My husband and I (39 and 40) are from Australia and are in the early stages of planning a 10-12 day road trip to the Carolinas and Georgia.
I have lots of problems with my ears when flying, and have to do a non stop flight from Los Angeles. From my research, it seems that the closest non stop flights into this region are LAX-Charlotte NC, LAX-Raleigh NC, or Atlanta GA. In terms of flying in, Charlotte and Atlanta look like the best options (for flight changeover times), while Raleigh looks OK for flight times out. I have no reason for this, but I am probably leaning more towards Charlotte than Atlanta, but I would be most grateful for any advice!
I have worked out some of the places I would like to visit, and a rough estimation of time. I am hoping someone may be able to offer me advice on the best location to fly in to, and any suggestions on the route and additional places to stop. We are expecting to start in one place and end in another. We will probably spend two nights in the first location, just to try and adjust to the time difference before we drive.
Must see places:
1. Savannah GA (2 nights)
2. Beaufort SC (1 night)
3. Charleston SC (5 nights)
4. Durham NC (Duke University) (1 night)
There will need to be other stops, but I am not yet sure where... I am looking for pretty little towns with lots of history and nice shopping.
Thanks kindly for any advice or suggestions!