So I spent last weekend bathed in sunshine silhouette by palms – er, palmetto’s – in Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. Yes, the temperature hovered around 35-45, definitely hovering around the lower extremes for the area, even in Februrary. Why Charleston? Why Savannah? Why now? Well, last February we undertook a 10-day Southern road trip and I figured an anniversary swing down to the only major coastal ports north of Florida I hadn’t been to yet was in store.
Five quick thoughts before I get into some pictures…
1) Charleston is a paradise in any season. Having been to San Juan (Puerto Rico), it seems cut out of the same Caribbean cloth. Not only that but it’s clean, accessible, fun, vibrant and friendly. I never understood why it was considered such a prime vacation destination – I do now.
2) Savannah is like Charleston-lite, a little more south-y and a little more mysterious (the Spanish moss adds to that effect). Savannah is also much smaller, about half the size (without consulting population statistics, I actually thought Savannah was the larger of the two. I may be a geo-nerd, but I still have things to learn!).
3) Charleston can be done “on your own” if you just want to admire the beauty of the city. Savannah, on the other hand, may be better done with a guide or some extra help. It’s harder to spot the prime spots in Savannah and it’s not as walk-able as Charleston. Charleston you can just enjoy wherever you walk, whereas Savannah seems more point-to-point. Savannah does have those famous squares, though, lots and lots of squares.
4) No journey to Savannah is complete without venturing out to Fort Pulaski and Tybee Island. This made the day trip for us! (I’ll post later about my visits to Fort Sumter in Charleston and Pulaski – we’ll keep the photos here generally restricted to the towns themselves).
5) Side trip! There’s always room for these on any road trip. We managed to stop in New Bern, N.C. and the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola as well as a quick dinner stop in Myrtle Beach on the drive from D.C. to Charleston. It made for a longer – 14 hours, including enjoying the stops – but more interesting drive through the eastern Carolinas. I also added a handful of counties to my tab, pushing the number to 663.
Onto the photos!