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Traveling can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t know where to start. Finding the right travel agent can be the key to making your trip a success. Here are some tips to help you find the nearest travel agent to you.
Use Online Resources
The internet is a great resource for finding local travel agents. You can search online for local travel agents in your area and read reviews from previous customers. This will help you get an idea of which agents are reliable and experienced in helping people plan their trips. You can also use online resources such as TripAdvisor or Yelp to find out more about the services offered by different agents.
Ask Friends and Family
Another great way to find a local travel agent is to ask your friends and family for recommendations. They may have had good experiences with certain agents in the past, so they can give you an honest opinion about their services. If you don’t know anyone who has used a travel agent before, you can also ask around on social media or in online forums for advice from people who have used them in the past.
Check Local Tourism Offices
Local tourism offices are another great resource for finding nearby travel agents. They usually have information about local agencies that specialize in planning trips for tourists in the area. You can also ask them for recommendations on which agents they recommend based on their experience with them.
Finding the right travel agent is essential if you want to make your trip a success. By using these tips, you should be able to find the nearest travel agent to you quickly and easily. With the right agent, you’ll be able to plan an amazing trip that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
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The top things to do on an I-95 road trip
Running almost parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, you're never far from the beach on this drive between Florida and Maine
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I-95 is the main highway that runs along the East Coast of the U.S. Since it is almost parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, you're never too far away from the beach on an I-95 road trip. Some of the major cities you'll pass through include Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, Savannah, Jacksonville, and Miami. Here's some of the top attractions to see along I-95, from Florida to Maine.
28655 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL, US
Starting in southern Florida, just outside Miami, you'll stumble upon Coral Castle in Homestead. Built entirely by hand by an eccentric, heartbroken man, Coral Castle is a unique structure carved from oolite limestone. Marvel at the wonder and the sad story at this roadside attraction.
2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables, FL, US
If you want the relaxation of a day at the beach minus the crowds, then hit the Venetian Pool. The Venetian Pool was originally built for Coral Gables, one of the country's first planned communities in the 1920s. The pool is filled with fresh water each day, straight from artesian wells. It's drained every night and refilled every morning, so you know that you're swimming in exceptionally clean water. If you're worried about water conservation, fear not. The water is drained back into the aquifer.
Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL, US
From there, hop back in the car and cruise to South Beach, one of the swankiest beaches along the East Coast. But, South Beach is way more than than playing in the waves and chilling in cabanas. The people-watching is second-to-none, and walking around the Art Deco district will transport you back in time to a vibrant era.
3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL, US
Once you've had your fill of the city, head to Butterfly World in nearby Coconut Creek. It's one of the largest butterfly parks in the world, offering displays of butterflies, bugs, and birds, as well as beautiful flowers.
Loxahatchee River District, Jupiter, FL, US
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
At the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, you can wander along trails featuring various natural habitats and displays of native animals, including eagles, panthers, crocodiles, snakes, and more. Plus, admission is free.
1322 US Hwy 1, Sebastian, FL, US
Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum
Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum exhibits archaeological maritime artifacts from 18th century shipwrecks. Mel Fisher is a real-life Indiana Jones who has spent more than 20 years recovering lost treasures from the bottom of the sea. You can see gold, gem-studded jewelry, old coins, and more.
Kennedy Space Center, SR 405, Titusville, FL, US
Kennedy Space Center
Head over to Titusville to get a bus tour of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, but come early—the tours are popular and fill up fast. Other sites at the complex include the United States Astronaut Hall Of Fame, the Rocket Garden, and the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
4931 S Peninsula Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL, US
Ponce Deleon Inlet Lighthouse
The Ponce Deleon Inlet Lighthouse is the perfect place to get off I-95 to stretch your legs, especially if you decide to tackle the 200-step stairway to the top. The view is absolutely worth it. Tour the a small museum to learn more.
8635 A1A South, FL, US
Fort Matanzas National Monument
From Titusville, it's just a short drive to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S., founded in 1565. You'll find one of the best preserved historic districts in the nation, not to mention great restaurants and bars. From Castillo De San Marcos—which is a stunning fortress that's believed to be haunted—to Fort Matanzas National Monument and the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, history comes to life here.
100 Red Cox Rd, FL, US
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum
If you're feeling up for a bit more climbing, stop at St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, and ascend to the top of this 165-foot tall tower. The views of downtown St. Augustine and the oldest port in the U.S. are amazing. There are also exhibits here covering the country's maritime history and a gift shop.
If you're looking for a hotel in St. Augustine, the St. George Inn, the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast, and Casa Monica are exceptional options.
1368 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL, US
Before leaving the Sunshine State, hit up Jacksonville Beach to soak up the sun while walking the boardwalk. Parking is usually easy to find if you get there early. Plus, many restaurants and bars offer exquisite views.
1860 Starratt Rd, Jacksonville, FL, US
The Catty Shack Ranch
The Catty Shack Ranch offers up-close views of lions, tigers, and other big cats. Run mostly by volunteers, this non-profit provides a sanctuary for rescued cats that might not otherwise have a home.
113 Saint Marys St, GA, US
Cumberland Island National Seashore
For a fun side trip off I-95, head to Cumberland Island National Seashore. The only way to visit Cumberland Island National Seashore is to catch the ferry at St. Marys. You'll find campsites, hiking trails, and wild horses roaming around. There's nowhere to buy food or supplies on the island, so pack accordingly.
US Hwy. 17 South, Darien, GA, US
Smallest Church in America
While in the Peach State, visit the Smallest Church in America—or so it claims—in South Newport. Built in 1949, this roadside stop offers a charming photo backdrop.
102 W Hall St, Savannah, GA, US
Savannah is one of the U.S.'s most picturesque cities. It seems like it's covered in Spanish moss as far as the eye can see. With one of the largest historic downtowns in the nation, Savannah has a bounty of charming shops and spots to visit, and the food scene is renowned.
If you're just driving through, but want to get a quick taste of Savannah, stop at Forsyth Park for a walk. This beautiful public park is an iconic oasis in the city.
If you are spending the night, consider the Hamilton-Turner Inn, Ballastone Inn, or The Gastonian.
30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island, GA, US
Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum
A quick detour from Savannah to the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum is worthwhile. The barrier island is vacation destination, known for its iconic lighthouse, historic sites, and endless beaches.
330 Bonaventure Rd, Savannah, GA, US
There are a few famous people buried at Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery, but the real appeal is the beauty of the Southern Gothic cemetery itself. Graceful old trees covered in Spanish moss create a canopy, and many of the gravestones are works of art. Just remember that this is still a functioning cemetery and some of the visitors are there to grieve.
301 Gervais St., Columbia, SC, US
South Carolina State Museum
Make your first stop in the Palmetto State the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. This amazing museum is housed in a massive former textile mill and features four floors with over 70,000 exhibits. You'll find many nice hotels in Columbia, as well. Victorian Elegance Inn and the Hilton Columbia Center are among the many places to book a room.
4004 Homestead Rd, Bowman, SC, US
UFO Welcome Center
For something completely different, detour off of I-95 to visit the UFO Welcome Center in Bowman. Built in 1994, this structure quickly became a popular tourist attraction. The 42-foot-wide flying saucer is built out of wood, fiberglass, and plastic. For a small fee, you can meet the owner and peek inside.
251 State Park Rd, Santee, SC, US
Santee State Park
Stretch your legs at Santee State Park, which has an abundance of catfish in the waters of Lake Marion. In addition to fishing, hiking and camping are popular activities. You can also drive a little longer to the Woods Bay State Park to soak in the natural beauty of one of the last Carolina Bays found along the Atlantic Coast.
I-95 officially ends at the Houlton–Woodstock Border Crossing. The route continues into Canada, where you can cross the border into New Brunswick. If you want to have an international journey after this epic tour of the East Coast, just keep driving.
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21 best places to stop on an I-95 road trip
Ready to experience the stunning Atlantic Coast? Connecting southern Florida to the Canadian border in Maine, the I-95 passes through major cities such as Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York.
Whether you’re taking on the whole 1,920 miles or just looking for some inspiration near you, our I-95 road trip planner has got you covered. From curious museums to tranquil parks and gardens, we’re here to keep you entertained along the way.
Buckle up and discover some of the many great attractions on the I-95 with Thrifty.
What to expect from your I-95 road trip
The I-95 route is notable for many reasons.
- It’s the longest north-south interstate in the US and crosses an impressive 15 states – more than any other interstate!
- With almost 2,000 miles to explore, there are more than enough highlights along the way.
- Non-stop, it would take over 30 hours to drive the route. So, we encourage you to take it easy and schedule a few pitstops along the way.
Not sure where to explore? Check out these 21 amazing I-95 stops and start planning…
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Miami Beach South, Fl TLE
Get your camera ready and stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Villa Vizcaya. Inspired by the Italian Renaissance, this mansion house from the early 20 th century will wow you with its opulent rooms and 10-acre gardens.
Stopping by on a Sunday? Don’t forget to pick out some tasty snacks at the Vizcaya Village Farmers Market before heading north on the I-95.
Between 1st and 23rd Street on Miami Beach, Miami, FL 33139
Have you really been to Miami if you haven’t checked out South Beach? Among the rich and famous, you’ll find beautiful Art Deco buildings, eclectic restaurants and the relaxing South Pointe Park in this iconic neighborhood. Take a walk down Lincoln Road for some retail therapy or admire the Atlantic from South Pointe Pier.
3600 West Sample Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Tsh Coral Springs TLE
Florida is famous for its biodiversity, and we can’t think of a better way to experience it than Butterfly World. Gather the family and get ready to take a trip to paradise. Discover over 20,000 butterflies from across the globe and witness the free flying creatures as they take flight in an authentic tropical environment.
960 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477 Nearest Thrifty car rental location: West Palm Beach International Airport
From colorful nature to a colorful eatery – Guanabanas in Jupiter has got you covered. Take a seat in the lush riverside setting and get ready to chow down on Floridian favorites. From fresh Florida shrimp wraps to blackened Cajun salmon, Guanabanas is the place to be for a hearty lunch or dinner. Keep an ear out for live music while you dine, as bands to suit all tastes regularly stop by.
Kennedy Space Center
Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953 Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Melbourne International Airport
Kennedy Space Center is one of the more iconic things to do along the I-95 in Florida. Who doesn’t want to visit the starting point of the historic moon landing in 1969?
Marvel at the Kennedy Space Center ’s must-see attractions such as the Saturn V rocket, astronaut training simulators and Atlantis space shuttle. Brush up on your astronaut knowledge with its expansive library of objects and information to fuel curious kids and adults alike.
Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens
78 East Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Aloma TLE
Step away from the rush of the Interstate to enjoy the tranquil setting of Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens . Established at the end of World War Two to honor veterans, this art space hosts a variety of unique exhibitions each season. Stretch your legs and your creativity with activities for the whole family to have a go at. Paint pouring anyone?
Fort Frederica National Monument
6515 Frederica Road, St Simons Island, GA 31522
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Jacksonville International Airport
Just 25 minutes off the I-95 route in Georgia takes you to the stunning Fort Frederica National Monument . Don a tricorne hat and explore the ruins of an old fort and town built in the 1730s. Take a trip back in time with a guided tour to learn more about life in America’s colonial years.
Pee Dee State Farmers Market
2513 West Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Myrtle Beach International Airport
South Carolina’s freshest and best produce awaits you just off the I-95 at Pee Dee State Farmers Market . It’s open year round, making it the ideal place for a pitstop. And the seasonal flower shows make for a vibrant view after miles of asphalt. Grab a bite to eat at one of the market stalls, serving everything from tasty tacos to kettle corn. Or browse the unique ornaments and antiques for something to take home.
South of the Border
Hamer, SC 29547
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Fayetteville Regional Airport
It might be kitschy, but we love it. South of the Border is a world-famous themed roadside attraction, just off the I-95 and highway 501. It invites visitors to climb the Sombrero Tower, eat at the Sombrero Restaurant or shop at Pedro’s. Have you guessed the theme yet? Yep, this Mexico-inspired location is a fun stop for the whole family, just before you enter North Carolina.
Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
301 Goldsboro Street South, Wilson, NC 27893 Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Raleigh - Durham International Airport
Take a 15-minute detour off the I-95 via exit 116 to downtown Wilson. Here you’ll find the novel Whirligig Park . As the name suggests, all manner of arty wind-powered sculptures come to life with the gentlest of winds here – some standing up to 50 feet tall –. It’s easily one of the best places to stop on the I-95 in North Carolina for something different.
Agecroft Hall and Gardens
4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, VA 23221
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Tsh Alexandria TLE
If you’re after weird attractions along the I-95, look no further than Agecroft Hall . Located just west of Richmond, Virginia, this 16th-century English Tudor Hall has a unique story to share. Learn the fascinating history of this manor house and how local businessman T.C. Williams Jr purchased and relocated the original structure from England to Virginia in the 1920s.
Occoquan Historic District
Mill Street, Occoquan, VA 22125
Before leaving Virginia (please check your trunk for Tudor manor houses), check out the Occoquan Historic District on the banks of the Occoquan River. This quaint town is home to numerous historic buildings, museums and a thriving art scene. We recommend grabbing some sandwiches from Ballywhack Shack while you explore. Delicious!
Fort McHenry National Monument
2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Baltimore - Washington International Airport
As you make your way into Baltimore, we recommend stopping by the Fort McHenry National Monument. In 1814, the results of the decisive Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner. Chat with an experienced ranger who can fill you in on all the historical details or simply take a reflective walk around this iconic location.
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
6825 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19153
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Philadelphia International Airport
Time for some high-octane fun. Explore the expansive racing sports car collection at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum . From Ferrari to Ford, Dr. Frederick Simeone’s collection of over 75 cars is second to none. Don’t miss the twice-monthly demo days where the cars are taken outside for you to see, hear and smell up close!
126 Log Cabin Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Newark Liberty International Airport
Let’s dial it back and bring it back to nature. Stop off at New Jersey’s very own bamboo forest. Along with the other botanical exhibitions at Rutgers Gardens , the bamboo forest is certainly a unique location for a selfie or three. Listen to the leaves rustle in the wind and channel your inner peace.
The Met Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tyron Park, New York, NY 10040
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Tsh Fort Lee TLE
As you follow the I-95 across George Washington Bridge into New York, why not take a slight detour to visit The Met Cloisters at Fort Tyron Park? The museum’s hilltop location along the Hudson River makes for a surreal experience. Stroll through the intricate arches and gardens, and marvel at the colorful Medieval paintings, tapestries and sculptures throughout the gallery.
Staying in New York for longer? Check out the Metropolitan Museum’s Fifth Avenue location as well, to experience more than 5,000 years of art from around the world.
Waterford Beach Park
317 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Tsh New Haven TLE
After a night in the Big Apple, rejoin the I-95 and head north into Connecticut. Your route will take you through cities like Stamford and New Haven, if you fancy a museum outing or lunch in the city.
But we also recommend checking out Waterford Beach Park a little further east along the highway. Waterford Beach is one of the state’s few natural, unmodified beaches. Sit back and take in the views of Long Island across the waters or walk about the nearby Harkness Memorial State Park for a day outdoors.
South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Providence - Tf Green State Airport
Schedule a stop in Providence, Rhode Island’s capital – the I-95 runs straight through Downtown, so it’s hard to miss. The city’s flourishing arts community make it a top location for art lovers.
Our favorite public piece is artist Boris Bally’s “Gun Totem” sculpture on South Main Street, opposite the courthouse. Venture down to see the intriguing concrete pillar standing 12 feet high and containing more than 1,000 disabled guns – a unique sight to say the least.
Minute Man National Historical Park
174 Liberty Street, Concord, MA 01742 Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Boston - Harvard Square Hotel, Ma TLE
All around the Minute Man National park you can feel a great sense of history. From the battles that signaled the beginning of the American Revolution to the traditional pre-revolution buildings, a guided tour is highly recommended here. The nearby Minute Man Visitor Centre is also great if you’re short on time and need an overview.
USS Albacore Museum
600 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Manchester - Boston Regional Airport
You’ve come this far on your I-95 road trip, why not explore a submarine? But don’t worry – this submarine’s on dry land. The USS Albacore was designed as a testing submarine. The full vessel is open for viewing, so watch your head as you peer through the periscope and marvel at the miles of wires and pipes running along its walls.
1 Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 Nearest Thrifty car rental location: Manchester - Boston Regional Airport
Sporting the catchy title of “New England’s only beachfront amusement park”, Palace Playland makes the most of Maine’s beautiful coastline. Adrenaline-filled fun awaits you on the Sea Viper rollercoaster or take it easy on the Ferris wheel for great views over Old Orchard beach. Its many arcades and food outlets make it great for the family after a long drive.
Phew – almost 2,000 miles and this is only the beginning of the many great I-95 stops along the route. Where will you visit?
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Traveling I-95 on a Road Trip from NYC to Miami
By: Author Adam
Posted on Last updated: 31 August 2023
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The I-95 highway route from New England and NYC all the way down to Miami might seem long and daunting, but it’s a surprisingly easy route with some great places to stop along the way. Below are some highlights from the popular East Coast road trip thousands make each year.
My East Coast road trip started in Connecticut. The goal: get my aunt’s car all the way down to Fort Lauderdale so she’d have it for her winter home. With my flexible work schedule and passion for road trips, saying yes to the trip just came naturally.
I’ve done pieces of this road trip before, including driving through Florida a handful of times, as well as a handful of New England road trips. But the full trip I’d never done before. Google Maps made it seem pretty straightforward.
From my starting point to final destination, it was truthfully only going to take 22 hours or so of drive time. But I had the time and the passion, so my goal was to make this a true road trip.
There are so many cool destinations and things to see along the Eastern Seaboard, many of which I hadn’t been to before. Below, a few of the best places to stop along the East Coast on an I-95 road trip .
Best Places to Stop on an I-95 East Coast Road Trip
They call it the “City of Brotherly Love,” and as the birthplace for so much of American democracy, there’s little dispute of Philadelphia’s place in history. That’s what makes it such a perfect pitstop on a proper American road trip .
It’s relatively easy to see Philadelphia’s top tourist attractions in a few hours. The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are across the street from one another, with the National Constitution Center and U.S. Mint also in walking distance. If you plan it right, it’s easy to hit up those main attractions in a few hours, grab a Philly cheesesteak to eat, and be on your way!
Top 5 Things to Do in Philadelphia on a road trip
- Visit the Liberty Bell and learn about freedoms around the world
- Learn American history at the Independence Hall museum
- Take a selfie at the steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Have a real Philly cheesesteak
- Refuel at Wawa (and enjoy cheap Tastykake treats & surprisingly great coffee)
Read more Philadelphia travel tips here.
Part of the Washington, D.C. metro system, Alexandria is a taste of pure Americana. Its charming city center & main street have plenty of cute and quaint shopping and eating options. It’s also a great place for an overnight stay as the accommodation options are a little cheaper than staying directly in Washington, D.C., though it’s still accessible if you did want to do some sightseeing.
Top 5 Things to Do in Alexandria on a road trip
- Shop local small businesses in Alexandria’s Old Town (along King Street)
- Check out the local artists’ workshops at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
- Learn American history at Gadsby’s Tavern – where George Washington & the first five USA presidents spent time
- Stock up on fresh fruit & snacks at America’s oldest farmers market (every Saturday from 7am to noon)
- Stay at one of the hotels in Alexandria’s Old Town and take the D.C. metro into Washington, D.C. for a night out
Read more Alexandria travel tips here.
Just a further two hours south on I-95, Virginia’s capitol city Richmond is great for a quick city break. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts houses an impressive collection of classic and contemporary arts, while the Valentine and the Edgar Allen Poe offer unique historical exhibitions.
And thanks to a healthy population of young adults and college students, Richmond has a thriving foodie scene with plenty of craft breweries and cool hipster dining spots.
Top 5 Things to Do in Richmond on a road trip
- Visit the Valentine museum which documents, collects and preserves Richmond’s 400-year history
- Check out the latest art exhibitions at the prestigious Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
- Take a selfie in front of the Virginia State Capitol—one of the oldest legislative bodies in America
- Explore the Arts District for trendy restaurants and quirky shops
- Don’t miss the street art , many part of the extensive Richmond Mural Project (especially in the Carytown neighborhood
Read more Richmond travel tips here.
Charleston is a bit further from I-95 so isn’t a typical stopping point on this well-traveled road trip route, but I’m a sucker for adventure and have been curious about South Carolina for a while, so was happy to go out of my way to visit. I think I was also swayed to visit because I watch Stephen Colbert a lot, and he’s always talking about it. I was curious.
About an hour off of I-95, Charleston is that charming kind of Southern town. Beautifully colored houses in classic colonial styles line every street—with blossoming flowers in the windowsills, friendly neighbors, and large porches & verandas. The main tourist attraction is the Fort Sumter National Monument which can be visited on a tour accessed by ferry.
Top 5 Things to Do in Charlestown on a road trip
- Grab a coffee and food, or shop, at one of the many places along King Street in Old Town Charlestown
- Shop local at the historic Charlestown City Market
- Get an Instagram pic in front of Rainbow Row
- Walk the Old Town and learn local history from the state historical markers
- Spend a few hours learning select history at Fort Sumter National Park
Read more Charleston travel tips here.
Just off I-95, Savannah is easily accessible from the highway. Home to one of the region’s largest art schools, the Savannah College of Art & Design, the city has a proclivity for creativity—not to mention its extensive history. The Historic District is home to southern Americana sights along cobblestoned & tree-lined streets.
The charming city offers a lot of history with its unique local architecture reminiscent of a “small town America” you’d see in the movies. It’s a quiet town, so don’t expect too much buzzing activity, but day or night the area in and around Forsyth Park is always bustling with the young and the old. The park also hosts a weekend flea market on Sundays.
Top 5 Things to Do in Savannah on a road trip
- Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere & southern charm of the Savannah Historic District
- Take a stroll through Bonaventure Cemetery (also great for Instagram )
- Visit the large & green Forsyth Park in the city center—a popular place for meetups and a sunset walk, most famous for its iconic fountain at the park’s center
- Explore the local contemporary art scene at the SCAD Museum of Art, part of the Savannah College of Art & Design
- Shop on Broughton Street for fashion & food
Read more Savannah travel tips here.
From Savannah, it’s a long few hours to Florida. And once in Florida, there are plenty of places to stop for a short visit. The I-95 runs several miles in-land from most of the beach cities, so the stretch of driving in Florida can be a bit boring. Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, and Fort Lauderdale make for good stopping points during a Florida road trip down I-95, but the Gulf Coast, Panhandle, and central Florida (Orlando) are all decent destinations besides Miami and the Florida Keys at the tip.
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Road trips are the kind of travel you’ll either love or hate. They’re often best with a group of friends or (sometimes) with family, but it’s also pretty manageable on your own. So long as you’ve got a budget and a passion for exploration, road trips are a lot of fun.
How much does an East Coast road trip cost? I managed the above road trip with stops in each of those cities and managed to keep my budget under $700 including hotels, gas, food, and activities. That was with plenty of fast food stops along the way, but hey—that’s part of the joy of an American road trip!
Roadtrip is such a great activity. You’ll see different spots that you’ve never noticed before.
Yep – I love the randomness of a good road trip – you never know what you’ll stumble across!
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