Road Trip: Motorcycling Across the South United States
Road trips are exciting, and something that every biker will want to do at least once in their lifetime, however, for many people this is the ideal way to spend months at a time. Travelling by motorcycle has become one of the most popular ways to travel, and there are some incredible benefits. People are craving adventure, and unique experiences, which road trips can provide.
There are remarkably few regions that offer as much as the South as it is packed full of culture, beauty and history. With so much to see, one road trip may not be enough; however, you can always return at a later date. Many things will leave a lasting impression on your mind and ensure that you enjoy every moment. Charleston and Savannah make excellent bookends for your journey, and although some backtracking is required, every moment is worth the trip.
If you start in Charleston, you can begin where the edge of the historical district begins, following the stunning architecture. Across the harbor, you will see Fort Sumter, where the first ever shot was fired during the Civil war. Shrimp is unbeatable in this area and provides the ultimate fuel for the next leg of your journey.
If you ever get a chance to go on a Navy ship, you will be mesmerized by how large these things are. With commercial air compressors the size of trucks, these are truly a great sight to see.
Heading out of this amazing city, you can follow Route 17 southbound to the Angel Oak, which is about 37 kilometers along the road. This breathtaking 65 foot oak tree is estimated to be over 300 years old and is somewhere enjoyable to stop. Continuing along Route 17 there is plenty to see and do until you turn onto Highway 174.
Travelling down the oak lined street into Edisto Island, you will immediately love the peace, and tranquillity that is offered. You can visit the Serpentarium, which is home to many reptiles that are native to the area. There is also a stunning beach for you to explore before you carry on your road trip and head to Beaufort.
This is south Carolinas second oldest city, and before the Civil War was considered to be the wealthiest towns in the country. The astonishing plantation houses still stand today, and offer many places to rest for the night. After riding all day, you will be in need of a hot shower and comfortable bed before you set off in the morning.
Moving on to St Helena Island the next day, you can explore the intriguing museum that has preserved many of the features that would have been available hundreds of years ago. The rooms are brimming with woodwork, sculptures, and paintings by local artists. Leaving Beaufort, you will find yourself on Route 82 heading for the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge.
This nature reserve is beautiful and offers 4,000 acres of stunning untouched land for you to enjoy and explore. As you head for Savannah, there is so much to see that you can easily spend days here exploring what is on offer. There are several routes throughout the South, but this is considered one of the best. You will enjoy this route through the spring and fall as the summer months are often too hot.