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3 Southern Cities for Your Bucket List

Updated on June 10, 2014

Southern Charm and History at its Best

There are many cities in the South that should be on your bucket list but these 3 are the top. I have visited them many times and going back to each of them is still a permanent part of my bucket list! If you can only visit 3 southern cities, head to SC and Georgia for these three, which are conveniently within a easy road trip of one another.

Charleston SC
Charleston SC

Charleston SC

Houses and history

Charleston is a beautiful city full of history. It also has fabulous Folly Beach, great shopping, fabulous food and marvelous architecture.

Be sure to check out The Gay Dolphin, a wonderfully kitschy souvenir shop that has been around for many years. And don't dare miss the City Market, where you can watch women make baskets from sawgrass in the traditional way they always have and find all sorts of great merchandise.

Just walking or driving around Charleston offers plenty of beauty for viewing, but to learn more, take a carriage ride. And don't miss one of the ghost tours! It's a great way to learn the history and culture.

There are many great seafood restaurants to choose from, such as Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co. and A.W. Shuck's. Or try Sticky Fingers for great Carolina BBQ!

Whatever you do there, Charleston will still a piece of your heart.

Savannah GA
Savannah GA

Sultry Savannah, GA

Savannah is another city full of history and beauty. The historic district is fascinating. Nearby islands like Tybee provide beaches. There are marvelous restaurants, great bookstores, and a very pleasant nightlife.

Here, you should definitely take a ghost tour. Savannah is considered to be one of America's most haunted cities. Even if you don't believe, you will learn so much about the city and its culture. I recommend Candlelight Tours.

Savannah is easily walkable and that is probably the best way to explore, although there are many enjoyable tours.

As for eating, The 1790 House is wonderful for fine dining while The Pirate's House is a great place to take the kids. Be sure to take a tour while you are there.

If you are a fan of cemeteries, as I am, don't miss Colonial Cemetery and Bonaventure Cemetery. Bonaventure is a delight for any visitor.

Once you visit Savannah, you will never forget it. Part of you will always be waiting to go back again.

North Ocean Blvd Myrtle Beach
North Ocean Blvd Myrtle Beach

Marvelous Myrtle Beach, SC

First for Family fun

If your favorite kind of vacation is at the beach, Myrtle Beach is for you. There are miles of sandy beach, sparkling ocean, and opportunity for swimming and sand castles.

Myrtle Beach also has lots of opportunities for family fun, from amusement parks like Family Kingdom to attractions like Ripley's Aquarium.

For shopping, don't miss Barefoot Landing, full of charming shops where you can find a variety of treasures.

As for eating, I recommend any of the fine seafood restaurants in nearby Murrell's Inlet, or Captain Benjamin's in Myrtle Beach itself. Also, for hot dogs, burgers, and other fun family beachwear, check out the boardwalk

Links for your travel

Here are a few some helpful sites for your travel info.

Charleston, Savannah and Myrtle Beach on Amazon

These guides will help you plan and enjoy your Southern vacation!

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      These all my sister's favorites - now I can see why.

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      rhettaa 3 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: That is one of my bucket list dreams, actually. At this point I can only take trips a few days at a time so I can go to one but not all three. What a wonder it would be to have about 10 days and just hop from one to the other!

      You should go to at least one!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I would love to take a vacation just to visit these three cities. You've certainly hit upon their high points and I'm sure just about anyone could spend a vacation in just one city. Doing all three in one trip would be an over-the-top, wonderful adventure!

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      rhettaa 3 years ago

      @Glenda Motsavage: I have yet to get to St. Augustine but I love Hilton Head and Amelia Island! There are so many great cities..I live in metro Atlanta and I imagine I'll do a lens for it soon!

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      Glenda Motsavage 3 years ago from The Sunshine State

      I live in the South and it's my favorite place to be! We visit Charleston and Savannah often and will be going back in November for our Anniversary. Also on our 'Best of the South' list is Hilton Head Island, Amelia Island and of course St. Augustine (in my home state). Thank you for sharing some of my favorite places with the world - great choices!