As part of Qtrip’s series of road trips around the country, we’d like to encourage people to explore cool destinations close to home. Here’s our dream driving trip that takes in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida’s best beaches and sights.
Wilmington, North Carolina
Most people don’t know this, but Wilmington’s picturesque and charming vibe make it one of the most popular filming locations in the entire country. It’s utterly instagrammable from top to bottom, and chock full of quaint shops, relaxing beaches and interesting places for a stroll. Frankly, Wilmington is an ideal spot to start or finish a romantic or family-friendly road trip.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Just an hour and a half down the road from Wilmington, Myrtle Beach has been a premier and classic beach destination for decades. The weather in Myrtle Beach is warm in the summer, but not unbearable (average temperature of 90 degrees), and you’ll find that this stop on the “Grand Strand” caters nicely to families and friends alike. There are beachfront accommodation options from budget motel to 5-star luxury, and there’s also a booming vacation rental scene.
Charleston, South Carolina
Continuing down the coast, you might consider a stop in stately and quirky, Charleston, South Carolina. The port city, founded in 1670, is known for its cobblestone streets, colorful homes, and vibrant French Quarter. You can get swept away by history or caught up in Charleston’s vibrant nightlife. Or do both! Why not? Charleston will steal your heart.
If you thought you were stepping back in time in Charleston, wait until you get a taste of Savannah! There’s something a bit gothic and mysterious about Savannah – you’ll discover it’s something of a city of ghosts. The oldest city in Georgia is said to be the most haunted city in America, so you should definitely try to take one of the town’s hilarious and bone-chilling “ghost tours” at night. Take in the beautiful architecture and chill on the cozy island town of Tybee while you’re there.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Jekyll Island is the southernmost island in Georgia’s Golden Isles and is filled with many, incredible things to do. There are more than 10 miles of beaches and more than 60% of the island has been reserved for coastal preservation and cannot be developed at all. This makes Jekyll a restful and relaxing place to return to nature.
Coming off a relaxing visit to Jekyll Island, you might be in the mood for the first real city in this itinerary. Miami’s culture is vibrant, varied and epitomizes the melting pot that is America. The Cuban community makes for a delicious dining scene, while South Beach is the place for people watching and sunbathing. Don’t forget to check out the Art Deco architecture on Ocean Drive Even though Miami is a big, cosmopolitan city, a lot of the town’s best attractions are absolutely free, which makes it one of our best value destinations on the list.
Key West, Florida
The southernmost point in Florida, is an island accessible from the mainland by the legendary 2-lane Overseas Highway. It’s long been known for its beaches, colorful architecture and colorful residents which have included Jimmy Buffet, Harry Truman, and perhaps most famously, Ernest Hemingway. Key West is laid back, a little rough around the edges and always a good time.
California more your speed? Check out our road trip post on the other coast!