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flying in from down under

melbourne
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flying in from down under

We will be flying into lax then salt lake city for about 5 days at end of oct beg nov....then we will fly to east coast...we are thinking of charleston sc then atlanta then savannah then down the coast to west palm beach florida... we will have 2 weeks...in the opinions of the readers should we look at this itinerary with the 3 cities or should we throw out one...ie atlanta...or charleston....and if we do do the three cities, what kind of time should we plan...2 days or 3 days each.. what type of distance are we talking.....we will be booking through vbro or equivalents . which place in savanah is best and is atlanta safe.....us tv colour a lot of cities as dangerous.... also car hire.....one way......any recommendations.....what type of weather can we expect....my mum says it is hurricane season then....thanks desiree

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1. Re: flying in from down under

I would throw out Atlanta, go directly from Charleston to Savannah. The weather should be excellant. Hurricanes are rare enough to not be a conceren unless your very, very unlucky.

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thank you for that atlanta is gone.....on the way from charleston to savannah are there any interesting insider tips of things we should see and do or eat....cheers

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In Charleston do one of the city tours, go out to Ft. Sumter and take a tour of either Middleton or Magnolia Plantation. Also enjoy some time in Market Square area.

In Savannah you can either do a walking tour or a trolley tour, go out to Tybee Island and enjoy a boat cruise on the harbor.

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thanks any southern food we must try???? to the wonderful contributers keep the ideas coming...we are looking for the hidden gems that the locals know about and not the tourists.......in savannah i noticed it was a grid like city any parts better to stay in over the others....

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Stay in historic area in Savannah and in Charleston. In Savannah eat lunch at Mrs. Wilkes restaurant. There are several good restaurants in the market square area in Charleston.

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6. Re: flying in from down under

I wouldn't rule out Atlanta so fast. Savannah and Charleston are similar in many ways (both great cities, but IMO, the edge goes to Charleston), so may want to consider ruling out one of them and keeping Atlanta in your plans for a completely different experience from Sav. or Charles.

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I agree that you shouldn't toss out Atlanta so quickly based just on the recommendation of one person. We don't know anything about you, and you are the person best able to decide what suits you best. Are you a 20 something looking to party? A history buff? A foodie? Atlanta is very different from the other cities you listed, and has a lot to offer depending on your interests. My recommendation is that you read up on the different cities and decide what interests you most. If Charleston and/or Savannah are on the list, my recommendation would be to fly into Atlanta, spend a couple of days, and drive to those cities, as in either city it will be handy to have a car.

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Agreed that you shouldn't rule out Atlanta yet. One logistical factor to consider is that from SLC, most of your flight options into Charleston or Savannah are going to be on Delta (since SLC is a Delta hub) and they're practically guaranteed to connect in Atlanta. So there's a good argument to be made that you should consider flying into ATL from SLC, renting a car and using it to visit Charleston and/or Savannah before heading down into Florida.

There are areas of Atlanta that aren't particularly safe, but there's very little reason for you to be in any of them. Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, and the other tourist areas of town are relatively safe. Use good judgment and be aware of your surroundings and you shouldn't have any reason to worry -- and note that the same is true of LA, Savannah, and Charleston at least.

One-way car rental is going to be more expensive than renting and returning to the same location; in general, it's a good idea for overseas visitors to arrange their car rental before their trip, from a company that specializes in such rentals, since there are legal and insurance issues that you'll want to make sure are handled correctly.

It will be hurricane season when you're here, but short of changing your plans there's not much you can do this far in advance. If possible, keep your plans flexible so that if there are tropical storms or hurricanes during your visit, you can adjust your itinerary to avoid them (this may be a challenge with VBRO-type accommodations, but it would be prudent to ask what their policies are with regard to weather-related changes/cancellations). With several hundred miles of coastline to work with, you should be able to find an area that's not affected, or head inland to alternatives there (the mountains of north Georgia and North Carolina/east Tennessee are beautiful at that time of year).

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thanks for the comments lots of iideas to toss around....we were concerned wtih the backtracking....up he coast then down the coast from atlanta...we will rethink ...you are right about the hub thing....looking at flights most pass through altanta

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10. Re: flying in from down under

Atlanta to Savannah to Charleston and then down to West Palm does involve a little backtracking -- about two hours each way between Savannah and Charleston. As an alternative, you could drive straight to Charleston from Atlanta (a little over 5 hours), then continue south through Savannah. Neither route between Atlanta and Charleston or Atlanta and Savannah is particularly interesting or scenic -- going straight to Charleston you'd pass through Madison, GA (a very picturesque and quaint town with more antebellum houses than any other place in Georgia), Augusta, and Columbia, SC (assuming you stick with the interstate-only route, which is longer but just as quick as cutting across SC from Augusta on US Hwy 78), while the only spot of any size/interest on the route to Savannah is Macon.