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Georgia Vacation Spots
Charleston and Savannah are elegant, historical Southern cities with restored mansions and antebellum homes to pique visitors' historic interest. Urban Atlanta is quite different, serving as the areas major metropolitan area. The subtropical coastline, on the other hand, offers great beaches, sea islands, and marshes, with exclusive golf resorts, mass-market tourist spots, and isolated areas of Gullah culture.
Major tourist attractions along the coast make South Carolina and Georgia great states for road tripping. In fact, many Florida-bound travelers from points north will find that spending a few days driving through South Carolina and Georgia makes for a good alternative to flying (and you take your shoes off when you want—not when the TSA agents say!). Beach hopping and driving through historic antebellum towns beats a boring flight overhead any day!
Atlanta is not close enough to the major population centers of the eastern US to be a weekend destination, but there are lots of family attractions and Georgia vacation spots; so it is worth passing through and spending time. After all, what will your kids say when they find out that you passed right by the nation's Coca Cola Factory! Let us know if the rumored Coca Cola recipe is true – look out for trucks delivering nutmeg extract and coriander.
South Carolina Vacation Spots
Charleston is one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. because of its historic homes and attractions. The opera Porgy and Bess takes place in Charleston and gives viewers a wonderful picture of this old, architecturally beautiful, historically rich city. Many of the great Charleston tourist attractions revolve around these aspects of the city—architecture and history, making the city a prime South Carolina vacation spot.
You can go on a tour of some of Charleston's old houses that are open to the public. Many of these houses are built in the Greek Revival, Classic Revival, or Georgian (as in the British King George III) style. Of particular note are the Joseph Manigault House that introduced Federal-style architecture to the city and the Nathaniel Russell House, famous for its self-supporting, spiral staircase—truly a masterpiece!
Charleston, SC was named after England's King Charles II. Repeat - Charles. Remember that before you misspell it Charlston or Charelston.
Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach Vacation Spots
Beach bums, water lovers, activity seekers, and beach combers, take note: If you're in South Carolina, you'll want to plan a Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach getaway. In fact, if you're anywhere in the U.S. you'll want to make your way over to these prime beach vacation spots.
These beaches are where families, couples, singles, and spring break vacationers alike head to during the warmer months of the year. You name a beach activity; you'll find it here. In fact, the area isn't just laden with water attractions, but with other non-beach fun options as well.
That means that when the sun goes down in Myrtle Beach, for example, or when you've just had enough fun in the sun, you can head over to Myrtle Beach's Family Kingdom Amusement & Water Park, the Coastal Grand Mall, Ripley's Aquarium, Waccamaw Factory Shoppes, or Myrtle Waves Water Park. There is also a fantastic nightlife in Myrtle Beach with loads of dining opportunities, bars, and nightclubs.
Hilton Head also offers non-beach activities, although its activity offers less of a "Las Vegas-esque" vibe than does the always active shores at Myrtle Beach. Bike riding is extremely popular at Hilton Head, as is hiking, spa-ing, shopping, and dining along the beach. Get to Hilton Head or any of its surrounding beaches early for an unforgettable sunset.
Atlanta Vacation Spots
Savannah, located just south of South Carolina's Hilton Head beach area, is a quintessential Southern town. Its close enough to shore than it can be considered a beach town, and just far enough to preserve its small city inland status. The best way to experience Savannah is by strolling around Savannah's old neighborhoods. Most neighborhoods have central squares with trees and park benches, nice resting spots along the way.
Savannah is also well known for its jazz community. Johnny Mercer, a famous jazz musician from the 1950s, was born in Savannah and made a long-lasting cultural impression on the city.
A wonderful Atlanta vacation spot steeped in history, make sure to get your states right. The founding fathers would not forgive a reference to Savannah, South Carolina. It is in Georgia.
South Carolina and Georgia Road Trip Planner
Driving around the region in a loop is the best way to experience the South. A week to 10 days should give you enough time to see the urban, rural, historic, cultural, resort, and natural attractions. Plan an Atlanta to Myrtle Beach road trip, with detours up and down the coast. The route is so clear, you probably won't even need a map of Georgia and South Carolina. Google maps should be all you need.
Tourist Attractions and Highlights in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, SC, Atlanta, Savannah, GA