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.

Virginia Proper: Shenandoah to Colonial Williamsburg (Va)

From the breathtaking scenery of the Shenandoah Valley to the history rich exhibits through the cradle of the Revolutionary War, this trek through Old Virginia is a bucket-list for every family looking to sip from the ladle of Americana.

What to See: If it's nature you want, then it's nature you'll have. Take the legendary (and remote) Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park for sweeping vistas that haven't changed since Benjamin Franklin's last visit. Find colonial life reenacted and Revolutionary War exhibits at Jamestown, Yorktown, and Colonial Williamsburg. Check under the hood (of the earth, that is) at the Grand Caverns Park near Staunton for a little deep-dive into the region.

Good to Know: The National Park Service offers educational tours suited for all age levels at many of their historic sites and battlefields. Check your itinerary against their events calendar before you go to make sure you don't miss out on any fun.

Where to Eat: Go old English style with a visit to the DoG Street Pub in Williamsburg, and a little back roading is required for a trip to Klines Dairy Bar Ice Cream, but so worth it.

Where to Stay: Why find something in town when you can stay in the Shenandoah National Park at the Big Meadows Lodge, at the historic Williamsburg Inn, or in the true countryside with a farm stay near Charlottesville or Jamestown?

Photo: Mobilus in Mobili via Flickr 


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

—Shelley Massey