My boyfriend & I would like to take a car-camping vacation in late December, around Christmastime. I know to drive anywhere warm from Indianapolis will be quite a haul. Does anyone have suggestions as to somewhere that would be worth the long trip? Hiking is the top priority, but if there are other things unique to the area (swimming, whatever) we're up for that as well. It doesn't have to be super-warm- We can probably take temps down to about 40 for sleeping, though 50 is ideal.
While we enjoy camping, part of the reason we're going that route is cost, so Dry Tortugas off of the Keys is out, since you have to hire a boat to get you there!