Day Trips from Hilton Head Island include many popular destinations within a short drive of 1-2 hours, including Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA, Daufuskie Island, Bluffton,
Tybee Island, Georgia
Tybee Island is a barrier island on the Georgia coast, 20 minutes east of Savannah. Offering a laid back lifestyle within an unspoiled habitat, Tybee has miles of beaches, salt marshes, and other natural resources and wildlife to explore, including sea turtles, endangered birds, and nature trails for hiking. History and culture buffs will enjoy Fort Screven, Fort Pulaski, Tybee Museum, the Tybee Lighthouse and Cockspur Lighthouse, and nearby Savannah. There's also the Marine Science Center, Tybee Pier & Pavilion, and Little Tybee Island. In 2008, Tybee Island was named the "Best One Tank Trip" by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Best Beach Retreat" by Atlanta Creative Loafing and "Best Beach" by Georgia Magazine.
For your guide to Tybee Island Accommodations, Restaurants, Shopping, Fishing, and more visit www.ExploreTybee.com.
Bluffton, South Carolina
Bluffton is located just 12 miles west of Hilton Head Island, SC and approximately 20 miles northeast of Savannah, GA. It is also easily accessible from Intrastate Highways 46, 170, & 278 and Interstate 95.
Rooted in more than two-hundred years of history and culture, Bluffton represents what some call "the last true coastal village of the South." We take pride in not only our cultural heritage, but also the inimitable landscape and natural environment that shape this place we call "home."
The Town of Bluffton is located in Beaufort County, the southernmost coastal county in South Carolina. It is situated on a high bluff overlooking the May River, a pristine waterway that has strongly contributed to the Town's history and continued success.
Contact the Town of Bluffton via phone at 843.706.4500 or in person at Town Hall, conveniently located at 20 Bridge Street in the Old Town.
Daufuskie Island, SC
Discover the beach paradise you've been searching for. Set against a magnificent backdrop of unspoiled beaches and the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, you'll find undisturbed natural beaches and the remnants of the exclusive Daufuskie Island Resort, which unfortunately succombed to the changing tides of economic realities and closed its doors for good circa 2005. Daufuskie is home to a few permanent residents who stayed behind, as well as authentic ancestors of Gullah inhabitants who continue their precious culture and traditional way of life. If you're looking to get away from civilization, if only for a little while, Daufuskie Island offers the adventurous a remarkable step back in time.
Located across from Hilton Head Island, on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
A scenic ferry ride from our Embarkation Center on Hilton Head Island
50 minutes by ferry to Savannah, Georgia
45 minutes by car to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)
Just a short drive from Hilton Head, SC, Charleston makes for a perfect day trip destination. The rich history and Southern charm of this city make it a must-see, with plenty to do and engage in during your stay. For more information on Charleston, SC please visit www.charleston.com
The Historic Downtown District has stood throughout Charleston’s history as the cultural capital of the South and is considered by many to be a living museum, with a wonderful variety of things to do and see. In this beautifully preserved city you can experience tours through historic landmarks, including 18th century homes and plantations, the Battery, museums, churches and the city market. The number of historic sites in Charleston South Carolina is astonishing. Charleston also boasts numerous art galleries that display the city’s impressive appreciation for the visual arts. In addition, there are many historic Charleston South Carolina accomodations to choose from when planning your visit. Charleston maintains all the ingredients necessary for a great vacation!
Mt. Pleasant is located directly across the new Cooper River Bridge. At the heart of Mt. Pleasant is the “old village” which is designated a National Register Historical District with gracious homes from the colonial and antebellum periods. Mt. Pleasant is home to one of the world’s largest naval and maritime museum complexes, Patriot’s Point, which is dominated by the World War II famous aircraft carrier, the Yorktown. Visitors may also board tour boats to visit the National Monument, Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Mt. Pleasant hosts several popular annual festivals. So, expect many exciting days when visiting Mt. Pleasant.
This 4,000-acre master planned island town is part of the city of Charleston. A distinctive mix of traditional neighborhoods and a growing collection of amenities offer island residents all of the essential components of a community schools, medical centers, boutiques, restaurants, office buildings, churches, a modern supermarket and more. World class recreational opportunities, including a private golf club, professional tennis and soccer facilities and access to hundreds of acres of parks, 23 miles of rivers and creeks and miles of bicycle and jogging paths, provide residents with endless choices for an active lifestyle.
The historic village of Summerville is like a walk back in time. Known as the "Flowertown in the Pines," was once an escape for plantation owners from the mosquito-laden marshes. Today, visitors are invited to explore the historic downtown area of Summerville with over 700 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including surrounding neighborhoods of distinctly Victorian homes and delightful parks and gardens.
Qualities developed in this village as one of America’s first resorts dating back to the early 1800s are still very much alive today, and you will be able to experience the kind of charm and hospitality one expects from a small Southern town.