This historic triangle of cities is separated by just a few hours’ driving, so we lumped it into one recommended road trip and encourage you to do the same. Combined, these three areas best Myrtle Beach as the No. 1 TripTik requested by members.
Start in the northernmost point of the triangle, Charleston, where you can immerse yourself in the Lowcountry culinary scene by visiting City Market and trying local staples such as she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, and oysters. The abundance of American history in this city is best experienced on foot, so take a guided tour through the cobblestoned streets or ride a ferry to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began.
From Charleston, drive two hours southwest to Savannah. The pedestrian-friendly City Market is the heart of downtown, with art galleries, boutiques, renowned restaurants and a bustling nightlife. In the heat of an evening summer, get chills on a ghost tour, including a visit to the cemetery made famous by John Berendt’s book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
A little over an hour’s drive away is Hilton Head, named 2018’s No. 1 Island in the U.S. by Conde-Nast Traveler. Park the car, and explore the island by bike or kayak. You may spot an American alligator sunning on a lagoon bank or a few of the more than 350 species of native birds, including the great blue heron.