The Top 5 destinations within 5 hours of Savannah Quarters®
Nestled between sandy beaches, picturesque mountains, cool lakes and big city diversions, who wouldn’t want to live at Savannah Quarters®—the epicenter of the Southeast?
“A lot of people new to the area don’t realize just how many places there are to visit within a few hours drive,” says Joe McNamara, Sales Manager at Savannah Quarters®. “But once you make Savannah Quarters® your ‘home base’ and see all the possibilities, it’s amazing how much variety exists.”
Here are our Top 5 Getaways that you can reach in 5 hours—or less!
#1 Asheville, NC (4 hours, 45 minutes)
The drive to Asheville clocks in at just under five hours, but it’s definitely worth the drive. First of all, Asheville is a great place to be any time of year because it’s in the heart of the beautiful North Carolina mountains. This small but friendly city retains a laid-back vibe, especially with its myriad of microbreweries, wineries, and handmade arts and crafts boutiques. Come in the summer to escape the heat, in the fall for the gorgeous autumn foliage, in the winter for nearby skiing (yes, skiing) and in the spring to witness the tens of thousands of blooming orchids, tulips, daffodils and forsythia at the Biltmore Estate.
#2 Atlanta, GA (3 hours, 20 minutes)
If you’re craving bright lights and big city diversions, Atlanta has them all. Sure, there are professional sports teams, world-class arts and culture, and more than a few amazing restaurants. But there are many unique adventures to be experienced as well. Like what? Well, for starters, you can snorkel or scuba dive with the Whale Sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. Visit the Federal Reserve Building and they’ll start the tour by handing you a free bag of money (it’s real, it just happens to be shredded). Or satisfy your need for speed by driving any model of Porsche you prefer on a private track at the Porsche Experience Center.
#3 Orlando, FL (3 hours, 50 minutes)
Everyone knows about the famous mouse that lives here, and visiting Disney World or one if its sister parks is certainly an experience of a lifetime. Orlando, also known as the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” is also home to slightly lesser known but equally fun diversions. These include SeaWorld/Aquatica, Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure, and LEGOLAND. Better still, because you live so close, you can travel at a non-peak time and totally avoid the crowds.
#4 Charleston, SC (2 hours)
Let the comparisons begin! People like to opine which of these two Southern cities has more appeal (and you know which side we’re on here), but the truth is, both have a lot to offer in terms of history, sightseeing, great food and natural beauty. Perhaps Charleston has a bit more of a “touristy” feel to it, but that’s ok because there’s plenty to see and do here. Some of our favorites include a stroll along the Riley Waterfront Park or visiting Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. They even have a petting zoo there, but we suggest you avoid petting any alligators you come across. Insider’s tip: Visit the College of Charleston campus. You’ll think you’ve stumbled onto a movie set, it’s just that authentic and beautiful.
#5 Hilton Head, SC (45 minutes)
You’re only 45 minutes away from 24 world-class golf courses, including the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Golf Course and the famous Harbor Town Golf Links. Don’t golf? There’s still plenty to do, including horseback riding. Prefer something a little more mellow? Hilton Head is one of the most-bike-friendly places in the country, with sixty miles of bike lanes and more than two hundred miles of shared paths. Or just spend the afternoon strolling amongst the shops and cafes of Harbor Town.
#6 Savannah, GA (minutes)
OK, we’re cheating here, but how can you live in Savannah Quarters® and not take advantage of this most charming of Southern cites (sorry, Charleston)? Just a short drive down Interstate 16 puts you in the heart of Savannah, with its famous historical sites, majestic architecture, haunted cemeteries, museums, specialty shops, haute cuisine, live music, Forsyth Park, River Street, seasonal festivals, and so much more. You can walk from venue to venue across the city, and it’s even ok to bring a cold libation with you (we promise it’s all totally legal!).
Remember, you can’t do everything in a day anyway, so it’s a good thing you live close by!
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