Originally Posted by sarahp
DH and I are planning a road trip next year around the south east US. We'll probably only get one chance to see the south eastern corner, so want to fit in all the highlights.
This is what I'm thinking:
Start in Washington, DC and spend a couple of days there.
Drive to Columbus, OH, spend the night there (is there anything to see in Columbus?)
From there, leave early and drive to St Louis, MO, spend a day and a half there.
Drive to Memphis, TN and spend a day or two there
Head to either Dallas, or Houston TX (any suggestions?), spend a day or two there
New Orleans, LA would be next, spend a few days there
Push right through from New Orleans to Orlando, FL, and spend a couple of days there (Disney and Space Center mainly)
Spend 2 days driving from Orlando back to Washington, then fly home.
This is a link to the possible route - http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sadd...,46.538086&z=5
What do you guys who know the area better think?
IMO, I wouldn't consider MO, OH, TN or LA or any place in TX as the Southeast. I think of the Southeast as being any state below Maryland on the coast. To me, MO and OH are in the midwest; TN and LA are in the South, and TX is - Texas. I guess it is the Southwest, but it is so big it contains a little of various parts and that makes it unique and interesting. Anyway, as I said, IMO.
I grew up in the Northeast but have travelled to the Southeast and the South as well as lots of other places in the US. So, if you start off in DC, I would try to spend as much time there as possible. The Smithsonian is so big - you cannot possibly see all of it in one day. Think of seeing the Victoria and Albert museum and the British Museum in one day.
Virginia is lovely, with pretty beaches and at least two famous places in American history - Williamsburg, which recreates a colonial village and Fredericksburg where a famous Civil War battle was fought.
We went to visit my brother when he lived in NC, so all I saw of it was the Greensboro area but there are pretty beaches in NC, too.
Since Nikki is in Memphis, where I have never been but always wanted to go, I would go from NC to Memphis for a day or two (remember, you have a tour guide who is a cat lover!)
I have been to Atlanta, but it was when DH was there on business and Jenny was still in a stroller, so I probably didn't see enough of the sights of this pretty city.
I lived in FL for 4 months. There is Orlando with all sorts of attractions besides just DisneyWorld. The Tampa/St. Petersburg area is pretty (lived there). There is a Ringling Brothers museum in Bradenton (near). I have never been to Miami or the Everglades but I always wanted to see both.
I would drive to AL. Montgomery is a city rich in history of the South. Then head for LA and...
New Orleans! Spend maybe a little more time there than you think you should. It is a unique city with 2 different cultural heritages. The French Quarter is fantastic and some of the best chefs in the world are in New Orleans. Commander's Palace in the Garden district is awesome. Another interesting place is the Catholic cemetary. Trust me on this one. And the Mississippi River is there.
You can drive to TX from LA but I do not know exactly what that route would be and it depends on where you want to go. I have been to both Dallas and Houston and they both are interesting. When I go back to TX, I want to see Austin and San Antonio.
Okay, so here are my IMO recommendations for a fly-drive trip. Fly into DC and go south, stopping wherever you want in VA, NC - side trip to TN - SC, GA and FL. Next drive to AL and LA. Take a flight or drive to TX. Fly out of TX back to CA.
Reserve OH and MO for a trip that you make to the midwest and includes MI, IL, IN etc.
As you can tell, I love to travel but I am not opinionated at all.