The American Southeast is home to a few pretty amazing roadside attractions and natural wonders...as well as some of the best food in the country.
ROAD TRIP TIP: The best time for a road trip in the south is March through May when you want to avoid crowds and enjoy weather that's not too hot and not too cold. Summer is crowded and can get very hot. And from August to November you could encounter hurricanes. December to February the weather can be snowy in the northern part of the trip, and chilly in the South.
TIP: Grab a drink at Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, then hit up the Old Absinthe House, and order a hurricane from Pat O'Brien's.
101 Reserve St, Hot Springs, AR, US
TIP: The warm, "healing" waters cost about $30 for a relaxing soak.
12968 Highway 62 W, Eureka Springs, AR, US
Amazing photo op!
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN, US
TIP: Visit Beale Street for live music and BBQ; tour Graceland, and pay your respects to the King at his grave.
1 Mammoth Cave Pkwy, Brownsville, KY, US
This is the world's largest cave system!
1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA, US
Fun, kitschy stop. Great photo ops!
107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN, US
TIP: exploring the abandoned ghost-town resort of Elkmont; drive around Cades Cove, and hike up to Clingmans Dome.
Little River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN, US
Elkmont Historic District is an awesome abandoned resort town, and it's super accessible from a paved road, and the Appalachian Clubhouse parking lot.
1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC, US
TIP: This is a bit pricey, $50-60 but it's totally worth it. You can explore the entire estate and massive gardens. You'll want to spend at least a few hours here to get the full experience.
3655 Hwy 211 East, Luray, VA, US
TIP: Hike Stony Man and Old Rag, and plan to spend time exploring the cute towns around the park, and Luray Caverns.
East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, US
TIP: If you only have a couple hours in DC, hit up the National Mall, it's the best place to see all the iconic monuments and memorials.
101 Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, VA, US
TIP: You can walk around without paying for admission, but a ticket allows you access to the shops, reenactments, demonstrations, and exhibits.
Bodie Island Lighthouse Rd, Nags Head, NC, US
Classic North Carolina.
102 W Hall St, Savannah, GA, US
TIP: Forsyth Park is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. Also, downtown Savannah has an open container policy, which makes the walking ghost tours at night infinitely more fun.
26701 FL-40, Silver Springs, FL, US
TIP: Rent an inner tube and relax for an afternoon.
40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL, US
TIP: Boat tours are awesome here!
TIP: Once you get to Key West take a picture at the Southernmost Point buoy, and then hit up Sloppy Joe's for a daiquiri.