A friend and I are planning a trip to Charleston in September. We have 5 nights. Her son is in Charlotte, so at first she suggested we could fly in there to see him, then go to Charleston. I'm fine with that. But then last night she suggested we fly RT to Atlanta (we will be traveling separately from California & Oregon), then we could travel to Charleston and Charlotte from there. I told her that I wasn't interested in spending so much time in transit. She thought there might be interesting places to stop along the way. I still think we will be short changing Charleston and won't have much time there if we try to see Charleston, Charlotte and Atlanta.
What suggestions do you have for Charleston and how many days should we plan for there? I would like to do a day trip to Beaufort. Or would it be better to spend a night in Beaufort for more time? Anywhere else in the Charleston area? Is there anything worth stopping for between Charlotte & Charleston? Atlanta & Charlston?