Visit the South of The US - Part 1: Georgia and Florida
Planning your trip in advance is strongly recommended in this post-Covid pandemic world we are living in. You will have time to choose itineraries that guarantee your safety, check the restrictions and rules in place in each state you are going to visit, consider the different lodging options offered that meet your comfort and personal needs.
Why You should visit the South
The South of the United States is famous for its slow pace, for its beautiful landscapes, for its history, and not least for its cuisine that offers delicious food.
Cities like Nashville, Houston, Memphis, and New Orleans, all synonymous with music and history, certainly offer fun and attract visitors all year round, but there are other realities, small towns, and villages that surely know how to enthrall and will leave you with indelible memories.
Georgia: What to expect and which cities to stop in
In a complete itinerary of the South there will certainly be Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana (considered the homeland of the Blues), Texas, sunny Florida, and Georgia, not to forget also Virginia and the Caroline - North & South. In each of these states, there are a few small towns that truly offer beauty and adventure.
Starting from Georgia we stop in the Blue Ridge region, located not far from the city of Atlanta, about 1 hour and a half by car. Once you arrive, take some time to get to know the quaint center, with its small shops, breweries, and restaurants, but if what you are looking for is to be immersed in nature then visit Chattahoochee National Forest, and if you arrive during the apple season take part in one of the many harvests and apple picking outings. Do you love sipping a good glass of wine? Well, you have as many as 40 independent wineries in North Georgia offering tastings and live music. One day may not be enough to explore the region, if you want to stop for the night, there are cozy bed-and-breakfasts and lodges where you can relax after a full day of adventures.
What else to visit in Georgia
Senoia: the mecca for those who follow the Walking Dead TV series, but the town also offers museums, gardens, and lots of nature. Newnan: this town knows how to captivate you with its typical southern charm and antebellum architecture. Jekyll Island: one of the most beautiful islands off the east coast of Georgia.
Florida: Marathon Keys - Perdido Key - St. Augustine
Those who visit Florida usually do not miss Orlando and its Theme Parks, but not far from the popular Disney capital, you find St. Augustine, the oldest city in the continental United States. The first settlement dates back to 1565. A visit to the Castillo de San Marcos and a walk through the narrow streets of the center is a must. The whole area offers lots of things to do, read one of our itineraries: Florida East Coastto find out more..
South Florida is home to the wonderful The Keys Islands. The most known is Key West but between Miami and Key West, you should stop at Marathon. Marathon is a collection of smaller islands (keys) with sandy beaches and mangroves. For those who love water sports, it offers a myriad of them, including rowing, fishing, jet-skiing, paddle-boarding, and kayaking. At the Dolphin Research Center, you can swim with dolphins, visit Aquarium Encounters and Turtle Hospital, and Curry Hammock State Park.
Traveling from Florida to Alabama along the Gulf Coast, you will find many reasons to stop along the way. Some of these places will leave you mesmerized. In our Explore section, you can read about Clearwater and the Gulf Beaches-- these are considered amongst the top-10 beaches in the US.
But before leaving Florida, stop at Perdido Key ... a truly unique experience, especially if you want to feel like you are "lost" in the middle of the ocean. Until last year at Johnson's Beach, you could camp directly on the beach, it was free and you just had to pay the entrance to the park, it is truly a remote experience, ideal for those who have camping experience without the frills of bathrooms or water current and light. Watch the video!
Keep following us for next destinations! We will go to Alabama and Louisiana and Texas.