Everyone, start your engines! No, not for racing, but for road tripping! Making a road trip in the Southeast is as quintessential as sweet tea and barbecue. From Virginia to Florida, our road trip ideas include our favorite destinations to be found in the southeast. Start your trip planner by checking out all these links to map out the most epic road trip in the Southeast you and your family will be talking about for years to come.
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Road trips in the Southeast can be “easy breezy lemon squeezy” with the right road map. That means planning, preparation, and persistence. But no perspiration! Don’t sweat it because Traveling Moms have logged some serious road trip miles. Spanning the East coast with a focus on the southern states, Traveling Moms share our favorite locales. Check out our links and map out a road trip you’ll look back on for years to come!
Southeast Road Trip Ideas: Our TravelingMom Road Trip Planner
From great resorts in St. Pete Beach and Naples to manatees at Blue Spring State Park, old Florida charm in Deland, family-friendly activities in Jacksonville, and a Cuban cafe in Miami, TravelingMoms have road tripped across Florida and offer advice on activities, resorts, and restaurants.
Family-friendly activities in Birmingham and foodie and shopping finds in Fairhope fascinated us. The Alabama Panhandle to the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach convinced us why this state is affectionately dubbed “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Not to be outdone, Tennessee boasts some of the most popular travel destinations.
Pigeon Forge is a popular destination nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains. Synonymous with the area, Dollywood has 150 acres of theme park fun attracts almost 3 million visitors a year. Gatlinburg can be both a multi-family destination or a romantic one.
There are endless Music City marvels in Nashville–from its happening music scene, Johnny Cash Museum, and the historic Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson.
We have a lot of advice about Asheville from grown-up getaways, to what teens and tween will like, and who doesn’t like a list of free things to do? Asheville’s Biltmore Estate charms with its gardens and grounds, and we’ve got a guide on how to tour the property like a Vanderbilt.
My home state boasts some of the most fascinating travel spots (completely unbiased opinion). We’ve got tips on where to entertain toddlers to the best things to do in Charleston. From activities galore to an amazing food scene, we’re even sharing a Charleston classic recipe for chicken biscuits with sausage gravy (you’re welcome).
The Carolina coast has some of the best beaches around. Not sure which one to choose? Check out our guides for Myrtle Beach and other coastal destinations like Hilton Head, or Charleston area beaches like Folly Beach and Isle of Palms. Some of the most adventurous family vacations my family has had were in Myrtle Beach zip lining and jetskiing.
Don’t miss the Upstate, especially Greenville where the mice play on Main Street, the views slay from the suspension bridge over Falls Park, and the BMW’s fly on a performance test track. We’ve got posts about free things to do in Greenville to 14 Best Things to Do in Greenville with kids.
And horse fans will love Aiken with its polo and equine scene.
Fun facts about Louisiana: Did you know that Breaux Bridge is known as the “Crawfish Capital of the World” and that Louisiana is the only state that divides up into parishes instead of counties? Louisiana also has the tallest state capitol building in the United States (34 stories).
We can’t talk Louisiana without a special shoutout to New Orleans and suggest fun things to do in New Orleans, and of course, where to eat when in the Big Easy. Want to do Mardi Gras with kids? No problem! And there’s plenty to do in New Orleans beyond Bourbon Street. Plus free things to do are always on our radar, so New Orleans is no exception. From a historical perspective, Whitney Plantation enlightens about slavery.
You could say that Virginia is for (travel) lovers. From visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home in Monticello and fun activities in Charlottesville and Williamsburg, history buffs will delight in the immersion that transports visitors back in time.
Alexandria has some serious allure because of its cobblestone streets, restaurants, and unique shops along with kid-friendly play spots.
Our Traveling Moms have both Virginia Beach activities and places to stay covered. Meanwhile, the caverns in Shenandoah Valley are geological wonders. Other can’t miss destinations also include Hampton and Yorktown.
It’s hard to not have Georgia on your mind when you’re planning a Southeast road trip. Whether you are trying to choose one of Georgia’s many beach destinations like St. Simons Island or Tybee Island, a Southern charmer like Savannah, or the thriving metropolis of Atlanta, Georgia is sure to enthrall.
Kids and teen activities abound. Georgia State Parks get kids outside and off their devices, Craving thrill rides and roller coasters? Six Flags Over Georgia awaits! Meanwhile, the Georgia Aquarium offers swimming with sharks. While in Atlanta, keep our list handy of indoor activities and outings with kids that will score rave reviews. Follow the Civil Rights Trail that starts in Georgia and travels into Alabama and Mississippi.
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Can’t decide between all these awesome options? Start with our Southeast Destinations tab. Scroll through the list and a destination (or two or three) will emerge.
General advice on road trips and destinations beyond the southeast are all covered HERE!
Everything you need to know is available at our road trip tab: from best snacks for toddlers, tweens and teens to the best games, movies, and toys to keep your crew entertained. Our moms are not shy about sharing their secrets.