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South East USA Road trip

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South East USA Road trip

My wife & I want to leave Ottawa , Canada , & travel through Pennsylvania ( not Phillidelphia around it ) through Virginia , NC / SC possibly Tenn. Kentucky if time we have 10 days looking for good routes with stuff to see & good hotel recommendations to book ahead if anyone has tips they would be good we like historic sites , water scenery , naval stuff / military Thanks ,

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1. Re: South East USA Road trip

Some suggestions-

PA- Gettysburg military park and Eishenhower home

VA- Charlottsville- Monticello, Williamsburg- Colonial Williamsburg, Petersburg Military park close by.

NC- Wilmington- USS NC

SC- Charleston- history, Ft. Sumter, plantations, etc.

NC- Asheville- Biltmore house, mountains

KY- Corvette museum, Shaker Village on way to Louisville

Here is link to map for suggestions-


A lot of driving for only 10 days imo- can you stretch it to two weeks? If not then I think I would stick to PA, MD and VA. There are a lot of things to see and do in MD and VA besides the suggestions that I made.

And of course there is Washington, DC which has lots of museums, etc. You could easily spend a week there.

Good luck!!

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2. Re: South East USA Road trip

What time of year do you plan on doing this?

With 10 days to do a round-trip roadtrip from Ottawa, I don't know that you'll have time to get below Virginia. A lot of your asking for - particularly the historical and naval sites - are in Maryland and Virginia anyway.

First potential place to visit would be the Poconos and Catskills in northeastern PA. Really beautiful area of rolling countryside. The Pennsylvania Amish country is just west of Philadelphia, and you could pass through there. It's a little touristy, but there are some very cute small towns in Lancaster County and around the Susquehanna River.

Hershey Park is also a potential. Doesn't sound up your alley, but I thought I'd bring it up.

For naval history, I think your main stops should be Baltimore and Annapolis. Baltimore has always had a tremendous shipping presence. There's the Baltimore Maritime Museum, and also Fort Meade Naval Base, which features its own museum (http://www.fortmeademuseum.org/). Additionally, you have a number of historic ships in Baltimore's harbor. It's definitely worth a visit.

Annapolis is home to the US Naval Academy. There is a visitors center and they do guided tours. http://www.usna.edu/visit.htm

The Hampton Roads area should also definitely be a stop for you. There's Nauticus/the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Downtown Norfolk, which features the USS Wisconsin. It would be worth it to take the short ferry ride across the harbor to Portsmouth, which is a charming little city. Norfolk also has its active and important naval base which services a number of warships. You can tour the base when arranged in advance.

Williamsburg and Jamestown are also just up the road. Williamsburg is a "living history" national park, with characters in period costumes who speak period English, and there are a number of activities available revolving around 17th and 18th century American life. http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/

Then there's Roanoke Island near the Outer Banks, which was the first attempt at settlement in the US by the English. It failed as all of its residents mysteriously vanished. There's also the Wright Brothers national monument at Kitty Hawk, which is worth a visit. The Outer Banks themselves have very pretty, mostly undeveloped beaches. Visiting Cape Hatteras may be of interest to you.

^ That's just the tip, and that's roughly 10 days worth of activities. Notice I didn't even mention Washington, DC, which would take you three days to really see properly.

Good luck though.

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3. Re: South East USA Road trip

Daniel, welcome to TA and the road trips forum!

From Kentucky, you'll likely have to get back to Ontario through Ohio.

Dayton, OH, is a mecca for a combination of general and military aviation history.


Some day, if you like naval history, you should plan to visit Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island in Ohio. It's the site of the Battle of Lake Erie, one of the most consequential naval battles in U.S. and Canadian history, and the site of the towering Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. See Lake Erie islands here.


Put-in-Bay soon will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the battle with a recreation of the battle featuring a fleet of tall ships. The tall ships are making port calls throughout the Great Lakes, including several ports in Ontario later this month.



Good planning!

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