Sometimes you need a getaway no matter where you’re from. Whether you’re looking to have a romantic weekend with your special someone or explore somewhere new with a good friend, a road trip from Charleston, SC to Savannah, GA, is an excellent choice. This trip is just a two-hour drive along U.S. Route 17 and I-95. Make sure to explore every crevice of history, beauty, and comfort food that the city has to offer. Then, complete your getaway by experiencing true Southern hospitality when you stay with us at the Inn on West Liberty. Our inn is just five minutes from downtown Savannah!
Your Ultimate Guide for the Best Trip from Charleston, SC, to Savannah, GA
The Best Route
You’ve packed your bags, gassed up the car, and tuned into your favorite radio station. Now, hop onto U.S. Route 17 and make the downward curve toward I-95 that takes you straight to Savannah. At this point, you may have already made a list of things to do in Savannah. Or, maybe you haven’t. Either way, we’ve got the ultimate bucket list covered for you. Clocking at just around two hours, this is the most direct route for your road trip. The drive is short enough that you definitely don’t have to stop for food, but if you get a craving…
Where to Stop Along the Way
Gardens Corner, SC, is the halfway point between Charleston and Savannah. Gardens Corner is blooming with greenery and has no shortage of Southern eateries. Red Rooster Cafe looks like nothing more than a small, stone building from the outside; inside, the cafe is adorned with fern-green walls and antique decor. It also serves some of the best comfort food around. Red Rooster is only open until 3 p.m., though, so be sure to plan accordingly!
Places to Visit
Upon arrival, visit the Savannah Historic District in the heart of the city. Visually, the historic district appears cinematic with cobblestone streets lined with moss-covered trees. Beyond its beauty, Savannah is full of history, arts and culture. If you’re just looking to relax on your getaway, Tybee Island beach is 30 minutes from the historic district and offers the tranquility of warm, ultramarine waters, and golden sands.
Things to See
Most research about Savannah yields an image of a gated fountain, enclosed by moss trees down a cobblestone path. That’s Forsyth Park, a must-see on your trip. Although there are many landmarks to see in Savannah, Forsyth Park is one of the most famous. Because you’re visiting from Charleston, compare Forsyth’s Park and its fountain to Charleston’s Waterfront Park and its Pineapple Fountain. Don’t worry, we won’t tell if you like ours better.
Eats and Treats
While Charleston is a city best-known for its Southern fare, even the Holy City admits that Savannah hosts some of the best restaurants. Charlestonians recommend Elizabeth on 37th for seasonal provisions from handwritten cookbooks in a formal setting. Or, stop by Lulu’s Chocolate Bar for a solid or liquid dessert. Serving everything from Belgian chocolate-dipped strawberries to pineapple upside-down martinis, Lulu’s is the perfect spot to unwind before heading back to your room.
Where to Stay in Savannah, GA
The Inn on West Liberty’s innkeepers, Patty and Suzy Homer, have a passion for Savannah runs deep. This flows into making sure that every guest at their inn has the most comfortable experience possible. Choose from seven guest rooms or the Garden Villa. Each of these options offers extensive accommodations to practice Southern hospitality by offering breakfast, afternoon tea, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.
For your trip from Charleston SC, to Savannah, GA, we recommend our Oglethorpe Square room. This penthouse room features a king-size bed and a sectional sofa if you’re traveling with a few guests. Ready for a beautiful change of scenery and to experience all the Southern charm that Savannah has to offer? Check out our accommodations and book today!