I’m pretty damn excited to be heading south tomorrow for an epic Christmas/New Year road trip!
I’ve never explored the true American south before. The southernmost point I’ve been in the US is Fort Lauderdale, but according to the Americans that I hang out with on a regular basis, Florida isn’t really considered “the south”.
The South generally refers the states that go by the southern way of life rather than the states themselves, and Florida doesn’t really have that stereotypical southern-ness.
While my road trip will be starting in Florida, it will also be taking me through a few of those stereotypical southern states, including Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas! Here’s the itinerary for my 2 week southern US road trip.
I’ll be starting in Miami, and aside from hitting up the famous South Beach, I’ll also be exploring Little Havana, the Art Deco District, and Wynwood Walls.
Miami is featured in so many movies that I’m pretty excited to play out all the scenes from Scarface, There’s Something About Mary, and Casino Royale. Robert has also informed me that he’ll be playing out all the Grand Theft Auto Vice City challenges while we’re there (not for reals, don’t worry).
After Miami, we’ll pick up our rental car and start driving west through the Everglades. We’ll do an airboat tour to see some ‘gators, then head onwards to St Petersburg where we’ll spend the evening checking out St Pete’s Beach and the famous Loews Don CeSar Hotel (though we won’t be staying there! We ain’t that rich).
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Our trip to Georgia has ulterior motives – we’ll actually be heading to a town near Atlanta to crash a friend’s family Christmas dinner! Seeing as we would otherwise be spending Christmas sitting boredly by ourselves in New York, this sounded like a great option for us to experience a traditional American Christmas.
Hopefully we’ll have time to check out Atlanta, too. I’ve heard that the Botanical Gardens are pretty nice, and I’ve got a bunch of recommendations for bars, restaurants, museums, and suburbs to check out if we get the time.
On our way south from Georgia, we’ll stop for a night in Mobile, Alabama on the way. This little city is supposed to be charming, and who could say no to crossing another state off the list?
We’ll take Highway 90 along the coast of Mississippi to spot some of the famous stilt houses, and then take a few days to explore New Orleans. I’ve heard so may good things about NOLA, so I’m really looking forward to some good southern music, food, and atmosphere.
As we head west from New Orleans, I’m suuuper excited to be stopping in at some Louisiana plantations along the way. The plan is to see Evergreen Plantation, which was used as the filming location for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and the famous Oak Alley Plantation.
We’ll also stop in at Baton Rouge, and drive through Cajun Country near Lafayette.
Texas is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for ages! We’ll start with an overnight stop in Houston. I’m not particularly interested in seeing the city but I’ve found a bunch of public art activities to take a look at around west Houston before moving on to our last stop.
As Robert and I actively choose to visit the most alternative destinations, we’re finishing it all off in Austin! This is where we’ll be spending New Year.
After we’ve recovered from our hangovers, I’m keen to get the full weird and wacky Austin experience so I’m pretty sure our days will be spent admiring street art and drinking copious amounts of coffee at all the uniquely decorated coffee shops.
We’ll also check out the HOPE outdoor gallery, as well as eat some vegan food and get snap happy at the Texas Capitol.
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Keep your eyes peeled for some posts coming up on these southern destinations! Have you been to the south? Share your tips in the comments!
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