Explore the best of Charleston with cheap flights from San Jose

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.

Whether you’re trying to get away ASAP or you’re looking to plan ahead based on the cheapest fares, take a look at these forthcoming flights between San Jose and Charleston, which we pulled from travel site Skyscanner.

We've also included top-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions in Charleston to get you excited about your next excursion.

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Cheapest Charleston flights

Currently, the cheapest flights between San Jose and Charleston are if you leave on April 5 and return from South Carolina on April 9. Southwest Airlines currently has tickets for $298, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in June. If you fly out of San Jose on June 3 and return from Charleston on June 7, Delta can get you there and back for $379 roundtrip.

Top Charleston hotels

To plan your accommodations, 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 all-around top recommendation, 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 the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Charleston County Courthouse and all that Meeting and King streets have to offer.

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

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If you're looking to splurge on top quality, there's The Market Pavilion Hotel. Rooms are currently set at $199/night.

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

Embassy Suites Charleston – Historic Charleston (337 Meeting St.)

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A third option is the Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston. The 4.4-star hotel has rooms for $143/night.

Local restaurant picks

Charleston has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

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. The spot works with local farmers to source products with integrity, flavor and soul, and then incorporates them into the menu.

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. "Our entire group was not only happy with their choices, we were all stuffed! Everything tasted fresh."

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.

"Their grits and shrimp are fantastic," wrote Lois. "They also have excellent Bloody Marys. Recommend for breakfast or brunch."

Slightly North of Broad (192 E. Bay St.)

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Finally, there's Slightly North of Broad.

"I had the sweet potato tamale and my friend had beef carpaccio," wrote Joleen. "They were recommended by the bartender as her favorites and both [were] very good."

Featured Charleston attractions

Charleston is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are some popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

Downtown Charleston (King Street)

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First up is Downtown Charleston.

The historic area of Downtown Charleston is an experience not soon forgotten by the thousands of tourists who visit each year. The main feature is the historic row homes, many of which have been renovated and restored to their original Revolutionary War appearances and feature amazing 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. "It's 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, spend some time at the Charleston Waterfront Park.

Stroll along the pier of the 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. 

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