Favorite Summer Vacation Destinations in the South

Throughout the year my family enjoys planning our summer vacation. It’s something we look forward to during the cold winter months. We are very fortunate to live in the South where there are many fabulous cities to visit, and a variety of landscapes from sandy beaches to majestic mountains. From our home in Georgia, there are so many great places we can visit that are no more than a day away by car. With a large family, road trips seem to work out best, and spending a few hours in the car can surprisingly be a lot of fun.

Favorite Summer Vacation Destinations in the South

When planning our trips, I look for all inclusive resorts or hotels that are located close to the attractions that we plan to visit.  I try to spend as little time as possible in the car, once we’ve reached our destination city. Some of our past summer vacations have been spent in Florida, North Carolina, and right here in Georgia. We hope to add Virginia and South Carolina to the list very soon.

The Beach is a sure bet for a great family vacation. There are many beautiful sandy beaches along the south-east coastline, and on into Florida. Our beach vacations are always very laid back, full of lazy days of sun bathing, playing in the surf, and collecting shells. I always make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen!

The Mountains of North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee are so beautiful in the summertime. During our trips to the mountains, we’ve enjoyed hiking and searching for waterfalls. A waterfall always makes such a great photo opp. Fishing in the mountain rivers is a good time, and we seem to always end up with many funny stories to tell later.

If a city vacation is what you want, there are many large cities in the South from Atlanta to Miami. As the kids get older, I find that we enjoy even more the shopping and dining options that a big city has to offer. The photo below is of Atlanta’s Centennial Park at night.

Summer Vacation Destinations in the South

Amusement parks are always a big draw for the kids on summer trips, and the south has plenty of those to offer – not just in Orlando either. The Busch Gardens amusements park can also be found in Williamsburg, Virginia. Summer just wouldn’t be the same without a screaming our heads off on a roller coaster.

The South has a very rich history and there are many historical museums and attractions to choose from, especially in cities like Williamsburg. I’m hoping we’ll soon make a road trip to that historic city. I think the whole family would enjoy visiting all of the historical attractions and museums. The kids will especially enjoy visiting the Busch Gardens amusement park in Williamsburg, to ride the world class roller coasters. I personally am interested in all of great dining and shopping options available!

Escape to Williamsburg and experience the best of America- modern take on history, richly conveyed in a multi-faceted region brimming with fun, culture, and culinary delights. Inside and out, charming adventures lure the explorer in us all to discover the fascinating, inspiring, and relaxing moments found in this national treasure. VisitWilliamsburg.com – make your nest vacation the Best Trip Ever!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Williamsburg Area Destination Marketing Committee via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Williamsburg Area Destination Marketing Committee.

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  1. We’re planning a quick trip to Savannah right after school ends in May. I’m sure we’ll head to the beach too.

  2. These are all really great locations!

  3. Oh I would love to go on vacation to the south! All those places sound amazing. I just need to get out of here! I need a vacation after the long winter we’ve had.

  4. Our girls have been asking to go to the beach…but hopefully, Disney will do as I’m not sure we will swing another vacation!

  5. My girls have been dying to go to the beach, but the weather hasn’t been warm enough.

  6. We’re going on a few family vacations this year and I just cannot wait! Luckily one of them will be to the east coast so I can hopefully check out a few of these ideas.

  7. I love Williamsburg! We live near the Smoky Mountains, and love doing local things from time to time, at Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Smoky Mountain hikes. :)

  8. I live in the mountains of TN and I agree, they are great! But we are also partial to Hilton Head Island, SC. I highly recommend that vaca spot for your SC trip.

  9. Well i often travel with my kids but haven’t hit Williamsburg yet. Maybe I will check it out as an option. Thanks!

  10. I love Williamsburg! We always travel for the amusement parks

  11. These are great ideas. I hope to plan a beach vacation for the summer. I’m going to look into all inclusives. :)

  12. I’m from VA and would visit Williamsburg often. I would also tour Jamestown and Yorktown, the battlefields were fun to see, too. As my children get just a little older I’m looking forward to taking them on our staycations.

  13. Having transplanted to the South from New Jersey – I am always looking for information about trips closer to my new home. I plan on visiting Savannah soon!

  14. Hubs is in Florida on business right now, and I’m wishin I was with him. LOL.

  15. I really like beach vacations that are near amusement parks :)

    Thanks for sharing this information. We travel a lot so I love hearing ideas of what to see.

  16. I really want to go to Bend this year and do some mountain biking.

  17. Joni Mason says:

    I’m a Northwest GA girl myself and I think we have one of the most unique states! We have, as you said, a great range of landscapes and great family attractions and theme parks. We used to take our annual vacation to either Jekyll or Tybee Islands.

  18. Cynthia C says:

    My kids had a great time mining for gems in North Carolina when they were small. I wonder if they still have those.

  19. Pamela Halligan says:

    Williamsburg Virginia is one of my favorite destinations in the south. My family just returned from our first trip to Disney World – definitely a new favorite. I’d like to get to North and South Carolina.

  20. Maria May Ochea says:

    I love summer too!
    How i wish i can go to your place and enjoy those very attractive sceneries.

    Maybe soon. :)

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