Hello my friends!
Every Spring Break since the dawn of time, I have headed down to Florida. The few times I've flown, I've sworn to always fly and never drive again, but then by the next year, the road starts calling me again.
This year, the place I usually stay in Florida is undergoing some construction, so the desire to race my ass down to the sunshine as fast as possible (do not pass Go! Do not collect $200) is lessened somewhat by the thought of lying by the pool while listening to jackhammers.
My daughter and I started batting around the idea of doing something I've always intended to do on our way to Florida--take our time and make some stops on the way. The only time we actually did that was when we stopped in Savannah, GA a few years ago. I make all these plans and then once I'm in the car, I forget that there's anything good to see between Chicago and Central Florida.
We're thinking about a triangle. Chicago to Asheville, NC to see some friends (Walt D., Rwarner, and Celestina among others). Then to Charleston, SC because I've always wanted to go there. A stop in Savannah to see a little more than we saw on our quick stop last time, and then down to Ormond Beach, FL for a few days to see my parents.
On the return, we'll head up to the Florida panhandle, stop in Mobile, AL, New Orleans, and then up to Memphis, TN (Graceland, baby).
A basic map of our current plan can be found here.
We'd like to spend as much time off the interstates as possible.
And I'll be writing about what we see and experience the whole way.
We've been researching places to stop, but as the Newsvine Community has members from all over, I figured I'd ask for some ideas. Where do you suggest we stop? Historical sites, awesome National or State Parks, amazing restaurants (high-end? Sure! Dive? Absolutely!), must-see tourist traps, etc.
Thanks in advance!