Escape from Albuquerque to Charleston on a budget

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You don’t necessarily have to go far, far away or overseas to have a memorable vacation — there are plenty of cities worth exploring inside the United States. One option is Charleston, a top travel destination in the American South. As 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 boasts a vibrant music and arts scene, along with numerous museums and family-friendly attractions.

It’s more doable than you might think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are heaps of flights from Albuquerque to Charleston in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So, if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your radar. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Charleston

Currently, the cheapest flights between Albuquerque and Charleston are if you leave on Sept. 14 and return from South Carolina on Sept. 17. United currently has tickets for $263, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in August. If you fly out of Albuquerque on Aug. 31 and return from Charleston on Sept. 2, United can get you there and back for $305, roundtrip.

Top Charleston hotels

Regarding where to 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 a reasonably priced 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/night.

Set in the heart of Charleston, this hotel is close to attractions such as the Gibbes Museum of Art, 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 treat yourself, try The Market Pavilion Hotel, which has rooms for $199/night.

This hotel is located right beside the open-air market and close to Waterfront Park, bars, restaurants and shops.

Belmond Charleston Place (205 Meeting St.)

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An even pricer alternative is Belmond Charleston Place, which has a 4.6-star rating has rooms going 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 for a noteworthy spot to grab a bite, Charleston has lots of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a few from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.

FIG (232 Meeting St.)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to FIG, which has an average of 4.9 stars out of 40 reviews on Skyscanner.

FIG works with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavor and soul, and incorporates these 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. "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.

With an experienced team from the kitchen to the dining room, Halls Chophouse offers dishes, service and an atmosphere that will entice guests to stay, enjoy and come back time and time again.

"Absolutely delicious," wrote reviewer Maria. "Everything tasted fresh. Staff was so friendly — they truly made it an unforgettable experience."

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

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Finally, there's Slightly North of Broad.

This eclectic low country bistro brings an abundance of local ingredients together with thoughtful, expert presentation.

"I had the sweet potato tamale and my friend had beef carpaccio," wrote Joleen. "Both [were] very good."

What to see and do in Charleston

Not sure what to do in Charleston, apart from 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. Its main feature is the historic row homes, many of which have been renovated and restored to their original Revolutionary War appearances. Additionally, visitors can spend time in Fort Sumter, a Revolutionary War fort that participated in many battles during both the Revolutionary and Civil War eras.

"Downtown offers many options. ... Take a carriage tour, or just walk the Battery and market," wrote visitor Sarah. "Either way, you will love downtown Charleston."

The Battery (Charleston)

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Then, there's The Battery.

This iconic landmark was originally 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 [through] the beautiful South of Broad homes."

Charleston Waterfront Park (1 Vendue Range)

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Finally, consider checking out Charleston Waterfront Park.

Stroll along the pier of Charleston Waterfront Park and behold the beauty of the Charleston Harbor. Here, guests can view the calming dance of the water fountains while enjoying a picnic in the park, or watch the ships return to the harbor.

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