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Day 6: Charleston SC to Savannah GA

Day 6: Charleston SC to Savannah GA

Postcard from Savannah, Georgia.

The shortest leg of this trip. ~200 easy, uneventful sunny miles featuring another collection of memorable tree lined roads, a few early season peach stands, some gorgeous views over the coastal wetlands and a couple of detours: one to Tybee Island, the other to tick one more item off the bucket list of dream US roads I wanna drive: Oak Avenue, a 1.5 mile long path lined by huge oak trees leading through the colonial estate of Wormsloe.

Once in Savannah it was long walks trough cobblestone-paved streets, majestic (again) trees and colorful houses, trying hard to digest the pantagruelian banquet I’ve had minutes before at Mrs Wilkes Dining Room. A legendary premises with a bunch of large communal tables crowded with food shared with strangers: fried chicken and pulled pork, cornbread and mash potatoes, black-eyed peas, okra and tomatoes, mac n cheese, gravy, multiple veggies, sausages, red rice, biscuits…

I might skip dinner.




Driving from Charleston to Savannah Cheat Sheet

Accommodation in Savannah:

  • Planters Inn, 29 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401. Lovely boutique hotel right in the middle of everything. There is a garage next door where you can park your car or having a valet parking it for you.

Where to eat and what to see between Charleston SC and Savannah GA

  • Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room107 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401. One of the greatest dining experience of your life. Hands down. Skip breakfast, go hungry and prepare to queue. You are gonna seat at a communal table with strangers that for a couple of hours will share food with you like if they were family. I shared my table with a large family of 7 from Kentucky and it has been great.
  • Wormsloe State Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406. To get there you’ll need too drive – very, very slow – on the incredible Oak Avenue, a 1.5 mile long path lined by huge oak trees leading through the colonial estate of Wormsloe. Incredible.
  • Tybee Beach Pier and Pavilion, Tybrisa St, Tybee Island, GA 31328 Tybee beach is one of the top beach in this part of the US. Grab a cold beer and drink it on the Pier.


Driving from Charleston to Savannah FAQ

How many miles are from Charleston to Savannah?

The shortest possible route between Charleston and Savannah is 110 miles long. My itinerary was not really orthodox and thanks to some detour and back and forward, I drove for almost 200 miles.

How long does it take to drive from Charleston to Savannah?

You can drive from Charleston to Savannah in about 2h depending on traffic. It took me less than 4h due to some pit stops for pictures and so.

What’s the best thing about driving from Charleston to Savannah?

On a sunny day it is a pretty enjoyable ride, especially when in Savannah, where you can drive on beautiful paved roads lined up with magnificent trees.

What are the major attractions along the way in a road trip from Charleston to Savannah?

Probably the main attractions on a road trip from Charleston to Savannah are Tybee Beach and the Wormsloe State Historic Site. Once in Savannah the whole historic district is beautiful.

What type of car is best to drive from Charleston to Savannah?

Depending on the season every car would do it. On a sunny day a convertible would be incredible but the road is enjoyable even any other type of cars.

Can you drive an electric car from Charleston to Savannah?

Yes you can. You just need a little bit of additional planning to find an EV charger. Before leaving for Savannah, make sure your EV is enough charged. You don’t wanna be stranded half way. There are 87 public EV charging stations ports in Charleston, within 15km.
Here some EV charging station available in Charleston:
– Tesla Supercharger, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407
– Electric Vehicle Charging Station, 1714 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407. Phone: (843) 571-2810
– ChargePoint Charging Station, 117 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401 (@ Hotel Bella Grace). Phone: (888) 758-4389



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