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Top 3 RV Travel Routes In The Southeast

 Travel Route #1: Georgia’s Pristine Coast

Overview:

For 120 miles, from serene Savannah to the St. Mary’s River at the Florida border, nearly half a million acres of

Here the Marshes of Glynn surround you, stretching from one horizon to the other.

salt marsh define Georgia’s Atlantic Seaboard.  This coast, however, is not a place that surrenders easily to a straightforward drive; there’s always another side trip to take and another jaunt onto an island causeway or down an alluring byway.

 

  • Trip Length: Roughly 170 miles, plus side trips
  • Best Time To Go: Year round.
  • What To Watch Out For: The number of daily visitors to Cumberland Island is limited, so phone ahead for information and to make reservations.
  • Must See Nearby Attractions:
    –>Hilton Head Island – SC (via Rte. 278 north of
    –>Savannah
    –>Okefenokee Swamp Park (near Waycross)
    –>Mary Miller Doll Museum (Brunswick)

 

The best way to see and experience Savannah is through the Old Town Trolley Tours, which operate daily and pass through Savannah’s beautiful Historic District, the largest national historic landmark district in the U.S. Stop in to Alligator Soul for the peach cobbler cheesecake—a slice of Southern cuisine heaven. Or dine on the Savannah River–before you cross over it.

If you’re near the Jekyll Island area in late September, you’re in for a treat when the annual Shrimp and Grits Festival runs from September 19 through 21. Enjoy a cook-off, shrimp boat tours and sampling one of
the South’s most famous dishes. If you’re not visiting in September, there’s still so much to see and do, including a morning visit to Café Solterra for a delectable cinnamon bun. Walk out on the Historic Wharf in the Landmark District for a seafood splurge at Latitude 31.

Once you’ve arrived in St. Simon’s, walk out on the fishing pier to see what the locals have caught for the day. Golf enthusiasts should schedule a tee time at the King and Prince beach and golf resort.

 

What To See Along The Way:

Savannah: Known for its manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and ornate antebellum architecture. Its cobblestone historic district is filled with squares and parks like Forsyth Park, shaded by magnolia blossoms and oak trees covered with Spanish moss.

Tybee Island: A small barrier island with a three-mile-long Atlantic Ocean beach that’s backed by sea oat-covered sand dunes.

Fort McAllister State Historic Park: This scenic park showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy.

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge: Consists of 2,762 acres of saltwater marsh, grassland, mixed deciduous woods, and cropland located on an abandoned military airfield.

Altamaha Historic Byway: Displays a collage of history; from Guale Indians and 16th and 17th century Spanish missionaries to the pre-colonial occupation of Fort King George.

Marshes of Glynn: A fine vantage point for viewing some of the vast and beautiful marshlands and river networks that flank Brunswick and much of coastal Georgia.

St. Simons Island: Enveloped by expansive beaches, moss-draped oaks, and salt marshes, the island is part of the Golden Isles chain near Brunswick, is a nearly 18 square mile island.

Jekyll Island: The smallest of Georgia’s barrier islands, Jekyll has a rich history that
reaches back centuries.

Cumberland Island National Seashore: Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature.

 

Travel Route #2: Gulf Coast Drive

Overview:

Not quite the Deep South, yet a far cry from the resort meccas of the Florida Peninsula, the state’s panhandle is a haven for migrating shorebirds, drowsy alligators, and folks who’d rather enjoy an Apalachicola oyster than a night on the town.

St. Marks National Wildlife Area: From observation decks overlooking dense woods and swampland, visitors can plumage and listen to the voices of bright yellow warblers and over 200 species of birds.

 

  • Trip Length: Roughly 230 miles
  • Best Time To Go: March-October
  • Must See Nearby Attractions:
    –>Deep-Sea Fishing Rodeo – Destin, FL (October)
    –>Florida Caverns State Park (near Marianna, FL)
    –>Torreya State Park (near Greensboro, FL)
    –>City of Pensacola

Built in 1933, this rural length of Highway 98 in the Panhandle winds
travelers through the heart of old Florida and for the bulk of the scenic
60-mile run hugs the Gulf of Mexico. Dubbed the “Forgotten Coast” by
locals—it was left off the tourist maps back in the nineties—this quiet
stretch managed to avoid the Sunshine State condo craze.
Just off FL-363, south of Tallahassee, take a right onto Bloxham Cutoff Road and follow signs to the park. Home to one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, the park offers glass bottom boat tours, and in warmer months, you can swim with the manatees or cannonball off the dive platform into the crystal clear waters.
Though 98 sticks close to the shoreline there isn’t a wealth of beach access along the route. Dip your toes into the Gulf via this sleepy strip of sand about a mile and a half from downtown Carabelle. Pack a lunch and catch some shade at the retro-1950’s beach-side picnic pavilion.

What To See Along The Way:

St. Andrews State Park: Well-known for its sugar white sands and emerald green waters,
this former military reservation has over one-and-a-half miles of beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park: Has miles of white sand beaches, striking dune formations, a heavily forested interior, and a favorable climate for year-round outdoor recreation.
Apalachicola: A charming fishing town, maybe a little more Cape Cod than Deep South, Apalachicola offers terrific seafood, and lovely waterfront parks.

 

St. George Island State Park: The park has Nine miles of undeveloped beaches and dunes, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico.
Ochlockonee River State Park: Pine flatwoods, grass ponds, bayheads, and oak thickets
are home for deer, fox squirrel, bobcat, gray fox and many species of birds.
Apalachicola National Forest: The largest forest in Florida, with an abundance of fresh
water streams, rivers, lakes, and natural springs.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge: Established in 1931 as a wintering ground for migratory birds.

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park: Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world.

Lake Talquin State Park: Nestled on the bluffs overlooking Lake Talquin’s southern shore, Lake Talquin State Park offers outdoor activities for all ages.

 

Travel Route #2: Overseas Highway

Overview:

Island-hopping to land’s end, this one of-a-kind highway offers the promise of radiant seascapes, exotic underwater worlds, and animals found nowhere else in America.

 

Just a short drive from Miami, Key West offers a tropical blend of azure waters and tropical foliage.
  • Trip Length: Roughly 127 miles, with mile markers (road side signs) located at one-mile intervals, beginning with mile marker 0 in Key West and ending near Florida City.
  • Best Time To Go: Year round
  • What To Watch Out For: The official Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June through November, with the traditional peak storm potential in September.
  • Must See Nearby Attractions:
    –>Biscayne National Park (headquarters at Homestead)
    –>Dry Tortugas National Park (68 miles west of Key West)

 

Key Largo calls itself the dive capital of the world. It’s home to the 70-square-mile John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (MM 102.5). The park has a visitors center and beach, a good place to hone your snorkeling skills before boarding a dive boat. The best undersea attraction of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is the wreck
of the Spiegel Grove, a 510-foot retired Navy ship sunk as an artificial reef in 2002 and now resting 130 feet underwater near Dixie Shoal.
The village of Islamorada actually comprises six tiny islands, so give yourself time to explore. It’s known as the sport-fishing capital of the world, so it’s no wonder the seafood restaurants are as good as they are—in fact, they’re destinations in their own right.
Key West, the southernmost town in the United States has always drawn the creative and kooky. Everyone from Jimmy Buffett to Tennessee Williams to Judy Blume has called it home, and it was even the site of President Truman’s Winter White House. Then there’s Hemingway, whose house is now a museum.

 

What To See Along The Way:

North Key Largo: Includes two private clubs, the Ocean Reef Club and the Key Largo
Anglers Club and is reached from the mainland via the Card Sound Bridge.
Key Largo: Visitors can enjoy Key Largo’s ties to the sea including scuba diving, snorkeling, an underwater hotel, sport fishing, eco-tours, and beaches.
Islamorada: The four islands of Islamorada offer numerous tranquil spots to relax under the sun’s glorious golden rays. Enjoy a beachfront cocktail, sunset cruise or spend the day shopping at one of the areas unique shops or galleries. Once you are relaxed, the finest in dining awaits to satisfy the tastes of every member of your family.

Long Key State Park: Located in the middle keys at mile-marker 67.5, this island was once the site of Henry Flagler’s Long Key Fishing Camp.

Marathon: The island community of Marathon in the Florida Keys is a tropical getaway for your whole family. It maintains a retro, nautical atmosphere with family-friendly festivals and attractions.
Bahia Honda State Park: Noted as one of the best beaches in South Florida. It is located along both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Popular activities include snorkeling, swimming, and fishing. Camping, cabins, and 2 exceptional boat ramps.

National Key Deer Refuge: The Refuge is located in the lower Florida Keys and currently consists of approximately 9,200 acres of land that includes pine rockland forests, tropical hardwood hammocks, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh wetlands, and mangrove forests.
Key West: It’s known more for its coral reefs – destinations for diving and snorkeling – than
for its beaches.

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