Looking for a Weekend Getaway? Here Are 5 Vacation Destinations 4 Hours Away or Less from the First Coast

Are you dreaming of a weekend getaway vacation? One of the many benefits of living on the First Coast is that it is located near several fantastic vacation destinations. So get your suitcases packed and gas up your car because we are featuring 5 vacation spots for you to check out that are within 4 hours or less of Jacksonville.

Orlando, FL

 Distance from Jacksonville: 2 Hours

Orlando is the destination for family fun with several of the world’s most popular theme parks including Disney World, Universal Studios, Legoland Florida and SeaWorld. Orlando also has a wide variety of entertainment, shopping and dining selections which make this city a hot vacation spot.

A Great Place to Stay:  Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

A Great Place to Eat: Bosporus

Traveler Tip: Many of the most popular theme parks offer Florida residents a discount. You can also save even more if you purchase season passes. Check out the park’s website for more information.

Hilton Head, SC

 Distance from Jacksonville: 2 Hours 37 Minutes

Hilton Head is one of the top 10 family beaches in the United States. On your trip you can explore the Island with a bike ride or a hike. Also, with 33 courses and fantastic weather year-round, it is great for golfers as well. Hilton Head is also known for its charming boutiques, historic attractions, and delicious restaurants.

A Great Place to Stay: The Inn & Club at Harbour Town

A Great Place to Eat: The Salty Dog Cafe

Traveler Tip: Visitors who want to do something off the beaten path should head to Daufuskie Island, a charming small island located near Hilton Head which is only accessible by boat or ferry.

Charleston, SC

 Distance from Jacksonville: 3 Hours 45 Minutes

Charleston has topped Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best List year after year.

The glamorous Southern city has plenty to offer vacationers. The food, art and entertainment are as exciting as the architecture. You can explore the charming shops and delicious restaurants in Historic Downtown Charleston or experience its vibrant nightlife after dark. The city has several large seasonal events and festivals so there’s something to be enjoyed there year-round.

A Great Place to Stay: The Hotel Bennett

A Great Place to Eat: Rodney Scott’s BBQ

Traveler Tip:

Three activities that should be on your list are to visit Historic Charleston City Market, explore the shops on King Street, and to savor some local dishes. Many of the city’s top restaurants book up quickly so make your dining reservations in advance.

Amelia Island

 Distance from Jacksonville: 1 Hour

Located less than an hour away from Jacksonville, Amelia Island is the closest city on our vacation destination list but just as noteworthy with its 13 miles of pristine beaches, native wildlife, and notable resorts and spas. Other activities of note on Amelia Island are kayaking, golfing, and fishing. Also, make sure to explore downtown Fernandina Beach. According to the city’s website, “This enchanting Victorian seaport village was once a stomping ground for pirates, Gilded Age millionaires, bootleggers, shrimpers, and other colorful characters.” The area has a variety of unique shops and eateries to satisfy anyone in your group.

A Great Place to Stay: Omni Amelia Island

A Great Place to Eat: Ciao Italian Eatery

Traveler Tip: Download the Amelia Island Mobile App here. It features a detailed visitor’s guide along with augmented reality experiences!

Savannah, GA 

 Distance from Jacksonville: 2 Hours

Savannah is one of the South’s most charming cities and perfect for a weekend getaway as it is only a short drive from Jacksonville. Enjoy a variety of live music, unique goods from different vendors and drinks on the Savannah River. Walk around the city’s historic town squares and enjoy Southern Gothic architecture. Savor delicious traditional elevated Southern fare at one of the city’s many award-winning eateries.

A Great Place to Stay: Perry Lane Hotel

A Great Place to Eat: The Olde Pink House

Traveler Tip: Make sure to connect with your artistic side on this vacation. The city is home to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). The college campus is surrounded by eclectic restaurants and shops which cater to the hip, artistic taste of their student body.

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