With Valentine’s Day coming up, there are plenty of wonderful destinations across the United States to choose from for a romantic vacation. Whether you’re looking for a bustling tour through Time Square or a glamorous stroll through the Hollywood Block of Fame, there are boundless opportunities for an unforgettable day out with your significant other. However, the cities of Charleston, North Carolina and Savannah, Georgia both offer an old-world charm that’s unique to the south. With cobbled streets, historic buildings, gorgeous gardens and a relaxed pace of life, these cities are ideal destinations for the perfect getaway.
Traveling Between Charleston and Savannah
How to get there: Charleston, SC – Savannah, GA with Southeastern Stages, starting from $23.65
Enjoy Coastal Views in Charleston
Known as “The Holy City” for its distinct skyline dotted with countless church steeples, Charleston is one of the most beautiful cities in the country with its coastal views and antebellum architecture. Between squares of historic buildings, are various gardens, such as the iconic Battery Park, White Point Gardens and the Cypress Gardens, which were featured in The Notebook. What makes these sites so memorable are the regional fauna, including oak trees, palmetto trees and Spanish moss. To really take in all the sites of the city, such as the famous “Rainbow Row,” there’s no better way than to take a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Other sites that are worth a visit include Sullivan’s Island, a 15-minute drive from downtown Charleston, for an optimal view of the sunrise or sunset on the beach. The Dock Street Theatre is one of the oldest in the country, founded in 1736, and is still in operation as the home of the Charleston Stage Company. For a day of relaxation, there’s no better place to visit than the Spa at Belmond Charleston Place, and then enjoy the city’s numerous dining options, such as Circa 1886 or the Charleston Grill with delicious traditional southern dishes.
Travel Through Time in Savannah’s Historic District
Charming mansions, stunning squares, a rejuvenated riverfront and some of the best food in the south, Savannah, Georgia is an amazing city to explore at any time of the year. The city’s warmer climate makes the perfect escape from colder northern weather as well as the opportunity to peruse the city’s 22 squares and lively city market. Savannah’s historic district, established in 1733, is a national landmark and is full of Gothic, Regency, and Georgian architecture. Some of the district’s most noteworthy attractions include the Gordon Family home, Savannah’s first registered national historic landmark and home to Juliette Gordon Low who founded the Girl Scouts, and the impressive Owens-Thomas House.
Travel along the city’s waterfront to visit the Old Fort Jackson, the oldest brick fort that still stands on the Savannah River. Revived during the 1970s, Savannah’s 200-year riverfront is home to over seventy shops, restaurants and art galleries and is the perfect place for a scenic stroll along the river. Enjoy a taste of the city’s renowned culinary scene with the Savannah Taste Experience tours, which lets visitors sample foods from some of the city’s best restaurants or try out the World of Beer for a selection of premium craft beers. Perhaps the most memorable sight is the city’s restored market, with 300 years of history and tons of quality shops and restaurants to enjoy.