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Title: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: Roe on April 28, 2013, 07:49:15 AM
DH and I are trying to plan a different type of vacation this year.  We usually fly to vacation location, spend 2wks, and then fly back. 

This year, he wants to take a roadtrip somewhere. (I'm game)  The kids want to go to Orlando.  So to combine both of those wants, I was thinking of planning a roadtrip from DC to Orlando, going down the SE side of the US. 

Ideas on where to go and what to see on the way to Orlando?  Favorite beach?  Favorite fun family activity?  Favorite museum? Historical location? (we love history)

Any help would be appreciated.  TIA!
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: cabbagegirl28 on April 28, 2013, 08:23:52 AM
If you'll be near there, spending some time in the Jamestown/Williamsburg/Yorktown, Virginia historical area is fun! Williamsburg has shops and tours, Jamestown has a couple of museums (one traditional and some exhibits outside). I didn't go to Yorktown while I was there, because my aunt and uncle took me to Busch Gardens instead (which is also fun).
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: Roe on April 28, 2013, 09:14:16 AM
Love that area!  We actually do want to go back there but might make it it's own long weekend visit. We didn't have time for Yorktown the last time so that's going to be first on the list.  :)

Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: WillyNilly on April 28, 2013, 10:27:27 AM
Well its pretty obligatory IMO to stop at South of the Border (www.thesouthoftheborder.com). Its cheesy and its a quick stop, but its still whats done when driving down the east coast to Florida!  :)

I would also recommend, on your way back home buying one of those little lemon tree seedlings at a gas station. Sounds ridiculous I know, but honestly its fun to have home grown lemons (I had two last year in my living room) and the lemon blossoms smell so nice!
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: jaxsue on April 28, 2013, 10:34:37 AM
Well its pretty obligatory IMO to stop at South of the Border (www.thesouthoftheborder.com). Its cheesy and its a quick stop, but its still whats done when driving down the east coast to Florida!  :)

I would also recommend, on your way back home buying one of those little lemon tree seedlings at a gas station. Sounds ridiculous I know, but honestly its fun to have home grown lemons (I had two last year in my living room) and the lemon blossoms smell so nice!

I am a hold-out. I've driven the I-95 corridor more times than I can count and have yet to stop by SoTB. Those Pedro signs are annoying!
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: jaxsue on April 28, 2013, 10:36:52 AM
OP, I lived in FL for many years. If you get off the main highways (75/95, etc.), you find some very interesting routes. A1A is one: http://byways.org/explore/byways/2477/

Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: norrina on April 28, 2013, 11:05:15 AM
Well its pretty obligatory IMO to stop at South of the Border (www.thesouthoftheborder.com). Its cheesy and its a quick stop, but its still whats done when driving down the east coast to Florida!  :)

I would also recommend, on your way back home buying one of those little lemon tree seedlings at a gas station. Sounds ridiculous I know, but honestly its fun to have home grown lemons (I had two last year in my living room) and the lemon blossoms smell so nice!

I am a hold-out. I've driven the I-95 corridor more times than I can count and have yet to stop by SoTB. Those Pedro signs are annoying!

I've also not been to SoTB. I live in Charleston, SC, so it's only about 2.5 hours away, not to mention I drove right past every time I made the trip from Northern Virginia to Charleston when I was living in NoVa and in a long-distance-relationship with DF here in Charleston.

And I have to plug Charleston for a stop. We have Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, both of which are of course very steeped in history. I actually recently created a long list of various things to see/do in this area because my family will be coming for a week later this summer, and I'm happy to share it with anyone that wants it.

Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: AmethystAnne on April 28, 2013, 11:14:22 AM
I have always wanted to stay in Savannah, GA.

SOTB, yeah the signs are annoying but kind of funny. Each one is different.  My DH and I stopped there during our kids' Spring Break 1981(they stayed with my Mom and Dad). DH and I went up in one of the towers, and when taking a picture, if ya stand in the right spot, it looks like you are wearing one of the giant sombreros   ;D
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: oogyda on April 28, 2013, 11:25:28 AM
Charleston, SC.  Downtown.  Battery Park?  I forget what it's called.  Take the touristy carriage ride (historical informative) and walk through the old houses to peek into the gardens.  Awesome!

SOTB...you won't miss anything if you don't stop.

You'll love the Smithsonian...whatever bits you want to see.  The monuments/memorials are a must; Washington (you need reservations if they've opened it up yet),  Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson,Vietnam War, Korean War, WWII.  You get the picture.

Williamsburg/Jamestown are awesome.

Oh yeah, when you go across Lake Moultrie, look for "the hundred mile fish". It's a billboard with a fish on it that is 100 miles from the border.  They have one going either direction.  Okay, it's a stupid little landmark that's kindof a family joke. 
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: jaxsue on April 28, 2013, 11:50:16 AM
I have always wanted to stay in Savannah, GA.

SOTB, yeah the signs are annoying but kind of funny. Each one is different.  My DH and I stopped there during our kids' Spring Break 1981(they stayed with my Mom and Dad). DH and I went up in one of the towers, and when taking a picture, if ya stand in the right spot, it looks like you are wearing one of the giant sombreros   ;D

Savannah is amazing! Parking is a big issue. I tend to park in the visitors center parking lot and walk from there. Wear comfy shoes! :-) And don't go near it on St. Patrick's Day. Way too many people.
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: jaxsue on April 28, 2013, 11:52:20 AM

Williamsburg/Jamestown are awesome.


I've been to Williamsburg many times. Love it.

Now I have to go to Jamestown(e), because while doing family research I discovered that an ancestor lived there in 1608-09. That was a very exciting find!
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: Mikayla on April 28, 2013, 01:09:40 PM
My vote is the lighthouse museum on St. Augustine.  http://www.staugustinelighthouse.com/

I love St. Augustine!  Also, there's a lighthouse museum on St. Simon's Island.  I detoured there once coming from Sarasota up to DC.  It's a pretty unique place.  And then of course there are the wild ponies and other wildlife on Chincoteague and Assoteague.  I'm not sure how much of a detour this is.



Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: Roe on April 28, 2013, 03:31:42 PM
I've always wanted to visit Savannah but not sure what to do once there. Maybe visit a plantation?  My guys were pretty lukewarm about Savannah but I want it on the list.

Norrina, I'd love that list if you can share it.  Thanks!

Now I have to visit SOTB!!!  :D

St. Augustine is another place I'd like to visit though I don't know what's there, other than a beach.  I would love to visit a lighthouse!  Definitely going to look into that one. Thanks!

Jaxsue, wow...an ancestor.  That *is* interesting. 

Fort Sumter is on the list.  My boys (17 & 9) are really interested in anything Civil War related.

Thanks for the ideas.   Keep 'em coming.  I love it.  Thanks again! 
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: SamiHami on April 28, 2013, 04:47:09 PM
Well its pretty obligatory IMO to stop at South of the Border (www.thesouthoftheborder.com). Its cheesy and its a quick stop, but its still whats done when driving down the east coast to Florida!  :)

I would also recommend, on your way back home buying one of those little lemon tree seedlings at a gas station. Sounds ridiculous I know, but honestly its fun to have home grown lemons (I had two last year in my living room) and the lemon blossoms smell so nice!

I am a hold-out. I've driven the I-95 corridor more times than I can count and have yet to stop by SoTB. Those Pedro signs are annoying!

I've also not been to SoTB. I live in Charleston, SC, so it's only about 2.5 hours away, not to mention I drove right past every time I made the trip from Northern Virginia to Charleston when I was living in NoVa and in a long-distance-relationship with DF here in Charleston.

And I have to plug Charleston for a stop. We have Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, both of which are of course very steeped in history. I actually recently created a long list of various things to see/do in this area because my family will be coming for a week later this summer, and I'm happy to share it with anyone that wants it.

Hey, neighbor! I'm a Charleston gal too!

And Norinna is right. Charleston is such a beautiful place with historic houses and gardens. I recently visited the tea plantation and found it to be fun and fascinating! It's the only tea plantation in the US. They provide the tea for Firefly Vodka---which just happens to be made a couple of miles from the plantation (another fun place to visit. $6 gets you into the tasting room  ;D )

And since you said you love history, well, Charleston is where the civil war began. It's a history buff's dream!
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: SamiHami on April 28, 2013, 04:49:28 PM
Charleston, SC.  Downtown.  Battery Park?  I forget what it's called.  Take the touristy carriage ride (historical informative) and walk through the old houses to peek into the gardens.  Awesome!

SOTB...you won't miss anything if you don't stop.

You'll love the Smithsonian...whatever bits you want to see.  The monuments/memorials are a must; Washington (you need reservations if they've opened it up yet),  Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson,Vietnam War, Korean War, WWII.  You get the picture.

Williamsburg/Jamestown are awesome.

Oh yeah, when you go across Lake Moultrie, look for "the hundred mile fish". It's a billboard with a fish on it that is 100 miles from the border.  They have one going either direction.  Okay, it's a stupid little landmark that's kindof a family joke.

Locally we call it The Battery but it's officially Whitepoint Gardens.
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: jaxsue on April 28, 2013, 04:52:21 PM
My vote is the lighthouse museum on St. Augustine.  http://www.staugustinelighthouse.com/

I love St. Augustine!  Also, there's a lighthouse museum on St. Simon's Island.  I detoured there once coming from Sarasota up to DC.  It's a pretty unique place.  And then of course there are the wild ponies and other wildlife on Chincoteague and Assoteague.  I'm not sure how much of a detour this is.

I know I keep jumping in and I apologize! I agree, St. Augustine is a must. It's amazing. And ditto for St. Simon's Island. So much history and natural beauty.
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: jaxsue on April 28, 2013, 04:55:21 PM

Jaxsue, wow...an ancestor.  That *is* interesting.


Yeah, when I fist saw the info I thought, "No way!" But, as Wayne and Garth on SNL said: Way! :) He sailed over on a supply ship and was a member of The London Company. Imagine seeing our country at that point in time!
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: Library Dragon on April 28, 2013, 05:59:31 PM
If you can work in a trip to the western coast of Florida try to go to Homossa Springs or Crystal River http://www.homosassasprings.org/Homosassa.cfm (http://www.homosassasprings.org/Homosassa.cfm) to see the manatees please do it. 
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: rain on April 28, 2013, 06:12:36 PM
If you'll be near there, spending some time in the Jamestown/Williamsburg/Yorktown, Virginia historical area is fun! Williamsburg has shops and tours, Jamestown has a couple of museums (one traditional and some exhibits outside). I didn't go to Yorktown while I was there, because my aunt and uncle took me to Busch Gardens instead (which is also fun).


POD to cabbagegirl

IF you can avoid the busy time in the tunnel - Nags Head is great - there's Kitty Hawk, botanical gardens, great sea food places,
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: norrina on April 28, 2013, 06:19:33 PM
I was going to send a PM with my list of suggestions for Charleston, SC, but then I thought others may be interested in it too. I've created a spinoff thread, http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=127185.0 (http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=127185.0).
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: Autumn Rose on April 29, 2013, 12:59:57 PM
My family and I went to Georgia last year on a mini vacation.    What a great state!
If you are taking I-95 down to Orlando - when you leave you could take I-75N.

If you like nature - check out Providence Canyon in Georgia.   AMAZING!    They call it the "Little Grand Canyon" for good reason.
Here is a link:    http://gastateparks.org/ProvidenceCanyon

We also went white water rafting on the Ocoee River.  This is the river they used for the Olympics...alot of fun!


Enjoy your trip!



Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: Roe on April 29, 2013, 05:00:57 PM
CRUD MONKEYS!...will put Little Grand Canyon on the list, for sure!  Thank you. 
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: StarFaerie on April 30, 2013, 04:29:18 AM
Well its pretty obligatory IMO to stop at South of the Border (www.thesouthoftheborder.com). Its cheesy and its a quick stop, but its still whats done when driving down the east coast to Florida!  :)

I would also recommend, on your way back home buying one of those little lemon tree seedlings at a gas station. Sounds ridiculous I know, but honestly its fun to have home grown lemons (I had two last year in my living room) and the lemon blossoms smell so nice!

I am a hold-out. I've driven the I-95 corridor more times than I can count and have yet to stop by SoTB. Those Pedro signs are annoying!

I've also not been to SoTB. I live in Charleston, SC, so it's only about 2.5 hours away, not to mention I drove right past every time I made the trip from Northern Virginia to Charleston when I was living in NoVa and in a long-distance-relationship with DF here in Charleston.

And I have to plug Charleston for a stop. We have Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, both of which are of course very steeped in history. I actually recently created a long list of various things to see/do in this area because my family will be coming for a week later this summer, and I'm happy to share it with anyone that wants it.

Sorry just saw your other post. Scratch that :D
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: Slartibartfast on April 30, 2013, 08:04:18 AM
My only experience with I95 was on Friday afternoon, between DC and Fredericksburg.  Apparently it takes around 45 minutes if there's no traffic; it took us four hours.  It also convinced me I never want to live here  :)
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: RebeccainGA on April 30, 2013, 08:28:17 AM
Having grown up in Jacksonville, I POD a lot of stuff above - St. Simons (beautiful!) and also Big/Little Talbot Islands, Fernandina Beach (much prettier than Daytona or Jacksonville beaches, all of them).  St. Augustine - take a night, and do the ghost tours. They are AWESOME. Ripley's is great for most kids - the Castillo de St. Marcos is gorgeous, and great for letting the kids run off some energy and don't miss out on some of the touristy stuff (the old jail, the old schoolhouse). If you go to Scarlet O'Hara's restaurant in the old quarter, the food is amazing, and more ghost-y goodness can be found there (my dad wrote a song for the ghost there, in fact!).

Savannah is great with older kids - lots of history. Incidentally, it's the home of the founder of the Girl Scouts (Juliette Gordon Lowe) and is a really interesting place to visit for that alone - the museum is REALLY cool.

Orlando is overrated, unless you are doing one of the parks - WDW, Sea World, Universal. It's just hot, crowded, and full of tourists. You'll have MUCH more fun elsewhere for the bulk of your time. The parks are great, if pricy, but having spent many, many days down there, it's just really not that much fun unless you are at the parks, or a heavy drinker.

Hope the trip is lovely - it sounds like what we used to do with DD. Such memories!
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: jaxsue on April 30, 2013, 11:36:20 AM
If you can work in a trip to the western coast of Florida try to go to Homossa Springs or Crystal River http://www.homosassasprings.org/Homosassa.cfm (http://www.homosassasprings.org/Homosassa.cfm) to see the manatees please do it.

My son swam with manatees there. They're awesome creatures!
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: jaxsue on April 30, 2013, 11:37:55 AM
Having grown up in Jacksonville, I POD a lot of stuff above - St. Simons (beautiful!) and also Big/Little Talbot Islands, Fernandina Beach (much prettier than Daytona or Jacksonville beaches, all of them).  St. Augustine - take a night, and do the ghost tours. They are AWESOME. Ripley's is great for most kids - the Castillo de St. Marcos is gorgeous, and great for letting the kids run off some energy and don't miss out on some of the touristy stuff (the old jail, the old schoolhouse). If you go to Scarlet O'Hara's restaurant in the old quarter, the food is amazing, and more ghost-y goodness can be found there (my dad wrote a song for the ghost there, in fact!).

Savannah is great with older kids - lots of history. Incidentally, it's the home of the founder of the Girl Scouts (Juliette Gordon Lowe) and is a really interesting place to visit for that alone - the museum is REALLY cool.

Orlando is overrated, unless you are doing one of the parks - WDW, Sea World, Universal. It's just hot, crowded, and full of tourists. You'll have MUCH more fun elsewhere for the bulk of your time. The parks are great, if pricy, but having spent many, many days down there, it's just really not that much fun unless you are at the parks, or a heavy drinker.

Hope the trip is lovely - it sounds like what we used to do with DD. Such memories!

Hey, Jax native! I lived there for 22 yrs (my X was a native), and I second your recommendations.
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: MERUNCC13 on April 30, 2013, 11:42:29 AM
If you don't mind getting off I-95 at I-74/US 74 in North Carolina, try Wilmington.  It is a port town with Orton Plantation  in the area, plenty of sights and very historic.  If your kids like military stuff, the USS North Carolina is docked there and is open for tours.
Title: Re: Roadtrip (SE USA) Ideas?
Post by: Kiara on April 30, 2013, 02:12:59 PM
Fort Sumter is on the list.  My boys (17 & 9) are really interested in anything Civil War related.

Petersburg/Richmond Battlefield Park/Fredricksburg.  There's a fabulous Civil War guidebook that was written by Michael? Shaara that gives tours of all the major battlefields and a history of what happened.    (As an aside, if they love Civil War stuff...Antietam is FABULOUS.  IMO better than Gettysburg.)