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Itinerary Planning?

Hello folks--

My husband and I area planning a trip to the US SE for September 28-October 7--with the last couple of days spent with a friend in Baltimore. We're flying in and out of Reagan, and our thought is to spend 5 or so days in between Alexandria, VA and Savannah, Georgia--definitely hitting Charleston, and likely bypassing Washington DC. We are looking for recommendations for our itinerary in between. We love southern food (and are foodies of a sort), and history, and beachy things. Sweetie is excited by pirate history, and I'd like to see a Civil War battlefield somewhere along the way.

Any thoughts, my fellow Trip Advisors?

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1. Re: Itinerary Planning?

For things to do in Charleston, visit the Charleston Visitors Center website at http://www.charlestoncvb.com/visitors/. Plenty of pirate & Civil War history in Charleston! Plus wonderful beaches & a foodie lover's dream city :)

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I think that is too much territory to try and cover in 5 days, you will spend all of it driving back and forth and very little actually seeing anything. You could easily spend 4 days in Charleston alone. I would suggest going no further south than Charleston, so that you will actually have a few days to visit places.

Just a small sampling of the things to see and do here....










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If you're into Civil War history, you MUST go to Ft. Sumter. It's a fun boat ride and you get to see where the war started.

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4. Re: Itinerary Planning?

Here are a few Civil War sites you might check out: Petersburg, VA (see the crater); Battle of Williamsburg in Williamsburg (there are tours to go with this); Manassas, VA (first and second battles- ranger tours and self-guided tours); Appomattox Court House and the McClean House in Appomattox, VA-this one might be further afield than you want to go- self guided but with park rangers there; and Antietam in Maryland-self-guided with rangers available. Gettysburg, PA is not that far from Baltimore if you would like to check out the 150th anniversary of this battle-lots of tours available here, both self-guided and ranger led.

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5. Re: Itinerary Planning?

Civil War-related sites are scattered throughout the area. In addition to Ft Sumter (where it all began), sites of interest in Charleston include Magnolia Cemetery, the CSS Hunley submarine, Ft Moultrie, and Middleton Place Plantation.

The town of Beaufort (on your route between Charleston and Savannah) has a fascinating Civil War history. If you stop in Beaufort, take a walking with Jon Sharp http://www.jonswalkinghistory.com/

For pirate history in Charleston, take Eric Lavender's tour - https://charlestonpiratetour.com/

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I agree that the time you have will not allow you to really see and tour all you want within the timeframe. It is about an 8-9 hour drive (pushing it and avoiding rush hours) from Arlington, VA to Charleston. I would allow 3 days minimum for Charleston.

For a battleground, I would go to Manassas or Gettysburg. It will take at least 3-4 hours. Richmond, VA is on the way and has several very good museums. Their visitors bureau was very good and helpful the several times I went there. You might check to see if they still have a pass you purchase that allows free entry for 1 day into the museums.

The Heritage Passport in Charleston may be purchased at the Visitors Center (weblink posted by a previous poster) that allows entry into many of the "must do" things in and around Charleston. When touring Middleton Place be sure to ask to add the house tour.

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