A road trip can lead you anywhere, but what destinations are the best if your want a taste of the outdoors? You might find yourself off the beaten path on a road trip like this, and if you do, know the rules of the road, as different states have slightly different traffic laws. Before you decide on your destination, here are some recommendations.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
The Cape Cod canal has beautiful views of ships and the town that surrounds it. Huge freighters, cruise ships and jumbo car carriers are constantly porting tourists in between Cape Cod Bay and Buzzards Bay. After you take in the views, treat yourself with a free tour of the Cape Cod Brewery. Tours are Monday through Saturday, and take about 45 minutes. Take a load off and sip a traditional lager or hoppy IPA in the brew pub. After that, visit the Cape Cod lavender farms. Twelve acres of fragrant farmland overlook Island Pond in Harwich. Finish off your day on Chatham Lighthouse Beach, or on the bluff where the lighthouse stands guard. Check here for tons of free things to do in Cape Cod.
Savannah isn’t your typical destination, but is home to many haunts and hidden treasures. The riverfront is a glimpse into Savannah’s past. Cobblestone and brick streets are lined with buildings that date back a hundred years or more. Small antique shops and quaint inns line these streets which promote pedestrian traffic. While the weather can be a bit humid for those on foot, the foodie tour offers a food lover’s way to explore Savannah. For two hours, shuttle around to the best restaurants and drinks in town. If you’re in the mood for some ghost stories, the Bonaventure Cemetery holds nighttime tours. This burial land is peppered with stunning monuments and creepy burial vaults. It overlooks the Wilmington River from a high bluff, which is quite a view even at night.
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is known for its rich history as well as its beautiful beaches. Anastasia State Park has a white sand beach, campground and trails. You can swim, fish and even rent canoes and kayaks from the Coastal Outdoor Center. Splurge a little on a scenic cruise on a sailboat for views of the town, as well as the surrounding coastal area. At the end of the day, take a ghost tour of the town for some mysterious history lessons which will lead you to old churches and overgrown cemeteries. Though after the tour you might leave the light on when you fall asleep.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston’s natural beauty is in its coastline. Folly Beach stretches for miles, and Sullivan’s Island gives you a different perspective of the area. The Magnolia Plantation and Garden is an overgrown menagerie. While Middleton Place Gardens have trimmed and meticulously maintained flower beds, Magnolia Plantations is a wild area perfect for nature lovers.
Mount Airy, North Carolina
Start at Pilot Mountain where you can scope out the area from a high vantage point. Once you have the lay of the land, visit the Round Peak Vineyard, situated in the nearby hills. If you enjoy cycling, rent bikes and cycle along the Emily B. Taylor Greenway. This greenway is a paved road that gives you an active tour of the city and area. Rent kayaks and explore the Ararat River up close. At Hanging Rock State Park, rope up and get your climb on at a premiere rock climbing location.