Tallahassee, FL, is a city unlike most other cities in Florida. Tallahassee is not all about sunshine and beaches, it has a spirited air to it with an amazing food scene, artistic atmosphere, off-the-beaten-path adventures, secluded oases of nature, and that unique southern charm.
When in Tallahassee, you do not want to miss out on spending the day at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, or the almost heavenly-looking Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Tallahassee Museum, the Florida State Capitol, and Tallahassee St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail are also some unmissable attractions of this beautiful city.
It makes a lot of sense to take the route closer to the Atlantic Ocean to reach your destination, but we suggest spicing up your road trip and sticking to the inland road to hit some of the more backwood destinations.
Your ultimate destination, Mount Airy, NC, might be a small town, but one that makes a big impact. Located on the upper Yadkin Valley, this town is known for its friendliness. The best attractions of this town are the simpler things in life that we can’t seem to find anywhere else.
The homely food at Snappy Lunch, a visit to the Wally’s Service Station, and not to forget the childhood home of Andy Griffith are all fun and entertaining places to visit while here.
Stop by at Macon, Georgia to see a place with 17,000 years of southeastern Native American Heritage history. Located across the Ocmulgee River, Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park exhibits the earthen mounds and the ceremonial lodges that were once home to the Native American Indians. The Park also includes wetlands, fields, and forests alongside the Walnut Creek and the Ocmulgee river and you can catch sight of the wetlands’ birds, animals, reptiles, and plants.
The Earth Lodge here is also one of the national monuments as it is the only reconstructed earth lodge in the continent, with the original 1000-year-old floor. Then there’s the Great Temple Mound on which you can climb and see all the trenches from the prehistoric days as well as the site of a Colonial British trading post. If you are lucky enough to visit the park in the Spring, you just might be able to attend Macon’s phenomenal Cherry Blossom Festival here.
Augusta, GA, is a beautiful little city with a rich history. Most of the time, this city is the destination of many road trips and not a stop. Either way, this is not a place you simply pass by. Stop in Augusta so you can visit the amazing Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History and learn about Georgia’s most legendary educators, Lucy Craft Laney.
Lucy Craft Laney was born in 1854, and this museum was once home to her. She was born a free person of color and ended up becoming one of the most celebrated and influential educators in the history of Georgia. She started the first-ever kindergarten and nurse training classes for the black people of Augusta.
The museum exhibits some permanent contributions as well as many rotation ones, so you get to see something new every time and learn about the contribution of the African American Augustans.
Camden in South Carolina is the oldest inland city in the state and hence has plenty of traces of the Colonial and Revolutionary War era. The city was established in 1732 by a decree from King George II, and as is obvious, has tons of historic landmarks for you to see.
Make sure you have plenty of time on your hands when you visit Camden because you cannot leave without at least visiting the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, the Camden Opera House, and Goodale State Park. This town has nearly 70 buildings that are listed within its National Historic District.
The city also offers outdoor activities such as picnic areas, hiking trails, and a fishing pond. Camden is small with a low population, so it makes for a great place to visit and have the entire historical exhibitions to yourself with few crowds to distract or disturb you.
Make your next and second to last stop at Charlotte, NC, so you can finally see the acclaimed NASCAR Hall Of Fame. Do it even if you are not a racing fan, and if you already are, then we don’t need to convince you. The Hall of Fame is instituted in a 150,000 square feet large, state-of-the-art hall.
The entire venue is modern and sleek and has plenty of interactive exhibitions that will keep you and the young ones occupied for a long time. There are racing simulators, various artifacts, mementos, and even a high-tech art theatre with a capacity of 278 people. All these attractions make the NASCAR Hall Of Fame an equally interesting and joy-filled attraction for non-racing fans.
In addition to all the futuristic displays, you also get to learn some really interesting behind-the-scenes stories of the race crews and of some major race events. And then, of course, there are plenty of race cars on display.
Mount Airy, or shall we say, Mayberry needs no introduction to the Andy Griffith Show fans. For the non-fans, this show was based in an imaginary town called Mayberry, which was Mount Airy in reality. The show’s version of the town was smaller with a laid-back approach to life, where everyone knew everyone, and the folks were friendly.
The real quintessential town of Mount Airy happens to be exactly the same. Additionally, the town is bracketed by mountains which make for some excellent sightseeing spots along the way. Some places you wouldn't want to miss out on include the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and Andy Griffith’s Home Place.