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Road Trip USA: Savannah and Hilton Head Island

Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island

We had a long drive between Gatlinburg and Hilton Head so we got on with it quickly after riding on the Sky Lift. Hilton Head Island has changed massively since I lived there in 2006-7. For a start I couldn’t find my old flat or the Piggly Wiggly I used to shop at because they have been changed into holiday villas and a Whole Foods Market. The island has gone a little more upmarket and in bulging with tourists.

We spent two out of three of our days there chilling out but on our final day we drove about an hour to Savannah, just across the state line into Georgia.

The film ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ (1997) is set in Savannah and I wanted to go to some of the filming locations, so we started at Bonaventure Cemetery. It’s quite a strange film but has a great cast so I would highly recommend watching it if you want to see what Savannah is like.

We then drove into town and walked around the beautiful squares and down to the river front. It was very hot and humid but really beautiful. I wished that I had lived here instead of Hilton Head Island all those years ago!

The Bridge to Savannah

The Bridge to Savannah

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery

Chippewa Square, where Forrest Gump sat on the bench in Savannah

Chippewa Square, where Forrest Gump sat on the bench in Savannah

Chippewa Square, where Forrest Gump sat on the bench in Savannah

Chippewa Square, where Forrest Gump sat on the bench in Savannah

Savannah riverfront

Savannah riverfront

Beautiful Savannah

Beautiful Savannah

Monterey Square, where Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was filmed in Savannah

Monterey Square, where Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was filmed in Savannah

Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island

Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island

Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island

Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island

 

1700 (ish) miles, 6 states and 6 tanks of gas later, that was one hell of a road trip!

1 Comment on Road Trip USA: Savannah and Hilton Head Island

  1. Hannah van Frankenhuijsen // June 24, 2015 at 11:58 am // Reply

    Dear Alison,

    Lovely to read your Blog, your holiday down south sound’s magical, so glad you are having a fun time.

    We visited Savannah years ago, just at the time that the book ‘Midnight in the garden of Good and Evil ‘had’ had been written.

    The guide was wildly enthusiastic and said that her family had been mentioned in it. We loved the trees with Spanish Moss that lined the avenues.

    Of course I read the book as soon as I could find it and later the film came on T.V.

    Here we are still waiting for Summer and have the central heating on regularly still. The winter coats are still not put away.

    We were on a 4 day walk in a beautiful nature area, not far from here, last week and we walked 80 km in total, wonderful.

    Thank you once again for sharing your Blog with pictures and information about your tour, looking forward to the next episode !

    Take care and keep enjoying every day. Bye for now.

    Love,

    Hannah & Leo

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