7 of the Best Stops on a Road Trip to Charleston, SC

If you’re staying at Abingdon Manor and want to experience the best of the South, look no further than a
road trip to Charleston, SC. Yes, it takes around two and a half to three hours to get there from our Country Inn, but if you leave early in the morning, you can make the most of your day trip. You can take the direct highway route if you prefer to go straight to the city or you can venture down the scenic road that is home to Southern plantation homes, nature preserves, beautiful gardens, and charming towns (we recommend this). We provide you with some of the most popular stops along the backroads to historic Charleston. Join us for a journey through years of Southern Heritage! Are you driving from afar to visit us? If so, request our free Travel Guide that features an array of attractions, restaurants, and activities up and down the I-95 corridor, all the way from Maine to Florida. It’s a fantastic way to break up the monotony of a long drive and gives you the chance to get a taste of each states unique culture!

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Must-See Stops on Your Road Trip to Charleston, SC


South Carolina Tobacco Museum

The first stop on our road trip to Charleston is in the town of Mullins. There are a couple of good places to grab a bite to eat here, but the main attraction that’s worth a stop is the South Carolina Tobacco Museum. This museum highlights the boom of tobacco as one of the chief crops in the eastern region of the state with an array of special exhibits, authentic displays, and plenty of interesting artifacts.


Conway Riverwalk

After you leave Mullins, head southeast on US-501 for about 50 minutes to Conway. This coastal city is mostly a place to pass through on the way to the beach, but the riverfront park known as the Riverwalk is a good spot to stretch your legs and take in some views of the Waccamaw River.

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge sits in between Conway and Murrells Inlet and is a popular location for viewing birds and other wildlife. If you’re in the mood for some exploring, you can rent kayaks and navigate through the swampy banks of the Waccamaw River.

Murrells Inlet and Georgetown

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is a gorgeous ensemble of botanical gardens, sculpture parks, Lowcountry history, and even a zoo! If you only have time for one stop in this area on your road trip to Charleston, we recommend this stunning mix of art, history, and nature highlighting South Carolina riches.

Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park lies across the highway from Brookgreen Gardens. This park is a great place to walk along the beach and marshy inlet. You can also explore Atalaya, an early 20th-century Moorish-style mansion and sculpture garden.

Front Street

Head south on Ocean Highway 17 to the historic waterfront city of Georgetown, where there is a host of museums, attractions, and sights. By now, you should be pretty hungry, and Front Street is full of excellent places to eat and enjoy stunning views of Winyah Bay. The Old Fish Restaurant and Graham’s Landing On Front are a couple of local favorites.

Hobcaw Barony

A beacon of classic coastal plantation architecture, Hobcaw Barony is a 16,000-acre property containing more than 37 historic buildings and nature areas. Learn about the area’s extensive history, from the early 1700s to today!

Your road trip to Charleston is almost complete! After leaving Georgetown, take Ocean Highway 17 south along the coast for an hour all the way into the heart of Charleston.

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Abingdon Manor is the ideal spot to explore Eastern South Carolina and all of its riches. Whether you want to take a road trip down to Charleston, taking in some on a beach near Georgetown, or learn about the local history of the many small towns in the area, there are endless opportunities for you to experience something new! Our luxurious accommodations and amenities provide you with a unique stay. The Dining Room at Abingdon Manor serves up delicious cuisine that is unlike any in the area.

The perfect trip is in reach, all you need to do is choose one of our guest rooms! We hope to see you soon!