It's no secret -- I LOVE to travel with my family! We have embarked on many adventures over the past few years, from Georgia to California and Arizona to Montana. While each part of the country has unique travel destinations, I've opted to dedicate this article solely to the American Southeast -- if only because it's what I currently call home.
So sit back, kick up your feet and grab a tall glass of sweet tea while you start planning your family's next spring road trip!
12 Epic Family Travel Destinations In The American Southeast
- Orlando, Florida: Orlando is one of my favorite cities because of the many experiences that can be found in the area: theme parks, water parks, abundant playgrounds and state parks, and some of the best restaurants and nightlife located nearby. I especially like to visit the area in spring, before the weather gets too hot and humid to fully enjoy. If you are planning on a weeklong adventure, I highly recommend the Sonesta ES Suites in Orlando for your accommodations.
- Savannah, Georgia: Relish in this city's rich history while you take a stroll along River Street. Seafood lovers will love the many delicious options in downtown Savannah and the nearby beaches. Take a walk down the streets of this Southern city to see some of the most beautiful architecture and really old (and really cool!) graveyards. Do you have a little Girl Scout in your family? Visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace to see some of her artwork and learn more about her history.
- Chattanooga, Tennessee: This friendly city has quaint coffee shops and a large park by the Walnut Street Bridge. The children's Creative Discovery Museum and Tennessee Aquarium are among the best that I've visited. Planning an adult-only getaway? Stay at The Chattanoogan and walk over to Terminal Brewhouse for a delicious dinner, followed by dessert from The Hot Chocolatier. After an evening of dining and drinking, head over to Aretha Frankenstein's for some morning hangover pancakes.
- Anastasia State Park - St. Augustine, Florida: This private beach has some of the most interesting sea life on display. Literally. On our last visit to Anastasia State Park, we saw several creatures that had gotten stranded on the beach. Very private and quiet, you can truly relax for a beach day with your family.
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Myrtle Beach also has a nice, private feel depending on where you choose to stay. The Crown Reef Beach Resort is situated toward the South side of the beach, and provides a slower pace for people wanting to both do something and do nothing for a day or two. Broadway at the Beach is a nice little shopping and entertainment area with MagiQuest and Ripley's Aquarium on-site. Perhaps my favorite part of a visit to Myrtle Beach is how cost-efficient this area really is.
- Charlotte, North Carolina: This bustling city has lots of Southern hospitality and charm around every corner. You won't have to travel far to enjoy some of the best Southern comfort foods. Check out Discovery Place to keep your children entertained and engaged while they learn about some really neat things, and visit nearby Concord for the Great Wolf Lodge, which is a family travel destination in itself.
- Nashville, Tennessee: Walk in the steps of country music royalty in Nashville. The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is located right next to the Grand Ole Opry -- and a shopping mall! -- and this beautiful hotel even has some nice on-site dining and entertainment options for the whole family to enjoy.
- Atlanta, Georgia: This is the city that I currently call home, and while I love how welcoming and laid-back this city feels, what I love most about Atlanta is that each neighborhood and suburb is unique. Some of my favorite dining options are in Decatur, while the best entertainment and attractions are nestled right in the heart of the city. As an Atlanta mom blogger, I like to stay current with what's happening in our great city, and I cannot wait to share more with you this Spring!
- Asheville, North Carolina: The gentle hills and beautiful scenery of Asheville make it a delight to drive through, but it's the awesome locals that make this city a great place to visit. This town is hip and interesting, while still being a lovely little escape for families. The Biltmore Estate is absolutely gorgeous, and offers many special events year-round.
- Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: Stay right outside the bold city of Miami for a more upscale feel. The beaches at Ft. Lauderdale are perfect for active families, but not the most relaxing beaches to visit. There are plenty of picnic tables, playgrounds, and sidewalks to rollerbade for the active family to enjoy in Ft. Lauderdale, and if you want to spend time learning with your children, visit one of the many wonderful museums and gardens in the area.
- Charleston, South Carolina: Charleston is one of my favorite places to visit, as it is another Southern city perfect for those looking to enjoy a slower pace on vacation. Take a carriage ride through the city to see beautiful and historic buildings. Travel to the nearby beaches, like Isle of Palms and Mt. Pleasant, for a very quiet and peaceful beach experience.
- Walt Disney World: I could have included Walt Disney World in the Orlando section, but I think this family travel destination can really stand on its own. Home to a wide assortment of resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, and the bustling Downtown Disney area, Walt Disney World Resort has something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Do you have a favorite Southeast family travel destination? What would you add to this list?