Explore unique southern destinations
Whether for a daytrip, a weekend getaway, or the perfect vacation,
these 8 favorite southern cities are all just a short and easy drive away.
Asheville, NC is a free-spirited city filled with inspiring art and music, breweries, iconic mountains and waterfalls, movie-starred backdrops, and the majestic, castle-like grounds of the Biltmore Estate. The natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains offers an abundance of hiking and biking trails for those with adventurous spirits.
As the Palmetto State’s capital and home to the University of South Carolina, Columbia brings history alive through museums, historic homes, and repurposed buildings transformed into well-loved boutiques and eateries. The nationally recognized Riverbanks Zoo, colorful art scene, and over 450 restaurants means this city has something for everyone.
This city is centered around its lively downtown with a bustling Main Street scene where picturesque parks, fun-filled festivals, inspiring art, and southern charm come together. A growing destination for culinary artisans, Greenville is emerging as a foodie paradise. Forbes voted Greenville, SC in the Top 25 Cities to Visit in 2020, and it’s easy to see why.
Georgia’s capital is a popular destination known for its historic beauty, inspiring attractions, and fine dining and shopping. Atlanta has become a nationally recognized scene for music, art, and sports. Southern charm meets world-class sophistication in one of the most remarkable cities in the southeast.
The second oldest and second-largest city in Georgia is nationally recognized as an epicenter for medicine and cybersecurity. However, Augusta is likely best known as home to the annual Master’s Golf Tournament held the first week in April. With much to see and experience, Augusta offers everything from tours of historic homes and fine art exhibitions to enjoying a day at Riverwalk Augusta, a park nestled along the Savannah River.
Voted America’s Favorite Island by Condé Nast Traveler, Hilton Head offers an elevated golf experience and an unsurpassed menu of courses to choose from. Indulge on the flavors of the lowcountry from local fresh seafood dockside or a candlelit dinner at one of their many elegant establishments. Sink your toes in the pristine sand, and pick the perfect spot to open a book or walk along the 12 miles of Atlantic shores on some of the best beaches in the United States.
Savannah is an enchanting escape to southern culture where character is found in art, period architecture, and hip boutiques set under a canopy of Southern Live Oaks draped with Spanish Moss. Among the many places to explore are parks and landmarks, River Street, downtown cafes, and nature preserves. Condé Nast Traveler called Savannah one of the “world’s friendliest cities” for its reputation for hospitality and grace.
Charleston is a city of rich southern and coastal culture. Packed with historical sites, wondrous architecture, beautiful beaches and gardens, and some of the best shopping around, this city is loved for its charming individuality. Don’t miss out on its plethora of cultural attractions including aquariums, museums, galleries, theaters, festivals, breweries, coffee shops and culinary tours, and see why Travel & Leisure Magazine voted it No. 1 City in the World.