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Savannah or Charleston- which is the better option?

Savannah or Charleston- which is the better option?

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1. Re: Savannah or Charleston- which is the better option?

Wiganer,

An ambitious trip and although I understand your desire to cram in as much as possible, I would suggest taking time to smell the flowers at Cypress Gardens and then head down to Savannah. While there are a lot of similarities in Charleston and Savannah, I think Savannah has a bit more to offer in terms of the downtown historic area with all the squares, parks, restored houses and buildings, etc. I always suggest to Savannah visitors to first take one of the trolley tours to get an overview of the riverfront and historic areas to help you pinpoint what areas you want to explore more. My favorite is Ogelthorpe Trolley but Old Town Trolley is also good. Savannah has one of the toughest tour guide certification programs in the world so regardless of which company you use, you will get someone that really knows all about the City.

That being said, I know that the Cypress Gardens to Charleston trip means less time (and gas expense) for the car and more time to sightsee and explore. Charleston also has a great historic downtown, just not near as big as Savannah, but you can also take one of the ferries out in the harbor to Fort Sumter.

I hope this helps and I am sure some more people will offer their perspectives.

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2. Re: Savannah or Charleston- which is the better option?

From your likes section I would say Savannah would be better 1 sq mile of historic buildings, squares, parks shops & restaurants. Easy walking.

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3. Re: Savannah or Charleston- which is the better option?

A gazillion prior discussions here:

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5. Re: Savannah or Charleston- which is the better option?

Both are similar in that they're photogenic Southern cities with trolleys, horse-drawn carriages, ghost tours, important Civil War era forts and similar cuisine, but there are differences. Savannah has pretty squares to wander, while Charleston has more historic homes to enter and see. Also keep in mind that they have a slight difference in tone in that Charleston has more English influence, while Savannah has more French influence (and therefore might actually have more in common with New Orleans than Charleston).

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7. Re: Savannah or Charleston- which is the better option?

You can't go wrong with either. They are both amazing and lovely towns. I know that's not especially helpful, but I just wanted to say you will love either!

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8. Re: Savannah or Charleston- which is the better option?

I agree with World I have been too both and they are similar and beautiful historical cities too see,

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9. Re: Savannah or Charleston- which is the better option?

I would always say Savannah and especially from what you're describing you want to do. Have fun.

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