A Suggested Itinerary for a Southern States Road TripSaturday, September 05, 2015 Mary Anne Velasco
The Southern states definitely have a lot to offer in terms of hospitality, charm, and things to do and beautiful places to see. So it should come as no surprise that many people decide to take an exciting road trip throughout the South every year.
But what should be your itinerary for this unforgettable journey? After all, there are so many amazing states to choose from and so much land to cover. Well, check out the tips below to get some ideas and create a road trip itinerary that you'll love to complete.
Get the Right Wheels Before You Head Off
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Check Out Charleston, South Carolina
One of the most beloved cities of the South is Charleston, South Carolina, so it's a great place to start your Southern road trip journey. This city provides plenty of great restaurants serving delicious local meals, as well as picturesque historic inns. Plus, Kiawah Island, which is one of the country's most lovely nature preserves, is only an hour away.
Some of the best accommodations can be found at Fulton Lane Inn, The Vendue, John Rutledge House Inn, and Planters Inn. Check in, get some rest, and then head out to explore this pretty city, do some shopping, and indulge in all that Southern hospitality has to offer.
Take in Palmetto Springs, Georgia
Palmetto Springs is a great place in Georgia where a lot of travelers enjoy some time in the woods around all of the greenery and wildlife that thrives in the warm South. To get there, all you have to do is follow I-85 south from the city of Atlanta.
Check out Serenbe, which is a quaint inn and sustainable farming community that's found just outside of the city limits. There, you'll be able to relax and indulge in onsite dining at The Farmhouse and The Hil.
Visit "The Big Easy" in Louisiana
"The Big Easy" is the nickname given to New Orleans, Louisiana, and there is no other city in the country quite like this one. This Southern town really does have it all, from history and culture, to delicious cuisine, friendly locals, and a lot of partying by night.
One way to get to New Orleans is by traveling from Mobile, Alabama. Throughout the journey, you'll see the rich history of the area, thanks to its antebellum houses and all of the cute boutique shops along the way. You'll also be able to see Bay St. Louis and Ocean Springs, which are known as artist's havens with truly unique vibes of their own. And, of course, you'll be able to take in the beauty of the wetlands that separate Mississippi from the city of New Orleans before relaxing for a bit in The Big Easy.
Spend Time in Sunny St. Augustine, Florida
No Southern road trip is complete without a trip to Florida, so why not stop in unique St. Augustine? This city is perfect for road trippers who are in search of a laid-back beach area where they can take in the history and artistry of the local people. Simply travel down I-95 South to Jacksonville Beaches and then follow gorgeous A1A along the coast. Take plenty of pictures, and make plenty of stops, along the way so you can take it all in. Florida beaches are some of the best in the entire country.
Once in St. Augustine, you can grab a delicious lunch at Columbia Restaurant, which is famous in the area. And you can stay at Casa Monica Hotel, which is centrally located near all of the action. Take a fun trolley tour and visit the shops of St. George Street, one of the many historic areas of the city.
Because the South is so large, there are countless itineraries that you can follow. You can make one up for yourself or you can follow one like the one above if you aren't sure of which specific states and cities to stop in throughout your trip. Regardless of how you set up your itinerary, though, one thing is for certain, and that is that you'll have a memorable journey you won't forget.