How to travel from Portland to Charleston on the cheap

22 July 2019

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You don’t necessarily have to go far, far away to have a memorable vacation: There are plenty of U.S. cities worth exploring. One option is 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.

Fortunately, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive flights between Portland and Charleston on travel site Skyscanner.

Here’s a list of flights, hotels, restaurants and local attractions in Charleston to get you excited about your next excursion. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Charleston

The cheapest flights between Portland and Charleston are if you leave on Sept. 6 and return from South Carolina on Sept. 9. JetBlue currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $184.

There are also deals to be had in August. If you fly out of Portland on Aug. 29 and return from Charleston on Sept. 2, American Airlines can get you there and back for $276 roundtrip.

Top Charleston hotels

To plan your stay, here are some of Charleston’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

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

If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, consider The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel. The hotel has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $123.

This reconstruction of an 1853 hotel is close to Gibbes Museum of Art and Charleston County Courthouse and all that Meeting and King streets have to offer. Dining options include a restaurant and a bar/lounge flanked by an outdoor courtyard with patio tables.

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

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A pricier alternative is The Market Pavilion Hotel. Rooms are currently set at $199/night. It has 4.7 stars.

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

Belmond Charleston Place (205 Meeting St.)

If you're looking to splurge on top quality, there's the Belmond Charleston Place. With a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, the hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city. Rooms are currently listed for $249/night.

"The staff was friendly and the rooms clean and comfortable. The seventh and eighth floors are club level and you can upgrade for a nightly fee," wrote visitor Joleen.

Featured Charleston food and drink

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.)

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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.

This establishment works with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavor and soul while incorporating seasonal offerings into its menus nightly. 

"FIG is a great place to eat if you can get a reservation ahead of time," wrote visitor Wythe. "It is not a place to just walk in to get a quick bite. Menu changes daily, which makes it interesting."

Halls Chophouse (434 King St.)

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Another popular dining destination is Halls Chophouse, with 4.9 stars from 31 reviews.

"Absolutely delicious," wrote reviewer Maria. "Went there for a bachelorette trip and our entire group was not only happy with their choices, we were all stuffed."

Hominy Grill (207 Rutledge Ave.)

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Also worth considering is Hominy Grill.

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

"Very popular for brunch and known for their Southern cuisine," wrote Lois. "Their grits and shrimp are fantastic. They also have excellent Bloody Marys. Recommend for breakfast or brunch."

Featured 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)

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First up is Downtown Charleston.

The historic area of downtown is an experience not soon forgotten by the thousands of tourists who visit each year. The main feature is the historic row of homes, many of which have been renovated and restored to their original Revolutionary War appearances and feature antique furniture and decor. 

The Battery 

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The Battery is another popular destination. 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. "Great for locals walking their dogs and for the walkers and joggers. As a tourist, the draw is walking through the beautiful South of Broad homes."

Charleston Waterfront Park (1 Vendue Range)

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Lastly, consider checking out Charleston Waterfront Park.

Stroll along the pier of Charleston Waterfront Park and behold the beauty of the Charleston Harbor. Bring your entire family to view the calming dance of the water fountains as you enjoy a picnic in the park.

"Going to the park doesn't cost a thing," wrote visitor Tracy. "Kids can splash in the fountain. There are beautiful sturdy shaded porch swings, which if you get lucky or patient you can relax in."

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