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help with road trip plan florida to virginia and back

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help with road trip plan florida to virginia and back

Hi everyone

After a fantastic trip 4 years ago from Vegas to Orlando planned with your help we need your assistance again.

We rekon we've waited long enough to head out agan.

The plan is to fly into Orlando late June 2012 and pick up A rental car for my wife, teenage daughter and myself and head straight to Savannah in time for my wifes 40th birthday (we visited years ago and adore the place)

After this we will continue north up the coast to the williamsburg area then head inland to pick up the blue ridge parkway and meander back south to orlando to meet up with some friends and relax(read themeparks if you are A teenager) for a few days.

We expect to have 3 to 4 weeks in total for the whole trip and dont mind taking detours off the route to check out other areas.

We have been on the state and roadtrip forums but to be honest are getting bogged down with all the fantastic possibilites if only we had 3 months!

We love driving, small towns, history, meuseums, quirky places and great food and I must apologise for the long post but i figured the more you knew the better.

Weve posted this on the roadtrip, North & South Carolina,Kentucky and tennessee forums as well.



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1. Re: help with road trip plan florida to virginia and back

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Edited: 07 September 2011, 16:23
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2. Re: help with road trip plan florida to virginia and back

To help you make sense of all of Maryland Mist's links, which seem to be in no particular order, and some of which are incorrect:

http://www.history.org/ is the link to one of Colonial Williamsburg's websites.

http://historyisfun.org/ is the link to information about Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement, where the recreated Powhatan Indian Village, ships, and fort are.

I would add http://www.nps.gov/colo/index.htm which has information about the Colonial Parkway, which links Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown Battlefield.

http://www.bgw.com/ is a link to a website for an amplifier company. I think MM meant this one: http://www.buschgardens.com/BGW/ which is the Busch Gardens Williamsburg (theme park) website.

http://watercountryusa.com/wc/ is the website for Water Country USA, a waterpark in Williamsburg, associated with Busch Gardens.

http://www.frontiermuseum.org/ is for a museum in Staunton, VA, near Skyline Drive.

http://www.luraycaverns.com/ is for Luray Caverns, in the Shenandoah Valley near Skyline Drive.

http://www.virginia.org/Caverns/ is about caverns in Virginia. The virginia.org website has a lot of information for travelers in Virginia.

http://www.visitcharlottesville.org/ and http://wikitravel.org/en/Charlottesville are about Charlottesville, VA, home of the University of Virginia, which Thomas Jefferson founded, and also home to Jefferson at Monticello, Ashlawn-Highland, home of another American president (Monroe), and several thriving wineries.

http://nczoo.org/visit/directions.html is a link to a zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina.

http://savannahvisit.com/ links to visitor info about Savannah, Georgia.

http://carytownva.org/ should be http://carytownrva.org/ ; together with http://www.carytown.com/ provides info about a dining/shopping district within Richmond, VA.

http://82ndairbornemuseum.com/ should be http://82ndairbornedivisionmuseum.com/ which is a link to a museum at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/ is in Atlanta, GA, as is http://www.cnn.com/tour/atlanta/

Whew! I'll be happy to try to answer any questions you may have about Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle (Jamestown, WIlliamsburg, Yorktown). Have fun with all the planning!

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3. Re: help with road trip plan florida to virginia and back

Hi Marylandmist & Zoey1996

Whew! indeed.

We are always amazed by the fantastic people out there on TA.

Will have to spend several days maybee A week going through your lists.

Obviously the Busch Gardens link caught my daughters eye straight away and We didnt even know there were caves in the area.

Will post again when we have a rough itinerary.

Thanks again for taking the time



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4. Re: help with road trip plan florida to virginia and back

Good morning,

Since others have addressed the more urban parts of your trip, I'll chime in on the "small towns, history, meuseums, quirky places and great food" part.

Just a quick correction- there are no caves in the Williamsburg area, but in northwestern Virginia there are.

We are great lovers of Williamsburg, but small town, it's not, lol.

As you plan your journey inland, there are some neat quirky small town places that you would probably enjoy.

If you like driving but dislike bumper to bumper traffic, then I would advise you avoid more populated travel routes like interstate 95 north of Fredericksburg, Virginia and stick to the road less traveled.

Leaving Williamsburg, there are numerous routes to take.

You can travel up route 5 between Williamsburg and Richmond and visit the James River Plantations http://www.jamesriverplantations.org/

or you could take the Scotland-Jamestown ferry west across the James River to route 31 and route 460 and head west from there.

A great place to eat on 460 is the Virginia Diner in Wakefield (great southern Virginia food)


or you could take interstate 64 and miss all the history and catch the traffic, especially on Friday - Sunday. 64 is the main artery through all of Williamsburg/Newport News/Hampton Roads/Norfolk and on weekends in summer it is full of beach traffic.

Hey, can you tell i hate traffic?

I have lived in Norfolk, grew up in Northern VA and lived for 6 years in Richmond as an adult and that is why I live in a quiet rural/small town area.

We do visit these places, but we carefully pick our times to minimize the chaos.

Now for rural/small town gems:

Red Hill, home and burial place of founding father Patrick Henry (the Voice of the American Revolution): http://www.redhill.org/index.html

Actually, this is a good contrast with the James River Plantations as Henry retired here and raised a family here, but it is not a Tidewater Virginia plantation but more of a frontier plantation. Henry called this area the "garden spot of Virginia"- his home rests on a plateau with a lovely view of the Staunton River Valley and visitors have the run of the whole grounds.

You can tour the house and his legal office and sit under the trees that he did. You can walk to the African American cemetery, you can see the cabins that his slaves lived in, and unless you are here on July 4 you may have the whole place to yourselves or perhaps one or two other people.

There are restrooms, a museum complete with movie, and a gift shop.

This is a wonderful place to spend the 4th of July- perhaps 4,000 people (max) come on that afternoon for the food, the living history, the bluegrass music, the visit with "Patrick Henry" as he gives his "Give Me Liberty of Give Me Death" speech and reads the Declaration of Independence.

This is small town America and we still do that here to remember the importance of that day, the sacrifices that the signers made, and remember it is our job in protecting our freedoms for the generations still to come.

Of course we have fireworks too.

This year it was a little drizzly/rainy, there were perhaps 600 people there, but the rain cleared out and it was a wonderful evening. Cost is $10 a car to get in for the day.

Red Hill is in the Brookneal, Virginia area.


Brookneal is a small town on the banks of the Staunton River, and owes it's founding to Patrick Henry.

People like to canoe and kayak and fish in the river.

We have a wonderful diner called the drug store grill:


Nearby Red Hill is also San Soucy Vineyards, one of the vineyards on the Southern Virginia Wine trail http://www.sovawinetrail.com/

This Saturday is the Shrimp and Wine Festival at San Soucy as well as Day in the Town for Brookneal, so we are looking forward to having a grand time this weekend!

There are ten vineyards on the wine trail, many within 20 minutes of Brookneal.

A great place to stay in the southern Virginia area is the Berry Hill Plantation http://www.berryhillestate.com/

Yes, you can actually spend the night at this historic plantation and enjoy fine accommodations and dining. They have a spa as well.

I hope you have fun planning your trip, and do hope you'll find time to enjoy our fine warm hospitality here in southern Virginia.

Have a safe trip!

Edited: 08 September 2011, 15:27
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5. Re: help with road trip plan florida to virginia and back

Hi JT_1837

Once again we are amazed at you great folk out there on TA

love the tips on avoiding the traffic snarl ups - weve experienced Atlanta and Houston so get where your comming from.

The little Ma & Pa restaurants you reccomend are right up our street and the vineyards look fantastic,we will definetely be checking those out !

we wish we were over there this weekend to check out your festivals....

with luck there will be something similar on when we are there.

Thanks again for all the ideas and enjoy your weekend



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7. Re: help with road trip plan florida to virginia and back

Try the Northern Neck of Virginia - the peninsula between the Potomac & Rappahannock Rivers, or in the upper corner of Virginia between 95 & 64. Very little traffic, small towns galore and a laid back way of life. Rural, with some amenities if you want them. Birthplace of Robert E. Lee & George Washington for the history buff. Let me know if you need more info - northernneck.org or nntc@northernneck.org, or 804.333.1919

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Get off I 95 at Exit 98 at Santee, SC and go W on Highway 6 to the 1st street on your left which is Britain. Turn left and go to Maurice's for good BBQ. Get off I 95 at Exit 98 and go W on Highway 6. Take a right on State Park Road and go to Lonestar BBQ for good southern food. Clark's Inn and Restaurant is a very fine place to spend the night and have breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Maurice's Gourmet BBQ @ 263 Britain St, Santee, SC 803 - 854 - 3889.


Lonestar BBQ @ 2212 State Park Rd., Santee, SC. 803 - 854 - 2000


Clark's Inn and Restaurant @ 114 Bradford Boulevard, Santee, SC 803 - 854 - 2101.


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9. Re: help with road trip plan florida to virginia and back

Just thought I would share our plans for a January roadtrip adventure from Pa to Florida, cruise then back again.

We plan to take 301 through Upper Marlboro taking the bridge into Virginia. If the weather is nice we will detour to George Washington Birtholace, Westmoreland State Park and Strafford Hall on route 3, continuing to Tappahanock to 360 to Richmond.

Spend time in Richmond exploring civil war sites and city. (we have already seen Petersburg, but would suggest a stop there).

Continue south to North Carolina, hopping off I95 in search of bar-b-que. Thinking of Parkers in Wilson along with a whirlygig search.

Continue on I95 S. or 301 if we get bored through South Carolina (probably getting drawn in to South of the Border) Will check out the suggested bar-b-que places,

We have been to Charleston and Savannah and would recommend stopping there and taking the pretty route between.

For us we are heading for Ga. Probably stopping in Darien and then going to St Simons Island to climb lighthouse, continueing to pick up A1A in Fla to get to St Augustine.

We'll continue down to Ormond Beach and to Fort Lauderdale and cruise.

On our way back we're stopping at Jekyll Island, Ga (got a great deal on Jekyll Island Club) for two days.There is a neat book called the I95 excit guide that has suggestions for off beat things to see.

A big loop of the coastal side then cut over to the skyline drive and blueridge parkway would be great

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10. Re: help with road trip plan florida to virginia and back

Hi NorthernNeck, Axel & mountainmarie

Thanks for the suggestions - much apreciated .

We are working on our route plan, which is why we havent posted for a month or so, and prior to reading these i thought i had it pretty much down.

Oh well we may just have to extend the trip by a few days.

Its looking like we will be flying into Orlando on 27th June collecting a car and heading north for an overnight in St Augustine before driving onto Savannah for the 28th (my wifes 40th birthday and the reason for the trip).

Plan on spending two or three nights hopefully in a good hotel or B&B.

Do some exploring trolly tours and ghost walk and some great meals.

After this its still a work in progress but as soon as we have fleshed it out i'll post a route on here for you all to take A look.



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