Article Originally Appear in South Magazine.
With so many great destinations in the South, sometimes we forget about how we get there. Here is a list of 4 great roads and drives waiting to be discovered.
Summer is halfway gone, but its not too late to take a road trip to your favorite southern hotspots. Pack up your car for some family fun or try vacationing in style with Camping World's large selection of RVs to transport you through beautiful scenic routes and charming towns that will fill your summer with captivating memories, proving that sometimes it isn't about the destination, but the journey that gets you there.
1. Explore the Carolina Lowcountry - Savannah to Charleston
Lined with oak trees draped in Spanish moss, a stretch of land from Savannah to Charleston evokes a sense of romanticism as you drive through the lowcountry. Along the way, small cities such as Bluffton and Beaufort and Edisto Island enchant visitors with their southern charm. Beautiful historic homes and buildings frame along downtown squares, each having a story waiting to be told. With activities such as fishing, sailing, hunting and golfing, take a few hours to pursue one of your favorite hobbies. Or you can check out local artisan shops planted all over the region. Don't leave the lowcountry without getting some good seafood. Try some shrimp and grits or locally caught oysters, some of the regions more popular choices. Rich in cultural, historical and recreational opportunities, driving through the lowcountry is the perfect way to spend a summer weekend.
For more information on activities and events in South Carolina's lowcountry, check out their website.
2. Great Smoky Mountains
What better way to celebrate the National Parks Service Centennial than visiting one of the most popular parks? With over 9 million visitors a year. the unmatched beauty of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSM) is no secret. As the GSM hurdle between Tennessee and North Carolina, a road-trip is the perfect way to explore all the sites this park has to offer. Try hiking part of the Appalachian Trail, or discover a new waterfall.White-water rafting on the Nantahala River or zip-lining through the forest are perfect if you're wanting an adrenaline rush. Whatever adventure you're seeking, weave your way through the Great Smoky Mountains and you're sure to find it.
Check out the National Park Service website for more information on the diversity of life found throughout the park.
3. Georgia's Antebellum Trail
Perfect for a weekend road trip, the Antebellum Trail runs from Macon to Athens, giving a glimpse into the Old South's rich history. This 100 mile self-guided tour allows travelers to plan their own itinerary through seven historic communities that escaped Sherman's burning march through Georgia. Visitors can check out must-see places, such as the Macon's Museum of Arts and Sciences or famous author Flannery O'Connor's family farm, Andalusia, in Milledgeville or Athens' State Botanical Gardens just to name a few. With so many options of dining, shopping and history, the Antebellum Trail is sure to excite anyone.
For more information on attractions and history of the Antebellum Trail, check out their website.
4. Scenic Route from Jacksonville to Daytona - A1A Coastal Byway
The A1A Scenic and Coastal Byway is a 72-mile segment of historic Florida state road that hugs the coast, making the Atlantic Ocean the main attraction. Travelers should take advantage of the recreational adventures and historical sites that take you back before the birth of our country. Fort Matanzas National Monument is sure to impress any history buff, while Marineland Dolphin Conservation Center offers "touch and feel" programs that any animal-lover is sure to enjoy. Don't forget to check out the Fountain of Youth! With so many activities awaiting around every corner, the real treasure A1A is the natural beauty of the route, surrounded by creative communities filled each with rich history.
For more information about A1A Scenic and Coastal Byway, check out this website.