Charleston and Savannah itinerary

Old Apr 7th, 2015, 12:08 PM
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Charleston and Savannah itinerary

We will be touring in Charleston and Savannah in May, early June for one week. We have a car. We planned 4 days Charleston and 3 days in Savannah. Do you have any recommendations for sights that we must see. Which plantations do you suggest? Do you recommend time in Beaufort on our way to Savannah from Charleston?
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We did the same thing a few years ago. You might want to take a look at my trip report; click on my name to find it.
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You'll likely be in Charleston during Spoleto, a busy and exciting time to visit. That alone will keep you occupied! https://spoletousa.org/ As soon as you have an idea of where to stay, I'd book it. Hotels fill up fast during this time period. I'd start with the Visitors Center and purchase the inexpensive booklet, The Complete Walking Tour of Historic Charleston, then proceed to wander and visit as much as possible. It's a great way to really get the feel of the city (It's my preferred way). But I'd also recommend a guided walking tour or a carriage tour to supplement. For plantations, I have a preference for either Drayton Hall or Middleton Place, though any are well worth a visit.

You'll get lots of recommendations for places to eat in Charleston and you can't go wrong with any of them, but I'll recommend a few newer ones. Leaf restaurant for a brunch, and The Grocery or The Ordinary for a dinner.

Savannah is smaller and has tons of historic charm that again, is best appreciated by walking around and exploring. The squares are simply beautiful, and nice places to linger. There are several historic buildings to visit, and a reasonably priced pass that allows entry to a few of them is well worth it.

In Savannah, we like to eat at the Pink House for a nice dinner, and Leopold's for ice cream. There's a newer place called Zunzi's which has great take out sandwiches (highly rated). We were recently in town and tried a new tapas place called Jazz'd Tapas bar. Wonderful food.
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