Travel Nut here…
Mr TTR & I are semi-retired, we travel quite a bit. We’ve seen a lot of the US South in the last 5 years (currently a focus for us).
Two weeks is a good amount of time and if you are driving you can cover a lot of territory.
Favourites… Raleigh NC – Myrtle Beach SC (cause we love the beach) – Georgetown SC (on the way to Charleston) – Charleston SC (historic & do make a plan to see the Plantations) – Savannah GA – St Augustine Florida.
Also… Nashville – Memphis – the Mississippi Delta (if you love The Blues) – and New Orleans.
The latter list here was our Pre-Wedding Trip last year… we spent 2 weeks in this part of the country. And loved it. We focussed tho primarily on Music… Country – Country Blues – Memphis Soul – Rock n Roll – The Blues – Jazz – and Zydeco. It was an awesome trip !!
With your particular interests… I’d suggest that you look at my first list. That concentrates on NC & SC. There is some great Civil War History in those parts, and GORGEOUS Scenery, Warm People etc.
We have been to this area many times… we focus on different things every trip…
One year we concentrated 2 weeks on just Raleigh thru to Savannah and had a marvellous time… we very much love the “Low Country” of SC & Georgia.
Resources you should start with no matter WHERE you go would be:
A good online map… I use Google Maps, it is easy to use, and I keep it open in a window alongside when I am browsing the Internet, then I can use it to refer to find things, plan a route etc.
Wikipedia… a great resource for early days when you are just browsing. You can find tons of great stuff on Wikipedia and easy to click around, explore, find inspiration
Official Tourism Websites… every Town, City, Region, State has them now
TripAdvisor… the best online resource for Trip Planning. I don’t plan anything anymore without checking in with TA. They have Travel Guides, Reviews (Accommodations, Restaurants & Attractions) and Discussion Forums where you can chat / ask questions with TA Destination Experts and Locals.
I just did a few posts for another Bee on Charleston… I’ll come back and post the link here as you might find that info helpful.
Here you go = http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/where-to-go-charleston-chicago-or-elsewhere#axzz2kfopXFuw
My replies are # 25 & # 40
Other than that, if you have any more Questions you can ask away, or send me a PM.
Hope this helps,