Atlanta to Charleston Road Trip – Atlanta, Georgia is a buzzing city, home to the Busiest Airport in the USA, Harts-field Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which draws over 50 million people annually!
This makes its a popular starting point for fly drive road trip vacations. Atlanta is also home to many other record breaking icons such as the worlds largest Aquarium (home to whale sharks!), the worlds largest Drive in Restaurant and many more.
Whereas Charleston, South Carolina offers a more intimate experience with a southern charm. From cobblestone streets to carriage rides and a variety of historic attractions. A road trip between Atlanta and Charleston is the perfect marriage of two different icons…both which offer there own unique character.
How far is Charleston from Atlanta?
Charleston, South Carolina is between 4hr 40 mins and 5 hr 20 mins from Atlanta, Georgia depending upon the route. The distance is between 300-352 miles.
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Atlanta to Charleston Road Trip Itinerary:
You will want to give yourself at least two days in Atlanta and 2 days in Charleston to really explore what they have to offer. Enroute, we stopping of in Savannah which is pretty nice but quite small so one nights stay here is enough.
- Atlanta, Georgia – 3 Days
- Savannah, Georgia- 1 Day
- Charleston, South Carolina. – 3 Days
1. Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is famed for its southern hospitality, musical heritage and also the birth place of the civil rights movement.
Things to Do in Atlanta:
Dive into the Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia aquarium is the largest Aquarium in the world!It was designed around a 6.3 million US gallon (24,000 m3) whale shark exhibit, making it the only Aquarium outside of Asia that houses the giant species! It also houses 100,000 other sea creatures in over 10 million US gallons of fresh and salt water!
Address: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coca-Cola is an interactive museum which showcases the history of The Coca-Cola Company, which debuted in Atlanta in 1886. Highlights include, a large Vault which contains the famous recipe, Bottle works, Coca Cola Polar Bear and even a 4D Theatre!
Address: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
Admission cost to the World of Coca Cola?
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
“I Had a Dream” Of course you couldn’t visit the birthplace of the Civil rights movement without exploring a little about its history. The National Historic Parkis spread over several sights such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was baptized.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is spans over 30 acres and is located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta. The garden’s mission is to “develop and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display, education, conservation, research and enjoyment.” It’s a nice place to escape the Atlanta madness and get back to nature. The gardens also run events such as light shows, frog feeding and even cocktail parties.
Centennial Olympic Park
When the kids have got that caffeine rush from the World of Coca Cola, head to the Centennial Olympic Park. This is a 22-acre public park located in downtown Atlanta, it was built by the for the 1996 Summer Olympics so the perfect place to let of some steam!
Address: 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
Visit the Largest Hindu Temple in the World (Outside of Asia!)
Atlanta holds a number of records and is surprisingly the home to the largest hindu temple in the world! (Outside of Asia). Due Atlantas fast growing international population (one in 10 people in Atlanta were born outside the United States). Atlanta has become home to over 1,000 places of worship including churches, synagogues, mosques and both Hindu and Buddhist temples.
Where to Eat in Atlanta?
Visit the worlds largest drive inn Restaurant!
Another Atlanta record, covering over two acres in Downtown Atlanta, Varsity is the worlds largest drive in Restaurant and can accomodate up to 600 cars outside and over 800 people inside. The venue is especially popular when Georgia Tech plays at home.
Fun Fact: Varsity makes over two miles of Hot Dogs, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of Chilli daily!
For something a little more classy head to Bacchanalia West Midtown is a seasonal, farm-to-table spot that’s great for client dinners or a big night out. The menu changes daily and you can have multiple dishes for each of the four courses. The Maine lobster with fennel, ginger is unreal!
Address: 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW Suite 1, Atlanta, GA 30318, United States
Staplehouse is the hottest table in Atlanta this charitable Old Fourth Ward spot delivers “artfully prepared” New American meals that “push your palate’s boundaries”. Reservations only.
Address: 541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, United States
Where to stay in Atlanta?
For our list of recommend places to stay in Atlanta follow the link HERE
2. Savannah, Georgia
Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and one of the original 13 colonies. This quaint city is filled with cobblestoned streets, manicured parks and horse drawn carriages. Due to its age, Savannah is a history buffs dream with a variety of Civil war & Revolutionary sites making it a popular place to visit.
In the centre of Savannah you will find the stunning Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. My favourite thing to do here was to drive through Oak tree lane, a breath taking Instagrammable road! It actually made our list: 25 Most Epic Driving Roads in the U.S.A: Road Trip Ideas!
Fun Fact: Savannah is home to the 2nd largest St Paddies parade in the USA: For more info check out: 12 Epic Parades in the U.S.A
Things to do in Savannah
1. Drive through Oak tree lane!
This will be one the most memorable drives of your life! Meander through oak tree lane and marvel at the live Oak trees. Which are dripping in Spanish Moss…the native Americans called it “Tree hair”. As you drive off the main road onto oak lane, you will have your breath taken away by this natural wonder!
The speed limit is 15 mph. So drive slow and enjoy the majestic oaks. At the end you, there is a parking lot where you can hop out and take a hike along one of the scenic trails.
Where is Oak Tree Lane?
Try driving oak road at night also, for a spooky drive through the oaks!
Fun Fact: Savannah was also the birthplace of the girl scouts founder
2. Wormsloe Historic Site:
This is a place surrounded by theatrical oak trees and colonial estates.
Address: 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406
Hours: 9:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Admission: $2 and up for the site. But you can stop by and enjoy the alley for free.
A quaint area for museums, shopping and markets.
Address: 36 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401
Hours: Mn-Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
4. Historic Downtown:
Explore Savannah’s Historic District, wander through beautiful cobblestone streets, check out the rustic mansions, 18th-century rowhouses and historic squares.
5. Visit Forsyth Park and a 300 year old oak tree!
Candler Oak Tree is over 300 years old; making it one of he oldest living landmarks in the area! Location: 516 Drayton Street, Savannah, GA 31401. The tree is located adjacent to Forsyth Park
6. Lunch? Head to City Market:
City Market is a bustling area, which offers entertainment, restaurants.
7. Savannah Waterfront
Savannah Waterfront is one of the cities most popular tourist areas, it covers River Street, Factors Walk, Bay Street and Hutchinson Island. Here you can wander the cobblestone streets stop of in the charming inns and take a peek in the antique shops.
Here you can also find Oglethorpe Landing monument, which marks the spot where Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe landed in the port of Savannah in 1733. There is also the Steamship Savannah Marker, (SS Savannah) the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.
Close to Factors walk you will see a 19th-century cotton exchange, a reminder of Georgia dark slave trade past. You should also check out Hutchinson Island, which is easily accessible via the city’s ferry service or via the Talmadge Bridge. Here you will find some nice restaurants and resorts.
8. Gingerbread House
Built in 1899 by Cord Asendorf, this unique house is considered one of the finest examples of Steamboat Gothic architecture in America. These days The Gingerbread House is one of Savannah’s leading event venues, popular with romantic weddings, anniversary parties and other festivities.
9. Dinner: Fine Dining at The Olde Pink House.
The Olde Pink House is one of the most popular fine dining restaurants in Savannah. Which serves high end southern cuisine with a modern twist.
Address: 23 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401
Hours: Mn-Sun 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Tue-Sat 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Price range: $31-60
10. Other things to see:
- Owens-Thomas House
- Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
- Gryphon Tea Room
- Tybee Island – Great for Crab fishing!
Where to stay in Savannah?
3. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina has been a vibrant seaport and trading hub since the 1700s. These days it looks much the same as it did back then with Narrow cobblestoned streets, high spired churches and historic landmarks such as Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out!
You will also find antebellum (“Pre War”) houses in the beautiful French Quarter & Battery Districts. While the Battery promenade and Waterfront park overlook Charleston Harbor. Boutiques, gift shops and antique stores can be found along King Street. Whereas Broad, Queen and Church streets are home to many art galleries.
Things to do in Charleston:
1. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens:
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is one of the oldest plantations in Southern USA and is on the National Register of Historic places. Spread over 464 acres Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a great place to wander through and learn about the history of the area.Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is open November to February from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm with ticket sales ending at 4:00 pm. Spring hours, beginning in mid-March, to October, with opening time 8 am until 5:30 pm. Magnolia is open 365 days a year.
Address: On the Ashley River at 3550 Ashley River Road west of Ashley, Charleston County, South Carolina
Magnolia Plantation is Dog Friendly, Dogs are allowed to explore the gardens, be taken on tram tours and even allowed in the Plantation House.
2. Patriots Point
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, at the mouth of the Cooper River on the Charleston Harbor. Here you will find fantastic exhibits, its a great place to go with the family where you will see World War II airplanes, Splashdown pods from NASA, and more.
There is even a Medal of Honor Museum , when you can read about the acts of Bravery war heroes performed.
Address: 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, United States
3. Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens:
Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working plantations, which has been continually growing crops for over 320 years! This is a Beautiful plantation where you can take a tractor tour through farmland, the butterfly room, and see the original slave cabins which are part of a self-guided tour. At the end you can take at seat at Gullah Theatre for an interactive presentation.
Address: 1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, United States
4. Fort Sumter National Monument
A federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out! In April of 1861, Lincoln sent supplies to this fort.
5. Folly Beach: Charlestons best Beach!
Although Charleston, South Carolina is not the first place which comes to mind when you think of great beaches…it does have a few surprises. If your here during the summer I suggest heading to Folly Beach on Folly Island, in South Carolina, which lies just south of Charleston. Here you will find Folly Beach Pier, which stretches than 1,000 feet into the ocean. A great place for crab fishing. Whereas the Center Street is lined with surf and souvenir shops.
Where to Eat in Charleston?
1. The Bar at Husk
Slide onto a barstool at the “Bar at Husk” here you can have a sophisticated drink and try one of there Gourmet “Bar only burgers which includes Benton’s Bacon, with american cheese, sliced onions and butter pickles (a Southern staple).
Order this with a side of grilled wedges and wash it down with a Bourbon cocktail. There is also a version of this in Savannah, Greenville and Nashville, TN.
Address: 76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, United States
2. Charleston Farmers Market
3. 167 Raw
167 Raw is one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Charleston here you will find contemporary seafood such as oysters, lobster rolls, fish tacos & more.
This place is no reservations and People can wait in lines down the block just to try a delicious lobster roll or tuna burger
Address: 289 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, United States (They are also opening another on King Street very soon!)
4. The Glass Onion
The Glass Onion serves refined, locally sourced soul-food favourites in a charming environment. Be sure to try the fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese/grits.
Address: 1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407, United States
Where to Stay in Charleston?
Two of my favourite places to stay in Charleston include, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel. A luxury hotel with outdoor pool and gourmet restaurant. Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District is also incredible with a pool, meeting spaces and 24/7 meals.
For our full selection of recommended Hotels follow this link HERE.
Road Trip Tips:
- Make sure you have all your Travel Essentials
- Make sure you have all your Travel Accessories
- Bring a Great Travel Camera to capture some scenic shots.
- Bring some High Quality Hiking boots: See Recommended Hiking Gear
- Make sure your Car is serviced, with a spare tire or alternatively rent a fully reliable car.
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