Golden Isles

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Interstate 95 & Surrounding Areas

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Interstate 95, the main Interstate highway on the east coast of the United States, serves the coast of Georgia. Within Georgia, it begins from the south at the St. Marys River and the Florida state line and continues north past the border of South Carolina at the Savannah River.

In Brunswick, the route traverses the south Brunswick River over the Sidney Lanier Bridge and then crosses the Altamaha River Bridge, between Glynn County and McIntosh County. This section of U.S. 17 is known as the "Gateway to historic Brunswick and the Golden Isles" because it provides access to Jekyll IslandSt. Simons IslandSea Island, and boat access to Little St. Simons Island.

Places to Stop Along I-95

Whether you are planning a trip to the Golden Isles, or you're just passing through, our area offers plenty of things to do along your I-95 road trip.

Things to Do In the Golden Isles

Exits 29, 36, 38 and 42 serve the Golden Isles of Georgia. Take these exits to take a drive around Brunswick, Jekyll Island or St. Simons Island, or take a break from your car and hop on a boat out to Little St. Simons Island to uniquely experience the untouched Georgia coast nature.

With so much to see and do, the Golden Isles is the perfect I-95 road trip destination. No matter how long you want to stop, there are plenty of unique activities and attractions in the Golden Isles in addition to incredible lodging and dining options to make your trip special.

Things to Do Near the Golden Isles

A great way to find out the best things to do in the area? Stopping at a visitor center. Along with knowledgeable staff to answer your questions, visitor centers will have plenty of guides, brochures and more to help you plan your trip.

At mile marker 41 between Exits 42 and 38 (southbound only), Glynn County Rest Area houses one of the Golden Isles’ Visitor Centers and is the only visitors center for the Golden Isles located on I-95. Each of these exits provides weary travels with a range of lodging and dining options to recharge after a long drive, making it the perfect place to stop on a road trip from the north to Florida in the south.

From northern Florida to west of Savannah, Interstate 95 travels along side the U.S. 17 corridor, passing near or through marshlands and is close to the Atlantic coastline. Driving along U.S. 17 is an opportunity to slow down and take in the beautiful marshes, natural surroundings and step back in time. Grab your camera and stop along the way to capture Georgia's unique coastline.

Stop along your road trip to visit the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation—located between Brunswick and Darien on U.S. Highway 17 (1 mile east of I-95, exit 42). This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. Walk through the preserved antebellum home, tour the grounds or hike along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail—an excellent spot to look for herons, egrets, ibis and painted buntings.

One thing is for sure—there's plenty to do along your next I-95 road trip, whether the Golden Isles is the final destination or not. Happy traveling!