Georgia Coastal Road Trip

An itinerary for a four-day road trip in Georgia (plus tips for even more fun).

It’s possible to drive the 100-mile Georgia coast in a couple of hours, but it’s a lot more fun to take time and get better acquainted with the charming area. This guide can help you make the most of your visit — even if you only have four days to explore. Included are a mix of top attractions and off-the-beaten-path favorites to fill your schedule. 

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
    Butler Island Plantation
  • Day 4
  • Savannah

    1 of 4
  • Savannah to Tybee Island

    2 of 4
  • Tybee Island to Riceboro to Darien

    3 of 4
  • Darien to Brunswick to the Golden Isles

    4 of 4


In Savannah, Georgia's oldest city, ancient live oak trees — thick with Spanish moss — hang over streets. Historic architecture mingles with new construction, while ironwork, fountains and cobblestone streets add distinctive charm. With 22 squares and more than 1,600 historic structures, Savannah boasts the largest registered urban National Historic Landmark District in the United States.

  • Grab a pimento cheese sandwich and a red velvet cupcake at Back in the Day Bakery, then board Old Town Trolley Tours and ride through the city laughing at the guide’s tales or hop off at any stop to explore at your own pace. Trolleys continue by the hour, so plan to jump on the next one to continue your exploration.
  • Enjoy shrimp and grits aboard a Savannah Riverboat dinner cruise and then dance until sunset.
  • Hear how Savannah earned its reputation as “America’s Most Haunted City” while you take a ghost tour with Carriage Tours of Savannah.
  • Looking for somewhere to lay your head that has history and charm? Retreat to the historic Dresser-Palmer House for peaceful sleep.

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Savannah to Tybee Island

  • Grab an early breakfast and then roll around Savannah’s historic squares with Segway of Savannah. Just 20 minutes from Savannah’s Historic District, Tybee Island (dubbed “Savannah’s Beach”) boasts wide sandy beaches and a groovy, laid-back vibe.
  • Start driving to Tybee Island, stopping for lunch along the way at Wiley’s Championship BBQ for slow-roasted meat bathed in a tangy sauce.
  • Party under the sun at the beach, choosing to soak up the rays, or choose to dust off your towel and discover what else Tybee Island has to offer.  
  • Get out on the water with Sundial Charters for a chartered ecological tour, which explores the salt marsh, or cruise with Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours in search of bottlenose friends.
  • Check into a condo, cottage or mansion rented from Tybee Vacation Rentals, Oceanfront Cottage Rentals or Mermaid Cottages.
  • Savor a fresh-catch dinner at The Crab Shack or AJ’s Dockside and then crash in your private digs. 

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Tybee Island to Riceboro to Darien

OPTION: Stay a second night in Darien to add a day trip to Sapelo Island which can only be reached by ferry. There you’ll see an active Gullah-Geechee community, University of Georgia’s Marine Institute, Reynolds Mansion and the 1820s-era Sapelo Island Lighthouse. The Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve Visitors Center and Blue Heron Inn both have options for arranging the perfect tour for your visit.

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Darien to Brunswick to the Golden Isles

Fill up with breakfast at the inn before continuing south to Brunswick. Hop aboard a Lady Jane Shrimpin Ecological Tour and help sort the catch alongside the crew. Later, feast upon the very shrimp you helped net after it’s cooked on board.




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