(Closed) Traveling through South by car…

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
2559 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Savannah is a fun place to visit in GA, I hear Charleston is nice in SC (I have never been – didn’t love Hilton Head), and Birmingham or Gulf Shores and New Orleans are good choices in AL and NO. What time of the year are you going?

Post # 5
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Pensacola!!!!!!!!!!! FL πŸ™‚ or at least go to the Florabama bar πŸ™‚ its a bit off I-10 but not too far πŸ™‚ 

If you do choose P’cola… I’ll give you a list of restaruants and places you HAVE to go to πŸ™‚

Post # 7
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

MS and AL, meh.  If you must, go gamble in Biloxi.


GA – Atlanta (metro area has aquarium and baseball), Savannah (romantic)


SC – Charleston (romantic), Myrtle Beach (nice and family friendly), Hilton Head Island (expensive, posh resort town)


LA – New Orleans (party central and romantic)


Post # 8
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Lots of stuff to do!!! πŸ™‚


If you like aviation and historical stuff there’s NAS Pensacola. There’s the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola Lighthouse, and Fort Barrancas (cool fort ruins you get to walk around!!!). If you go there and want a small lunch there’s a BBQ truck(cash only) by the pier and the lighthouse, that is if it’s still there. And there’s a great Gyro shop, Hip Pocket Deli, just outside the main gate, on Barrancas Ave (I believe this is also cash only).


Pensacola Beach, of course. The Gulf Islands National Seashore (from FL to MS). Ft. Pickens is another old fort you can go look at over by Pensacola beach (Santa Rosa Island). I liked the seashore over in Perdido Key. Great beach (I like better than Pensacola Beach) and is close to the Alabama border, where I mentioned Florabama. Florabama is very… unique, but I think it’s always a fun place to go and have fun, just watch out for the rednecks! lmao. Oh and with the park, you can camp at some of them. 


Places to eat in Pensacola… Flounders, Fish House, and McGuires.
At Flounders and McGuires, you have to get their special drinks… Diesel Fuel and The Irish Wake. Friggen delicious drinks… but BE CAREFUL, they hit you hard! Fish house is more expensive but still tasty. At McGuires you can also write on a dollar bill (be sure to bring this and a sharpie) and have it stapled onto the cieling or behind the bar. The whole place is COVERED in dollar bills. 


If you venture into Alabama… Orange beach is really neat. The Hang Out is a good place to go. There is an outlet mall in Foley (just north of I-10) and there is another REALLY GOOD restaurant called. Lamberts. Freaking amazing home comfort food. Plus they go around the restaurant throwing hot rolls at you (they’ll hand it to you if you don’t want to catch) and have applebutter and molasses to go with. They go around with side dishes too that are free and you can eat as much as you want. LOVE that place.


Finally if you do go to Pensacola beach… there is now an observation wheel!


There are a lot of places that are neat in downtown. There are also historic areas and such along with a lot of really nice bars… So yea lots and lots of stuff to do!!!! 


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Post # 10
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Aquaria:  Yes the beaches on the Gulf Coast ROCK!!! I love them. Great water, powdery white sand. I’m still in the panhandle… just not near the beach anymore… so I miss it A LOT.

Post # 11
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @Aquaria:  

A week to cover this amount of territory IMO isn’t long enough.

We did a similar trip as our Pre-Wedding trip before our Wedding (in The Keys) over the Christmas Holidays.

We came from Canada, and made our way to Myrtle Beach (aprox 1600 Kms = 1000 Miles = 16 Hours Driving Time).  We drive south often… (couple of times a year) and do it in 2 or 3 Days depending on when we can get away from home… either 11 & 6 Hours… OR 5-8-3 Hours.  As Myrtle Beach is off of I-95 by a distance… it would be only slightly longer (100 Miles / 1 Hour) if we were to just stick to the Interstate and make it to Charleston, SC

For yourself…

New Jersey to Myrtle Beach SC is going to be aprox 650 Miles and aprox 10-1/4 Hours of Driving Time… and that isn’t gonna account for traffic, which you are most likely gonna get into as your route will take you down I-95 past some of America’s largest cities (New York – Philly – Baltimore – Washington).

Myrtle Beach is lovely… a place that Mr TTR and I have enjoyed often over the years… nice beaches, good hotels, great assortments of restaurants & things to do.

South Carolina’s Low Country is very pretty… take Hwy 17 south onto Georgetown (one of the USA’s most historic towns… and a place that wasn’t burnt to the ground bySherman at the end of the Civil War). Georgetown is aprox 1 hour south of MB, and halfway to Charleston.

Charleston is very pretty… and historic.  You might want to consider a horse-drawn carriage tour, a good way to get an overview of the city if you’ve never been before.  Be sure to take time to discover the Plantations in the area (Ashley River area).  Drayton Hall is iconic… Boone Hall for Black history… and Magnolia & Middleton for the incredible grounds / gardens.

Atlanta GA is aprox 320 Miles (4:45 Hours) to the west. Birmingham AL another 150 Miles (2:20 Hours)

From there I’d head northwest up to Memphis to check out Beale Street and the Memphis Music Scene 240 Miles (3:45 Hours).  Enroute you’ll go thru Tupelo, MS birthplace of Elvis !!

Memphis TN sits at the top of The Delta… so the Gateway to Mississippi.  So many great places to see in Mississippi… Hwy 61 – Clarksdale – Indianola – Vicksburg – Natchez.. especially if you are music fan (Blues in particular… check out the Blues Trail).  We also enjoyed the Civil War Battleground in Vicksburg. Memphis to New Orleans via this more scenic route is aprox 481 Miles (8:45 Hours)… but you’ll want to plan a night or two along the way (maybe Clarksdale and Vicksburg)

New Orleans LA has tons to see and do (start by taking a city tour).  You will want to spend a couple of days / nights there.

New Orleans to Jacksonville, FL is aprox 550 Miles (8:15 Hours), with a slight detour off of I-10 (recommended).  Sick to the Gulf of Mississippi from New Orleans thru to Biloxi… then hop on the I-10.

Jacksonville to Savannah GA is aprox 140 Miles (2:00 Hours) driving time. Savannah is gorgeous… one of our favourite Southern Cities.

Savannah back to Newark, NJ is aprox 800 Miles (12 Hours) driving time

Check out GOOGLE MAPS… a great way to plan out a route when organizing a road trip.

(EDIT – Hate it when GOOGLE MAPS links don’t work).  Anyhow…

In our case…

Out of Myrtle Beach… in Day One we drove to Birmingham, AL

Day Two we made it to Memphis (with a required stop in Tupelo).  Stayed 2 Nights in Memphis.

Day Three & Four we spent in Clarksdale… and checking out the local Blues scene (the primary focus of our trip to Mississippi)

Day Five we overnighted in Vicksburg.  And Day Six in Natchez, MS.

Days Seven & Eight in New Orleans.

Day Nine in Pensacola, FL (agree with the others who mentioned Orange Beach… we thought it lovely).

Then we headed south futher into Florida towards our Wedding in The Keys and Honeymoon Caribbean Cruise.

On the way back to Canada we overnighted in Savannah (having left Miami in the am).

In your case, you could make Savannah easily from the Florida Panhandle, and get to enjoy Savannah’s charms in the daytime and evening. Savannahis one of those cities I’d certainly say look at spending as a minimum 2 full days in (tons to see and do… again be sure and do the Trolley Tour)

If you try to do all this in one week you’ll be very very busy (rushed) and zonked tired by the end.  So I suggest you either get more time (10 days to 2 weeks) or cut out some of the land-plan (personally if you opt to do Mississippi, you might want to do the whole State in one trip to truly immerse yourself in the culture, environment, history etc…Memphis to New Orleans really can be its own vacation… I know we are planning to go back just to do that again).

Hope this helps,

PS… Send me a WBee PM (Personal Message)… and I can give you tons of great info.  Our Pre-Wedding Trip was a Trip of a Lifetime for sure… we LOVED it, saw & did a lot (although the weather wasn’t the best over the Christmas Season).  Weather can certainly make or break a visit thru this part of the USA.


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