Itinerary – Southern Charms
North Carolina, South Carolina & Georgia

Regional Suggestions Charlotte | Myrtle Beach | Charleston
Hilton Head Island | Savannah

About this itinerary

Driving distance: 402 Miles
Recommended travelling time: 14 Nights
Recommended travel season: Spring, Summer, or Fall
Enjoy the high energy of Charlotte, North Carolina, with its passion for auto racing, professional sports and modern museums, then retreat to the Atlantic Ocean coast in South Carolina and Georgia, where a string of historic cities, classic beach towns and islands await with pristine sands, wildlife-watching and championship golf.

Charlotte, North Carolina


Curious about American stock car racing? Visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame, then watch a race, or even drive, at nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sports fans also can enjoy football, baseball or basketball, or get active at the U.S. National White-Water Center. Charlotte doubles as a cultural capital. Don't miss the international Craft + Design collection at the Mint Museum Uptown or the thought-provoking Levine Museum of the New South.
To next stop: 175 miles| Total distance travelled: 0 miles


Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

In this classic beach town, comb the white sands for seashells, then drift into Broadway at the Beach, a spirited collection of open-air shops and restaurants specializing in local seafood. Diversions include Ripley's Aquarium, where you can glide through a tank filled with stingrays and sharks. View native animals with wildlife tours ranging from dolphin-sighting cruises to river tours offering glimpses of alligators and eye-catching birds.
To next stop: 96 miles | Total distance travelled: 175 miles

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston's signature is its antebellum mansions painted in a rainbow of colours and featuring elaborate ironwork. Stop at Battery, Charleston's historic waterfront promenade. Tour a rice plantation at Middleton Place, featuring the 18th century House Museum and Stableyards. Fort Sumter National Monument is great for American Civil War history. The site looks over Folly Beach and Sullivan's Island with wide beaches, locally owned restaurants and activities such as surfing.
To next stop: 99 miles | Total distance travelled: 271 miles


Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Retreat to Hilton Head Island for pristine beaches. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, with a wealth of trails and bird-watching opportunities, is thoroughly enjoyable. Golfers can select from more than 30 championship courses. The Coastal Discovery Museum showcases the landscape; stroll beneath the site's massive live oak trees and along boardwalks that teem with wildlife. Don't leave without touring the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse, picture-perfect with red and white stripes.
To next stop: 32 miles | Total distance travelled: 370 miles

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is full of pretty town squares and preserved architecture. Pass by the spectacular fountain at Forsyth Park. Heading toward the Savannah River, pause at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and its iconic twin steeples. Continue to City Market's courtyards and squares with restaurants, shops and galleries. For a side trip, visit Tybee Island for a lighthouse tour, paddling excursion or charter cruise. Drive to Atlanta, Georgia or Charlotte, North Carolina to make your way back home.
Total distance travelled: 402 miles

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