8 days in Georgia, South Carolina & North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in Georgia, South Carolina & North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Atlanta
— 1 day
Fly
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Jekyll Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Savannah
— 1 night
Drive
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Hilton Head
— 1 night
Drive
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Charleston
— 3 nights
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 1 night
Drive

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Atlanta

— 1 day

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Silver Comet Trail and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Georgia Aquarium.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Atlanta tour planner.

Washington to Atlanta is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Washington in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Atlanta: highs are around 74°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Jekyll Island.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Jekyll Island

— 1 night
A vacation on Jekyll Island allows visitors to discover the lifestyle of American aristocrats from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Driftwood Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Jekyll Island trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to Jekyll Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Atlanta in April, Jekyll Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Savannah.

Things to do in Jekyll Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Savannah

— 1 night

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 12th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with Savannah Historic District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bonaventure Cemetery, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews and tourist information, you can read our Savannah day trip planning tool.

Drive from Jekyll Island to Savannah in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in April, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hilton Head

— 1 night
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
On the 13th (Tue), hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hilton Head sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Savannah to Hilton Head in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in April, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Charleston

— 3 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sullivan's Island Beach and The Center for Birds of Prey. Escape the urban bustle at Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fort Sumter National Monument and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Charleston travel website.

You can drive from Hilton Head to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in April, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Charleston

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Corolla

— 1 night
A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Corolla trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Charleston to Corolla takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Charleston in April, Corolla is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Georgia travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Aquariums
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.