Itinerary Highlights

  • Visit the Aiken-Rhett House, a former plantation home
  • Tour the Gibbes Museum of Art
  • Civil War buffs can visit Fort Sumter
  • Visit Drayton Hall, an 18th-century plantation on the Ashley River
  • Stroll Savannah’s celebrated garden squares linking to Forsyth Park
  • Tour Davenport House and the Owens-Thomas House
  • Play golf, take marshland canoe trips or go biking or sea kayaking

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Editor’s Itinerary

Georgia & South Carolina
Duration: 9 Days

For many years, Charleston and Savannah have been billed as rival sister cities. Both have impeccable colonial pedigrees — Charleston was founded in 1670, Savannah in 1733 — and airs of patrician gentility engendered by the mansions of their historic districts.

Charleston and Savannah also have two of the best and most unique restaurant scenes in the United States, in addition to an ever-growing list of museums and other attractions. And there’s a new bohemian edge brought on by the art-and-design schools (the College of Charleston School of the Arts and the Savannah College of Art and Design).

It makes good sense to combine the two cities into an itinerary, especially since they’re only two hours from each other by car. Those who have more time should consider extending the trip by staying in a hideaway in the coastal countryside. Both Georgia and South Carolina have tempting options.