We left Orlando about 9 in the morning aiming to cross the Florida state line before noon. We took Interstate-4 first, then changed to Highway I-95 which runs straight into Georgia. Our first stop was the Georgia Welcome Center/Visitor Information center in the town of Kingsland to pick up maps and brochures. It is a very clean and well maintained facility, but I didn't find any free coffee (which I was craving for) there which is usually the case in many Welcome Centers around the United States.

After stopping at Wendy's on the way for a quick lunch, we continued on to the town of Brunswick which is situated on the coast to see the charming 19th century Victorian style homes, old magnolia tree lined streets and well preserved buildings, including the ornate Ritz Theater which still holds cultural events and live performances. As in central Florida, the streets and parks are full of grand oak trees - with moss dangling from their branches.

Next we went to visit Jekyll Island which is one of the four barrier islands on the southern part of Georgia's scenic coastline. We paid $6 toll fee at the guest entry plaza. which I think is quite reasonable as this enchanting island has miles of unspoiled wide beaches, pristine sand dunes, hiking trails and maritime forest. I was told that Jekyll Island is a favorite family destination, and for couples too, as it offers a wide variety of family-friendly activities as well as romantic hideaways!

We drove the whole length and breadth of the island via Beachview and Riverview Drives, stopping at various places along the way, including the Great Dunes, Driftwood Beach, Fishing Pier, Horton House and the burial ground of the first French settlers and owners of Jekyll Island, the Du Bignon family. Our last stop was the historic district - coined the "Millionaires Village" where we found the landmark Jekyll Island Club Hotel. This very impressive hotel and the surrounding cottages were once home to the most exclusive club in the world, consisting of America's most influential and wealthy people.

After leaving Brunswick we drove non-stop until we reached a small town called Richmond Hills which is only about 20 miles or 33 kilometers from Savannah, and checked in at the Travelodge. My next entry will be about beautiful Savannah, listed as one of the Top Ten cities to visit in the US of A!