The latest figures show that 39 percent of all vacations taken in the United States are classified as road trips. Whether you are looking to relax or plan exciting adventures on your next vacation, a road trip offers an incredible way to see more sights and destinations than air travel. However, with 50 states from which to choose, it helps to have recommendations to guide the way.
If you’ve considered traveling to the Southeastern United States, there are hundreds of beautiful beaches, fun attractions, and breathtaking views to see, but don’t forget to take in some cities en route too.
When comparing states to visit in the Southeast, Florida easily has some of the most notable places to see. From Walt Disney World to Miami, there is a full range of experiences. However, before hitting the road, check for important details like the oil, brakes, the engine and transmission in your car. After all has been cleared, you can start your adventure. One of the top FL cities that can often be overlooked is Tampa. Situated on Florida’s Gulf coast, Tampa delivers numerous road trip stops in and around the city. Within the city, beer enthusiasts can visit world class breweries (two of which were named in the top 100 breweries in the world on the 2018 RateBeer annual ranking list). A short drive from the city center, travelers can enjoy several stunning beaches, including Clearwater Beach. In and around the city, visitors can also enjoy shopping, sporting events, and incredible dining options.
Charleston, South Carolina
With its warm beaches, historical sites, top-tier dining, and stunning views of nature, it is no surprise that roughly 6 million tourists travel to Charleston, South Carolina each year. The city has also been named as one of the top travel spots in the world many years over by several of the leading travel magazines.What makes this destination such an excellent road trip spot is that it is just hours away from many other major cities in the Southeast. Additionally, it is also a reasonable drive for those living in the states of the Northeastern U.S. Some of the most notable spots in the city include the beach on Isle of Palms, the City Market, and The Battery.
Asheville, North Carolina
For those looking for a road trip that includes breathtaking mountain views, walks in nature, and opportunities for kayaking, biking, and camping, look no further than Asheville, North Carolina. As the northern-most destination on the list, this city is a nature enthusiasts’ paradise. Boasting numerous campgrounds and endless views of the Great Smoky Mountains, it is easy to feel a world away when driving through this destination. However, for those who also enjoy city life, Asheville has plenty of outstanding restaurants, entertainment venues, and shopping. It is even home to the legendary Biltmore Estate, which offers tours of the 250 room home, two resorts, multiple restaurants, outdoor activities, and a winery.
In addition to these exciting destinations, one advantage of traveling through the Southeastern U.S. by car is that many of the most popular cities are close in proximity. This makes a road trip in this part of the country an excellent choice for those who are looking to see as many places as possible during their vacation time.