6 days in Atlanta, Columbia & Charleston Itinerary

6 days in Atlanta, Columbia & Charleston Itinerary

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6 days in Atlanta, Columbia & Charleston Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Atlanta
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Columbia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Charleston
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati

1
day
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Atlanta Botanical Garden, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Georgia Aquarium, and then get in on the family fun at SKYVIEW Atlanta.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Atlanta online vacation planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Atlanta. In July, daytime highs in Atlanta are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Columbia.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Georgia Aquarium ©
Georgia Aquarium
SKYVIEW Atlanta ©
SKYVIEW Atlanta
Atlanta Botanical Garden ©
Atlanta Botanical Garden

2
nights
Columbia

Columbia ©
A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fort Jackson. On the 18th (Thu), expand your understanding of the military at Fort Jackson, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then have fun and explore at EdVenture Children's Museum, and finally get to know the resident critters at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): explore and take pictures at University of South Carolina, then examine the collection at South Carolina State Museum, then walk around Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park, and finally admire the striking features of South Carolina State House.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Columbia itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Columbia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Columbia

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden ©
EdVenture Children's Museum ©
EdVenture Children's Museum
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Square, get interesting insight from Tours, and then look for gifts at MoonPie General Store. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fort Sumter National Monument, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Charleston trip tool .

You can drive from Columbia to Charleston in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Charleston are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens ©
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument

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