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Savannah and/or Charleston During Hilton Head Trip

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Savannah and/or Charleston During Hilton Head Trip

Our family of six (kids' ages 18, 16, 13, & 11) are thinking about coming to Hilton Head for the 1st time at the end of May. I would like to also visit either Charleston and/or Savannah, but not sure if doing both AND Hilton Head in a week's time is too much. Some options are:

1. Fly into Charleston. Spend 1 or 2 nights there. Drive down to HH for the remainder of the week. Fly out of Savannah. Take a dinnertime flight and spend a little bit of the day there.

2. Skip Charleston. Fly into Savannah. Spend a night or 2 there and then drive to HH.

Are we trying to squeeze too much in with the 1st option? If you had to pick Savannah or Charleston, which would you choose and why? Which city has more Civil War history?

Thanks so much!

North Carolina
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1. Re: Savannah and/or Charleston During Hilton Head Trip

You can do option 1 no problem if you want Civil War history. Charleston has Ft Sumter, a Confederate Museum, historical homes and plantations, churches - more history than you can see in a day or two. There is also a lot to see and enjoy in Savannah - after you get a 'feel' for it you might want to go back for a longer visit. My own personal preference is for the tree lined streets and squares of Savannah. Everyone has different tastes.

One thing that might be a factor in your plans is the dates you are traveling. Charleston has quite a few events in the spring and lodging might be a factor there on your travel dates. Locals there can give good specific advice.

Ridgewood, New...
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2. Re: Savannah and/or Charleston During Hilton Head Trip

Which ever option you choose, you would enjoy a day in Beaufort (SC's second oldest city, after Charleston), which is a short daytrip from HHI.

One or two days in Charleston really is too little time. Perhaps you should see Savannah, Beaufort, and Hilton Head on this trip. Return to Charleston for a longer visit.

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We spent 3 nights in Charleston and then a week on HHI, slightly longer than your plans. While at HHI, we did day trips to Savannah and Beaufort with no problems. Worked out well and we enjoyed it all.

Charleston, South...
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4. Re: Savannah and/or Charleston During Hilton Head Trip

Here's a tip: Spoleto Festival in Charleston occupies the last week of May/1st week of June. Room prices will be at their peak, restaurants will be full, and there's the "Spoleto heat wave" which often involves 100 degrees.

As to Civil War history, the War between the States was brutal in both cities. Both have recovered and rebuilt. There are not battlefields like you'd find in Petersburg or Gettysburg.

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Thank you all! I appreciated all your comments.

warren, nj
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Ill just reiterate Option 1 is perfect; we do that often and love it every time!!!

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7. Re: Savannah and/or Charleston During Hilton Head Trip

Charleston retains MANY more historic building, etc than does Savannah. Much more to see & do in Charleston. Also has 3 local beaches, each about 20 min from the historic district. Many people stay at one of the beaches for a week & make day tips to the historic district, plantations, etc.

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