Looking for a spring break getaway but trying to avoid the busy beaches? Hit the highway and explore everything that the incredible Southeast region has to offer. You’ll find beaches, bars, backwoods, cities, and everything in between. It’s Travel Tuesday, and today we’re taking on a deep south road trip to get you out on the road this spring break!
Hit the highway and head north to see what the south has to offer
Traveling in the south has its advantages – you already live here, so you’ll save gas money, and you’re probably at least relatively familiar with the general geography. However, that’s not why we suggested it. The south has charming and unique cultural intricacies that you just won’t find anywhere else in the nation. Here are some of the hot spots to check out as you start marking your map!
If you’re starting here in Central Florida, you’ll want to head east – to I-95, specifically. Head north up the coast and make a pit stop in St. Augustine! It’s the oldest city in the US and not only does it have seaside charm, it’s also got tons of historical sites you’ll want to check out, like the Fountain of Youth and the Castillo de San Marcos. Wander through downtown, and don’t forget to explore Flagler College to get your architecture fix.
Once you’ve gotten your fill of St. Augustine, you’re going to hang a left and take I-10 straight to New Orleans. It’s an 8.5 hour drive there, so make sure you stock up on snacks and make a couple of playlists before you hit the road. However, it’s an easy drive down I-10 and once you arrive, you’ll be able to get your fill of classic Cajun food and iconic cocktails (be wary of the Hand Grenades and never drink and drive!) You can visit famous historical New Orleans sites like the French Quarter, Fort Macomb, and handfuls of museums featuring everything from jazz music to voodoo. Don’t forget to stop by Cafe Du Monde for a beignet before you leave!
Get your fill of food and fun in southern cities
From New Orleans, you’re going to head northeast on I-59 until you hit Chattanooga (and if you’ve got extra time, pop up to Nashville from there). In Chattanooga you’ll be able to take a duck tour through downtown, as well as get out of the city to check out Ruby Falls and Rock City for some seriously intense geological sightseeing. Also take the time to visit the memorial for the Battle of Chattanooga at Point Park if you’re a Civil War history buff.
After you’ve finished with Chattanooga, head south on I-75. You’ll pass through Atlanta and we recommend a stop, but the city really demands a trip of its own with everything it has to offer. Instead, keep heading east on I-16 until you hit Savannah. This sweeping, shady city offers classic southern charm, the Savannah College of Art and Design, beautiful waterfront views, and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which boasts breathtaking French Gothic architecture. From Savannah, simply head south on I-95 and you’re back where you started!
Other southern cities you might want to check out include…
And that’s not even touching on the amazing natural wonders you’ll want to explore, like the Blue Ridge Mountains, Great Smokey Mountains, Hilton Head Island, Nantahala National Forest, and more!
Happy travels, and stay safe!