Road trips are a lot like parenting. It’s not as much about the destination as it is the journey, and as parents, we know the journey can be pretty amazing—especially if it’s one filled with the blues, beaches, and your babes in the backseat! Keep reading for inspiration on five fab routes through the South that’ll have you all whistling Dixie.

The Shag Trail: Charleston to St. Simon’s Island (Sc and Ga)

Different shag, y'all. We're talking about the fancy footwork that's required knowledge of every respectable southerner, and especially along the coastal Carolinas and Georgia. Cruise this route for Spanish moss-draped live oaks and a taste of happiness (aka shrimp and grits).

What to See: In Charleston, take a stroll along the mansions of The Battery, then change your perspective and see the fair city by boat from the Charleston Harbor. Boone Hall Plantation, with its colonnade of live oaks and perfectly preserved farm, won't disappoint, and a tour of Fort Sumter, where the Civil War erupted, will satisfy your history requirement. Head south towards Georgia and Driftwood Beach in Jekyll Island (don't pass up a trip to The Georgia Sea Turtle Center while you're there), Fort Pulaski (go on a Saturday to watch them fire the cannons), and the gracious Forsyth Park (complete with a knock out children's playground) in Savannah. In St. Simon's, make a trip to the Village Pier. You'll be glad you did.

Good to Know: This stretch of land is ripe with year-round festivals and events (like the Cooper River Bridge Run). Plan your trip to hit (or miss) whichever strikes your fancy.

Where to Eat: There's no shortage of mouth-watering stops along this route, but we recommend Vickery's in Shem Creek, The Pirate's House in Savannah, Southern Soul BBQ and Brogens in St. Simon's.

Where to Stay: Enjoy Sea Island amenities while staying at the more affordable Inn at Sea Island (in St. Simon's), or try The King and Prince in St. Simon's, Jekyll Island Club, and The Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah.

Photo: mogollon_1 via Flickr 


What’s your favorite route through the South? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey