8 days in South Carolina & North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in South Carolina & North Carolina Itinerary

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8 days in South Carolina & North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Savannah
Drive:  1​h
1
Hilton Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Charleston
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Savannah

2
nights
Hilton Head

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 11th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Pines Forest Preserve, and then look for gifts at The Oilerie Hilton Head Island. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Museum, then stop by Harbour Town Lighthouse, and finally stop by Mingles.

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Savannah to Hilton Head is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Sea Pines Forest Preserve ©
Sea Pines Forest Preserve

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Aiken-Rhett House and Magnolia Cemetery. Explore hidden gems such as Folly Beach Public Beach and Fort Moultrie. When in Charleston, make a side trip to see Charleston Tea Plantation in Wadmalaw Island, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, hunt for treasures at Market Square, look for gifts at The Hidden Countship, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Michael's Church.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Charleston trip planner .

You can drive from Hilton Head to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In December in Charleston, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Charleston Tea Plantation, Folly Beach Public Beach, Fort Moultrie
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Aiken-Rhett House ©
Aiken-Rhett House
Fort Moultrie ©
Fort Moultrie
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church

2
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Biltmore Estate. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lexington Glassworks and Philip DeAngelo Studio. There's much more to do: make a trip to Grovewood Village, stop by Kress Emporium, examine the collection at Folk Art Center, and take a stroll through Biltmore Village.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Asheville trip planner .

You can drive from Charleston to Asheville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Charleston in December: high temperatures in Asheville hover around 50°F and lows are around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Biltmore ©
Biltmore
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence

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