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More and more couples are spending their honeymoons exploring the romantic open roads of the U.S. We love a good road trip and trekking your way through the Southern states is one of the sexiest regions to travel. Here, some of the best itineraries in our own backyard.
Day 1: Charleston, South Carolina
Start your coastal run at Zero George (doubles from $519), a 13-room inn with a killer cooking school. Book a class if you'll arrive on a Saturday or Monday; otherwise, head to Leon's Oyster Shop for fried chicken and oysters. Work off lunch with a walk through Waterfront Park and Rainbow Row, a street filled with colorful Georgian row houses. Cap the day with a sunset tour of Capers Island and a cookout on the "boneyard beach," a swath of white sand that pairs perfectly with a Lowcountry boil, a traditional fish-and-sausage stew.
Day 2: Charleston to Savannah, Georgia
After a decadent brunch at the Macintosh, head south, stopping in Folly Beach for a quick bite at Rita's Seaside Grille. From there, it's two hours to the chic Montage Palmetto Bluff (doubles from $405), outside Savannah. A sunset yacht cruise down the May River is a must.
Day 3: Savannah
Stroll through Forsyth Park and Monterey Square, lined by grand Victorian mansions and moss-covered oak trees. And don't miss the impressionist works and sculpture collections at Telfair Museums, the southeast's oldest art institution. For dinner, try the Grey, an haute-southern eatery that's located in a converted Greyhound bus terminal.
Day 4: Savannah to the Golden Isles, Georgia
On the drive south to St. Simons Island, stop for fried shrimp at the Old School Diner. (Ben Affleck's a fan.) Then catch a boat to the Lodge on Little St. Simons (all-inclusive doubles from $450), situated on a secluded seven-mile stretch of empty beaches and shallow waters (ideal for kayaking). Take a walk through the organic gardens; those tomatoes and heads of kale will be served family-style at the Hunting Lodge restaurant at night.
Day 5: Savannah
It's time to head north to the airport but not before you hit Southern Soul Barbecue on St. Simons to nosh on pulled pork and stock up on sauces for your first backyard feast at home.