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Meandering like a river through coastal roads lined with trees covered in spanish moss, the Low Country road trip delivers travelers back to the antebellum south. Bookended by two of the south’s most charming and architecturally interesting cities, Charleston and Savannah, the itinerary also includes a number of fine sandy beaches and civil war era forts.
Below is the step-by-step itinerary with links to TripAdvisor where you can research more about each destination and find great hotel deals and compare prices.
Begin your trip in Charleston, the oldest city in South Carolina and rich in architecture with over 2,800 historical buildings representing eight different architectural styles.
From Charleston head southwest to Edisto Island, one of South Carolina’s Sea Islands.
Next stop is Beaufort, another Sea Island noted for its antebellum architecture and beautiful setting.
Next hop over to St. Helena Island, yet another Sea Island surrounded by marshes and home to the remains of short-lived Fort Freemont.
Now onto Hunting Island State Park, a Sea Island with beautiful beaches. Climb the lighthouse for great views.
Bird lovers will enjoy the next stop at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge and the opportunity to view many species in their natural habitat including large concentrations of white ibis, herons and egrets.
End your trip in another southern gem, Savannah. Walk through the city’s historical park squares and onto River Street to view the artists studios and grab a bite at one of the many its fine restaurants.
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