The convenience and flexibility of traveling by car far outweighs any disadvantages. Sightseeing is always a big plus – many things to see along an American roadway. Shops, flea markets, diners, restaurants and more are all part of the road trip experience.
Rental cars are available in Atlanta. Economy cars start at $18/day and standard cars are $20/day. All the major car rental agencies are represented in Atlanta. There are many websites that can help one reserve a car such as Travelocity.com; Hotwire.com; Expedia.com and others. For possibly a cheaper deal one could also check with Priceline.com where one names their own price.
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Regardless of whether one rents a car or drives their own personal car, the route options will be the same.
If one has a day or two to spend in Atlanta before heading to Savannah there are a few attractions worth seeing: Michael C. Carlos Museum (ancient art); Fernbank Science Center (planetarium and exhibits); Legoland; Stone Mountain (theme park); Georgia Aquarium; and Zoo Atlanta. Next read: Best Things to Do in Atlanta, Georgia.
One of the most direct routes is to take I-75 south out of Atlanta and connect with I-16. This route will take approximately 3½ hours without making any stops. Take I-75 to Macon where I-16 comes in at Exit 165. Follow I-16 to Savannah. As one nears Savannah, I-16 also receives a name: Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway. This route will take one right into downtown Savannah.
In Macon, there are a few things to check out. Macon is home to The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. There is also a fantastic river walk called the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail along the Ocmulgee River; the trail has over 11 miles of trails through Macon. With plenty of places to stop, enjoy nature, picnic and more, this trail will be a great addition to one’s road trip.
An alternate route is to take I-20 out of Atlanta to Madison where one will head south on US Hwy 441. US Hwy. 441 will connect with I-16 at Dublin. This route will take about 4 hours. Just east of US Hwy. 441 south of Madison is the Southern Cross Ranch, a dude ranch styled bed and breakfast with all the amenities one could hope for including a swimming pool and a riding stable. US Hwy. 441 continues over the beautiful Lake Sinclair. At Dublin, get on I-16 and head toward Savannah.
Once in Savannah, there will be plenty of things to see and do. Being the oldest city in Georgia, there is an abundance of historic places to see. What a great way to learn about American history. If one needs lodging, there are plentiful bed and breakfast locations, both downtown Savannah and on the coast on Tybee Island.
A great selection of hotel chains is also available in Savannah including Doubletree, Comfort Suites, Marriott, Courtyard, Hilton, LaQuinta, and many more.
And for one’s eats, there are plenty of options: seafood, sandwiches, pizza, southern down-home cooking, late night hot spots, upscale, casual, eclectic, and ethnic – you name it, Savannah can serve it up. Photo: Robert Hainer/Fotolia
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