and it boasts a vibrant music and arts scene, along with numerous museums and family-friendly attractions.

There are plenty of regular, relatively-inexpensive flights between origins across the US and Charleston. Hoodline looked at data from travel site Skyscanner to provide us with a short list of flights and hotels handpicked with the trendy adventurer in mind.

Flights to Charleston

At the time of publishing this article, the cheapest flights between Cleveland and Charleston departs on November 30 and returns from South Carolina on December 4. This is route on American Airlines was listed at $198, roundtrip.

Hoodline also found deals in January. If you fly out of Cleveland on January 22 and return from Charleston on January 24, American Airlines can get you there and back for $199 roundtrip.

Charleston Hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Charleston’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do, and customer satisfaction.

The Market Pavilion Hotel (225 E. Bay St.)

If you’re looking to splurge on top quality, consider The Market Pavilion Hotel. The hotel has a 4.7-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $199.

Set in the heart of Charleston, this hotel is located right beside the open-air market and close to the Waterfront Park, bars, restaurants and shops.

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (115 Meeting St.)

There’s also the 4.6-star rated The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel. Rooms are currently set at $123/night.

Set in the heart of Charleston, this reconstruction of an 1853 hotel is close to the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Charleston County Courthouse.

Belmond Charleston Place (205 Meeting St.)

A pricer alternative is Belmond Charleston Place. The 4.6-star hotel has rooms for $249/night.

Charleston Restaurants

If you’re looking to snag a bite at one of Charleston’s many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner’s listings that will help keep you satiated.

The FIG (232 Meeting St.)

If you’re looking for a local favorite, head to The FIG, which has an average of 4.9 stars out of 40 reviews on Skyscanner. The eatery works with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source local products  and to incorporate seasonal offerings. 

“Fig is a great place to eat if you can get a reservation ahead of time,” wrote visitor Wythe. ” The menu changes daily which makes it interesting.”

Halls Chophouse (434 King St.)

Another popular dining destination is Halls Chophouse, with 4.9 stars from 31 reviews. Halls Chophouse is a family inspiration that values the importance of true hospitality and comfort. 

“Everything tasted fresh [and the] staff was so friendly,” wrote reviewer Maria. 

Hominy Grill (207 Rutledge Ave.)

Also worth considering is Hominy Grill.

Nationally acclaimed and locally beloved, Hominy Grill is a Charleston institution serving classic southern specialties. 

“Their grits and shrimp are fantastic [and] they also have excellent Bloody Mary’s,” wrote Lois. “Try to go early because a line generally forms on Saturday and Sunday morning.”

Charleston Attractions

Not sure what to do in Charleston, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

Downtown Charleston (King Street)

First up is Downtown Charleston.

The historic area of downtown Charleston features the historic row homes, many of which have been renovated and restored to their original Revolutionary War appearances. Additionally, visitors can also spend time in Fort Sumter, a Revolutionary War fort which participated in many battles during both the Revolutionary and Civil War eras. 

“Downtown offers many options – shopping, great eating, sightseeing, etc, ” wrote visitor Sarah. “[You can either] take a carriage tour or just walk the battery and market.”

The Battery (5 E. Battery)

Then, there’s The Battery. This iconic landmark was built as a defensive seawall and promenade.

“This is a waterfront park consisting of park benches under the oaks, ” wrote visitor Tracy. “As a tourist, the draw is walking thru the beautiful “South of Broad” homes.”

Charleston Waterfront Park (Concord Street)

Finally, consider checking out Charleston Waterfront Park.

Stroll along the pier of the Charleston Waterfront Park with your entire family to view the water fountains and to have a picnic in the park. 

“Going to the park doesn’t cost a thing, ” wrote visitor Tracy. “Kids can splash in the fountain [and] you can watch tug boats bring the carriers in and out.”

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