Travel

The South’s Low­coun­try re­gion, be­tween Charles­ton and Sa­van­nah, is full of wild charms and ur­ban ad­ven­tures—and the best way to see it all is a road trip be­tween the two.

Men's Journal - - CONTENTS - By JES­SICA MISCHNER

Charles­ton to Sa­van­nah has long been the ul­ti­mate south­ern road trip. Here’s how to do it right.

FOUR-DAY WEEK­END

THE NOVELIST Pat Con­roy once sum­ma­rized the Low­coun­try and its leg­endary al­lure—which has cap­ti­vated ev­ery­one from con­quis­ta­dores and colonists to cul­tural lions such as Edgar Al­lan Poe—as a place that “can rise up and steal your soul with a mo­ment so mag­i­cal it seems like an ex­or­cism.” To­day, the re­gion con­tin­ues to live up to its near-myth­i­cal hype, with white-sand beaches, back­woods cy­press for- ests, an­te­bel­lum ar­chi­tec­ture, and enough com­fort-food joints in be­tween to fill a life­time. Its an­chor cities, Charles­ton and Sa­van­nah, draw vis­i­tors from around the globe, and you can eas­ily make a four-day ex­cur­sion in each, and per­haps have. Yet taken to­gether, they show­case the best of what the Low­coun­try has on tap—and can book­end an ad­ven­tur­ous, 100-odd-mile af­ter­noon road trip, filled with wild land­scapes, off­beat pit stops, good grub, and gone-era charm, for an en­tirely new south­ern ex­pe­ri­ence.

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