Everyone around the United States, and many people outside our country, know of many of the main Southern travel spots, such as Miami, Panama City, Atlanta, and Nashville. Some of the greatest getaways and family vacations, however, end up happening in some of the "other" cities of the South. Take a look at what else the South has to offer and make plans to see what else you can find!
Mississippi's Gulf Coast region offers a great combination of fun, sun, sand and slots, perfect to plan the Best Southern Vacation. In the area of Gulf Port, Mississippi and Biloxi, Mississippi, you can visit beautiful beaches, great wildlife such as at the Marine Life Oceanarium, and even newly rebuilt casinos in Biloxi. In this area you will find any type of southern vacation attraction! The Biloxi area is also just a short drive from some of the best places to visit in the Florida panhandle.
In the Mississippi coastal area, fishing or boat tours are a must! You can go on an actual shrimping trip and see the sunset out on the Gulf of Mexico, or you can go on one of the many charter boats to fish in one of the Gulf of Mexico's best fishing areas. There are many trips you can choose from whether you want to fish or just experience the aquatic wildlife the region has to offer.
This area also offers great historic sites and tours. In Biloxi you can ride the Biloxi Tour Train on which you will receive a narrated historic tour of Biloxi. There are countless museums, and educational opportunities such as the Center for Marine Education and Research in Gulfport, MS, an excellent spot for families where you can touch stingrays and horseshoe crabs and search for artifacts and sharks teeth. In Gulfport, there is also the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, one of the top 50 children's museums in the U.S.
Another of the South's most beautiful stops is on South Carolina's Atlantic Coast. Charleston, South Carolina has activities for the family, romantic getaways, and plenty of history.
If you are looking for romance, you can experience the carriage rides in downtown Charleston and see the beautiful architecture and experience the nightlife. You can also visit the many great beaches such as secluded Kiawah Island and Sullivan's Island. Or you can take a walk by the harbor and view the "Battery", a long stretch of southern homes bordering the harbor.
Charleston is also perfect for enjoying all the best salt water fishing of the Atlantic coast. This area has some of the best charter fishing in the South. You can catch Tarpon, Tuna, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Wahoo, Marlin or Sailfish.
If you are planning a Southern vacation, perhaps no other Southern vacation spot has the romantic feel that surrounds the city of Savannah, Georgia. From the horse-drawn carriage rides, strolls down brick lined streets, and lunch along the Savannah River to the nearby Pre-Civil War fort and Southern Plantation-style architecture, Savannah is the quintessential southern river town.
During your visit you will definitely visit River Street, Savannah's river front area. Here you will find tours, restaurants, ferry rides, and horse-drawn carriages. Whether taking a strole on a lazy southern afternoon or looking for some night life, River Street is the place to go. This area is so relaxing it will make a Hawaii vacation seem uptight.
For the family trip or the weekend explorer, you must visit some of the historic sites. There is Fort Jackson, near the Savannah River, the Savannah History Museum and the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. There are plenty of other old southern houses that have tours for you to experience.
Whether you want casinos and sand or history and romance, the Southern U.S. has plenty of places for your next travel!