Starting in/Ending in: Atlanta, Georgia
Total driving distance approximately 954 miles
Approximately the size of Continental Europe, the Southern United States offers virtually any kind of holiday experience desired – from beaches to mountains; active to leisure; big cities to small towns – in any season. There are national and state parks to hike and camp, wild and scenic rivers to raft on; scenic byways for leisurely drives and state highways for those who want to get off the beaten path. Start and end your trip in Atlanta, the vanguard of the New South, with the charm and elegance of the Old – a city that balances southern traditions with sleek modernism. Continue to Tennessee and North Carolina, Home to the highest mountains in eastern North America, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the vibrant mountain towns of Asheville and Boone. Further on the Piedmond region includes Charlotte, the South’s finance center and the home of NASCAR, full of old-time Southern charm and world-class barbecue. North Carolina, in many ways, represents the very best of both the New South and old Dixie. Booming, diverse cities lie just “down the road” from quiet Southern towns where not much has changed since the Civil War. South Carolina, together with North Carolina forms a region historically known as The Carolinas. Though smaller in population than North Carolina, South Carolina boasts a rich historical legacy. This is particularly evident in Charleston, which was an important port in the colonial and post-colonial eras of the United States as well as the site of the onset of the Civil War. Along the Eastern Atlantic Coast of South Carolina are several popular tourist destinations. The most well-known area is called The Grand Strand and comprises 60 miles of mostly beachfront property. The Strand runs south from the North and South Carolina border through the towns of Little River, Atlantic Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach and Garden City (in Horry County), down Hwy. 17 south through Georgetown County including Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, and Pawleys Island. For more Southern charm continue to Savannah, GA, one of the few major cities in the South with antebellum charm and architecture remaining intact. It has one of the largest historic districts in the country!
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Myrtle Beach