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Even from Knoxville to Savannah, I was advised to avoid the Atlanta route and likely traffic there.
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Avoid Atlanta unless you're making it a destination in which you'll spend some time. It will take you hours to drive from Atlanta to Charleston. Depending on flights and connections, you could potentially drive in less time that you could fly, if you're connecting in Atlanta.
We spent a week in Charleston a couple years ago. Ours was primarily a beach vacation, but there's plenty to do in Charleston and the area to spend a week. I highly recommend IoP and Wild Dunes if the beach is your goal. Can't speak much about Charlotte except it's never been a destination for me, a life-long resident of the South, except for business. Maybe her son can meet you in Charleston?? Hi Andrea! I would politely decline your friend's plan because with 5 nights, you just don't have enough time to cover all the "in betweens" and they're not exactly connected in a straight line.
Charlotte is a really nice business city with gleaming high rises, golf courses, restaurants, etc, but it's not exactly a "must" - it's a nice place to live and the downtown has really benefitted from the financial sector being located there. It's clean and has a lot of cultural activities and of course barbecue. Greenville is the only place I can think of that may be worth side-tripping to in South Carolina, but I would even skip that on this trip because it makes more sense if you were heading toward Atlanta, not Charleston.
The drive from Charlotte to Charleston is dull, I've done it many times because my b-friend lived in Charlotte. There are many interesting places in Georgia Augusta, Macon, etc. I think trying to "rope in" such a big geographic reach South Carolina, Georgia and a sliver of North Carolina in just a 6-day trip would be a mistake I would spend all 5 nights in the Charleston area best to fly right into there directly if you can so that you can really enjoy the place, surrounding areas, and some quick day trips.
Set aside 1 full day that's all you'll need really to drive down to Savannah Then spend the other 4 days in Charleston proper and little side trips to Beaufort, Summerville very quaint little town to the north , Mt. Pleasant, even North Charleston, and the many surrounding plantations and gardens you could choose from you'll even have to be selective with those on such a short trip. Maybe even Hilton Head if you have extra time which I doubt you will. I spent over two weeks in Charleston Mt.
Pleasant actually at a friend's house once, and it was pure heaven. I never tire of Charleston and the immediate area. I usually stay in North Charleston or Mt. Pleasant and it's a very easy drive in and I can tell you where to park for free easily Getting in and out of the airport in Atlanta can be a real hassle and, as you mention, would require 2 full days of driving to get to and from your specific areas of interest. I think I'd avoid it unless there's some overriding reason to go there.
Why not fly into Charlotte, rent your car there, then meander down the coast to explore the pretty southern cities of Charleston and Savannah at your leisure With only 5 days nights? Comfort and convenience does count for something. Then fly home from Charleston - or perhaps take a look at fares returning from Jacksonville,FL. Would check both open jaw or multi-city in airline speak as well as pricing it as 2 one-way flights, which sometimes can be quite cost-effective.
The only reason I can think that she wanted to fly RT to Atlanta would be the cheaper flight cost. We stayed at a cheap Marriott-brand hotel that had a free shuttle run to the historic area of Charleston. That was very convenient to not mess with parking. I enjoyed leisurely walking through the area, taking photos of historic homes. Also, I enjoyed the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Our last day was spent at the Magnolia Plantation; very educational, and I recommend the full tour, including going out on the boat to see the alligators.
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Myrtle Beach - I reserved an inexpensive condo at North Myrtle Beach through Barefoot Resorts, and they ended up giving us a fully furnished 4-bedroom townhouse with lots of room. Thanks everyone! I'm not on board with Atlanta at all. She has some relatives there. We were both talking about red eye flights that would get us into Charlotte in the morning, so we would save some time there. It takes so long to get to the east coast from the west coast. She will be flying from Portland, so probably has more options.
At Horton Pond you can spot turtles and alligators. Day at leisure: there are numerous activities to get involved with, from croquet on the lawns to cycling the miles of trails around the island - or you could just lie back by the pool. Jekyll Island , International return flight. Spend the final few hours on Jekyll taking in the sea air and views before driving south to Jacksonville and state number four of the trip, Florida, where you can put the top back up on your convertible and hand it back before flying home.
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Itinerary highlights Taste local delicacies such as Southern barbecue and Lowcountry boil. Walk in the shoes of American royalty at Biltmore House. Watch birds and comb the unspoilt beaches on Jekyll Island. Price includes Scheduled international flights. Fully insured vehicle hire. Day 1 Atlanta International outbound flight , Atlanta Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Atlanta.
Popular state park Hunting Island is a great place to enjoy family time on the beach. A playground for the people of Georgia by order of the state legislature, Jekyll Island is a safe, roomy, and friendly getaway. Kayaks resting on the beach on Cumberland Island.
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Tybee Island offers a number of kayak adventures, parasailing, and boogie boarding. Enjoy a nice bike ride on a converted rail bed that takes you into the grounds of historic Fort Pulaski. Evocative, romantic, and isolated, Cumberland Island is virtually the mossy picture of the old Sea Island South. The total lack of chain hotels and high-rises on Edisto Island means a very laid-back and thoroughly noncommercial beach experience. Low-traffic Sapelo Island offers friendly folks and a really beautiful beach.