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1. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Full Member 183 posts) 1y


A friend and I are heading off for a 4 day road trip between Washington, DC and Miami, FL in a few days. It's a bit impromptu, so we don't have too many plans yet, and I'm hoping you guys can help us figure out the things we shouldn't miss along the way. We're thinking Savannah & Charleston, possibly Myrtle Beach (anything there other than a party?) and the Everglades if it's not too far out of the way. This is a one-way trip, no return, so time doesn't need to allow us to get back to our starting point.

We really like history, but not too many museums. Nature and hiking generally are really popular, but given that it's March, not sure how feasible it will be. And of course, local cuisine / drinks, etc.

Thanks in advance! :)

2. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 564 posts) 1y

Charleston, Savannah and St. Augustine are dripping with history. Suggest you stop first in Charleston to spend the night. On your way to Savannah, stop by Beaufort, S.C., and nearby Hunting Island State Park. From Savannah, continue to St. Augustine, then zap into Miami and Everglades National Park.

3. Posted by robmer (Full Member 105 posts) 1y

If you like history, check out Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. It is a recreated historical city of the 18th century.

You should have no trouble seeing the Everglades in the Miami area. Be aware that you may be coming into the season when there are fires in the Everglades. This is a natural occurrence and the fires are usually allowed to burn freely. Some areas may not be accessible during the fires.

4. Posted by katzgar (Respected Member 227 posts) 1y

I suggest skipping Miami and go to New Orleans instead. More history and better food.

5. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Full Member 183 posts) 1y

Thanks for the feedback.

We're going to go via Roanoke as I've friends that direction, but then were thinking maybe head by raleigh & myrtle beach on the way south. Looked at st. augustine and wilmington and both look amazing but with time constraints we may have to skip wilmington.

katzgar, we can't go to new orleans as we have to be in fort lauderdale for the 27th, which has prompted this drive down. We've also both been there, and as amazing as it is, would like to see something different.

If you've got any specifics or other bits of advice we're happy to hear them - things to try, sights not to miss, etc. always open to suggestions.

6. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 564 posts) 1y

Raleigh-Durham is a short drive from Roanoke. Spend a few hours there, then continue to Charleston to spend the night; walk around the next day before driving two hours to Savannah to spend another night. Walk around the next morning, then head to Fort Lauderdale via I-95.

I understand the lure of Myrtle Beach. It's a hot spot for college Spring Breakers this year. However, Florida's beaches are warmer; and you'll find Daytona Beach and Miami still draw lots of people for fun in the sun.

7. Posted by katzgar (Respected Member 227 posts) 1y

I understand but I cant imagine any place more boring than Ft Lauderdale. you could go fishing? Partying will be Miami beach. you can get into the everglades due west of fort Lauderdale, drive due west on the freeway to the very end.

8. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 1y

Just south of Washington DC is Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington. A little farther south is Fredricksburg and Chancellorsville, the site of two of the most famous battles of our Civil War. Suggest you go there, then to Colonial Williamsburg as suggested above. From there visit Yorktown (where Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington, essentially ending the Revolutionary War) then head west through Charlottesville (home of the very pretty University of Virginia). Just outside of this town is The Monticello, former home of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote our Declaration of Independence. Then head west from there through the Shenandoah National Park to Roanoke to visit your friends, and continue on south to Miami.

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 1y

Oh, and I forgot to mention that the oldest town in all of the US is St. Augustine on the east coast of Florida. It was founded by Ponce de Leon in the 1500s when he was looking for the "fountain of youth".

10. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 1y

Let me clarify (St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement in the US). Obviously, the native American Indians were here long before the Vikings and Christopher Columbus visited North America.