Atlanta--Go to Stone Mountain and watch the light show--largest in the world with pyrotechnics and everything. Costs less than $5.
If you are a news buff like me you can also take a tour of CNN while you are there.
Savannah--VERY historic, tons of tours and ghost tours.
South Georgia--Okeefenokee Wildlife Refugee. Wander the park until 1, then rent a canoe for half price and set out for an alligator sightseeing adventure.
About an hour away--CUMBERLAND ISLAND--ONLY 200 people are allowed on the island a day--wild horses, pigs, etc. You can camp if you like, tons of trails along the beach, old burned down mansion. Kennedy Jr and Caroline Bassett got married there.
Jacksonville--Wanna Camp? Katheryn Abbey Hanna Park is at the beach and very cool. Just north of Jacksonville you can camp ON the beach at Amelia Island.
St. Augustine--Very historical. Take the walking ghost tours, lots of fun. If you can, stay at one of the inns on the water--some are said to be haunted. And you might just see dolphins swimming in the bay.
You can see some of the places at.. www.Roadtripdivas.com
thanks for the ideas!
i have done the cnn tour before lol, i was, from what i remember, very good. also amelia island- absolutely beautiful..don't think we could get there this time though. But we are going to other lovely beaches so I'm not worrying about it lol.
I think skipping Chicago really depends on what you want to see. Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers so if that interests you (as it does me), that should be cool to see. But the rest of your trip sounds pretty good to me. I have seen Boston many times and can attest to the fact that it's a gorgeous city. I don't know if anyone else suggested this but Cape Cod is a nice place to visit as well.
I believe it was TimmyG who made the BRILLIANT suggestion to hit New Orleans from Atlanta. I wholeheartedly back his suggestion! I visited New Orleans a few months ago and it is a beautiful and interesting city! Very different from the other cities in the USA.
As for the Caribbean, since you're a UK resident, you will be allowed to go to Cuba. I know countless people who've been to Cuba and love the country. Although it can be a tad sketchy at times, staying with guided tours through places like Havana should give you the freedom to visit without the fear of shady characters. But I should mention that I am relaying to you what was said to me. I am by no means an expert on Cuba, but I'm going there this sunday for a week, and I'll let you know once I get back on the 17th!
I hope everything works out! Oh yeah I should mention that I did a similar trip earlier on this year, except by car. If there is anything I can help with (other than transportation of course) please don't hesitate to contact me!
Good luck with your plans!
Sam - I can't tell you how excited I am for you! Going to new places is always such a fun challenge. A few things to keep in mind that no one's mentioned so far (maybe because they're SO obvious, but hey, I've forgotten them before):
I don't know what y'all have over in the UK (or how far your US knowledge goes), but here we have Public Libraries that have Internet Access, most don't require that you have a card with them. You can check in with friends back home, ask questions on the forum, etc.
Photo Op's abound here, especially if you are going to be here for 5 weeks! If you are using a film camera, make sure you have enough film (I didn't bring enough on a trip to Hawaii, film was so expensive out there I didn't get many pictures!). I use a digital now, so I have no idea how much film is here. I know you can buy disposable cameras for like, $5-10 USD (24 exposures).
I don't know about you, but long plane flights and bus/train rides can get old, even if you have good company and/or it's a first. This is one thing I DO know, sitting and waiting, so bring LOTS of thins to do in the sitting position (bring more than you think you would ever need), books to read (check out books from your library on traveling in USA, your fav author, etc.), travel games, CD player with CD's (don't forget batteries), and anything else that you can think of. It's a GREAT way to travel, just make sure you're prepared and it can be the best part of the trip!