10 Ways to Explore the Southeast's Lowcountry

  • Wormsloe Plantation

    Rest in the Shade of a Live Oak Tree

    Live oak trees are native to the Southeastern part of the United States and an integral part of the Lowcountry landscape. The majestic trees, which can live for hundreds of years, have massive canopies draped with Spanish moss. One of the most beautiful places in the Lowcountry to view live oaks is Wormsloe Plantation, an 18th-century colonial estate in Savannah, featuring a mile-long oak tree-lined entryway.

    Photo courtesy of Jeff Gunn

  • Salt Marsh near Hilton Head

    Enjoy the Beauty of the Lowcountry's Salt Marsh

    The Lowcountry’s salt marsh–a unique coastal ecosystem home to a variety of flora and fauna including spartina grass, hermit crabs and oysters–is one of the Southeast’s most distinctive features. Though the salt marsh should be observed and admired from afar (try to walk in it and you might end up knee-deep in mud), visitors can experience the picturesque natural wonder up close by taking a guided kayak trip with Savannah’s Moon River Kayak or the Charleston Kayak Company.

    Photo courtesy of pfarrell95

  • Tybee Island Pier

    Enjoy a Day in the Sun and Surf

    The Lowcountry’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means residents and visitors have easy access to the beach. Popular spots like Tybee Island near Savannah and Kiawah Island just outside of Charleston always draw a crowd. For something a little more secluded, consider spending some time on Daufuskie Island, a small sea island in between Savannah and Hilton Head known for its quiet beaches and unique Gullah heritage.

    Photo courtesy of L Church

  • Fort Sumter National Monument

    Become Immersed in the Lowcountry's Fascinating History

    The Lowcountry, from Savannah to Charleston and all the towns in between, is steeped in history. Visitors can learn about the founding of the Girl Scouts at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, delve in to Gullah culture at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, and stand in the very location where the first shots were fired at the beginning of the Civil War at the Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston.

    Photo courtesy of Ron Cogswell

  • Paula Deen Store and Lady & Sons Restaurant in Savannah

    Learn About the Lowcountry's Most Famous Residents

    The Lowcountry has produced numerous figures who have left their mark on society, from author and South Carolina native Pat Conroy to disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen. You can learn about these and other prominent Lowcountry residents by visiting their favorite haunts on your own or by taking a tour. Favorites include Pat Conroy’s South of Broad Walking Tour in Charleston and Old Savannah Tours’ Paula Deen Tour.

    Photo courtesy of Ron Cogswell

  • Owens-Thomas House in Savannah, GA

    Take a Tour of an Antebellum Mansion

    You can’t visit the Lowcountry without spending some time viewing the area’s stunning antebellum mansions. Simply stroll through the historic districts in Savannah and Charleston to get a glimpse of these treasures, many of which were built in the early 19th century. Several of the mansions have been preserved and are available for tours, including the Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston and the Owens-Thomas House in Savannah.

    Photo courtesy of Jennifer Morrow

  • Horse-drawn carriage tour through Old Charleston

    Choose your Mode of Transportation Wisely

    There’s no shortage of tour companies in the Lowcountry. Picking the one that’s perfect for you depends on your desired mode of transportation: trolley, horse-drawn carriage, bus, boat, hearse–the possibilities are endless. But one of the best ways to see the sites of the Lowcountry is by foot, and there are many fantastic options, including Savannah Dan Walking Tours, Charleston Tea Party Walking Tours and Beaufort Walking Tours.

    Photo courtesy of Charleston's TheDigitel

  • Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah

    Get Spooked at the Lowcountry's Haunted Cemeteries

    Some of the nation’s most beautiful final resting places are located in the Lowcountry. From Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, which overlooks the Wilmington River, to Magnolia Cemetery on the banks of the Cooper River in Charleston, the area’s cemeteries enjoy beautiful vistas and are steeped in history. Those who believe in the supernatural will be especially intrigued by these and other Lowcountry cemeteries, among them Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah, which have all reported ghost sightings.

    Photo courtesy of Jeff Gunn

  • Shrimp & Grits

    Indulge in Authentic Lowcountry Cuisine

    Seafood is a main component of Lowcountry cuisine, with dishes such as crab cakes, shrimp and grits, and she-crab soup taking center stage. Other Lowcountry favorites include fried green tomatoes, Brunswick stew, collard greens and fried chicken. Satisfy your craving for Lowcountry cuisine at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room in Savannah, Hank’s Seafood Restaurant in Charleston, Sweetgrass Restaurant and Bar on Dataw Island, and the SeaCow Eatery on Edisto Island.

    Photo courtesy of Ann Larie Valentine

  • Chatham Artillery Punch

    Lose Yourself in a Lowcountry Libation

    Folks in the Lowcountry have a long relationship with liquor, going back to the days of prohibition when backyard moonshine was commonplace. Nowadays you’re more likely to find Lowcountry residents sipping libations while enjoying a nice breeze on their front porches. For the Lowcountry’s most authentic cocktails, try the Chatham Artillery Punch at River House Seafood in Savannah or the Planters Punch at the Peninsula Grill in Charleston.

    Photo courtesy of Michael Korcuska