Southeast Vacations

The sky is the limit if you are planning a southeast getaway. Whether you want to learn about a lost city in Virginia, brush up on your news reporting skills in Atlanta or dig your feet in the sand along the shore, there is a southeast travel destination for you.

Atlanta, Ga.
There are many things to do in Atlanta for everyone in the family. If you can imagine it, you will find it at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta. Your kids can open, splash, draw and paint with other children and adults at this imagination station in the heart of Atlanta's downtown area. If you have a soda lover in the group, visit the World of Coca-Cola, where you will learn about the history and future of this famous refreshing treat. This is the only spot you can view the largest collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia and have the opportunity to sample the 70 different flavors they have to offer.

Head over to Centennial Olympic Park, where you will see this 21-acre legacy from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games featuring the Fountain of Rings and special shows every day. The fun doesn't stop there. Cool down along the Chattahoochee River on an authentic paddle wheel riverboat or catch a ride on the Chattahoochee Trolley to raft, canoe, kayak or tube.

Mom and dad can enjoy some alone time learning about Margaret Mitchell, the Gone With the Wind author. You can tour the Tudor Revival mansion in Midtown where she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Hit the greens at one of the 71 public courses, 14 semi-private and 48 private courses in the metro area. Test your skills at one of the championship links including Chateau Élan Winery & Resort, Stone Mountain Park and Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Charleston, S.C.
A southeast vacation must include a stop in Charleston, S.C. This historical "Holy City" has endured earthquakes, fires, hurricanes and war in its more than 300 year old history, but it has remained one of South Carolina's beautiful and historic treasures. Stroll through the streets by foot or ride by horse-drawn carriage to view the 73 pre-Revolutionary buildings, 136 late 18th century structures and over 600 other buildings created in the 1840s. You will pass Drayton Hall, a National Trust historic site and the oldest preserved plantation house in America, the Charleston Tea Plantation, America's only commercial tea farm and Cabbage Row, which served as the inspiration for "Catfish Row" in the Dubose Heyward story, "Porgy." Stop at Mepkin Abbey and Gardens, where you can tour a working monastery and view the picturesque gardens.

Outer Banks, N.C.
If you want to include relaxation and sun in your southeast getaway, plan a stop in the Outer Banks. Catch some rays along the 130 mile coast of islands, where you can surf, swim and fly a kite. Visit one of the area's four lighthouses and climb to the top of two of them for amazing views of the coast below. If your kids are animal lovers, head to Pea Island, home to the National Wildlife Refuge. If you follow Cape Hatteras National Seashore south and hop on a ferry, you will find yourself at the small village of Ocracoke, where it is believed Blackbeard the pirate once roamed.

Unleash your inner historian when you learn about the curious disappearance of colonists on Roanoke Island at the Lost Colony exhibit or check out the first flight at Kitty Hawk, displayed at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

Nashville, Tenn.
Don't forget your cowboy hat and boots when you make a stop in Nashville, Tenn. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, this southeast getaway is the center of musical heritage in Tennessee. Visit the Ryman Auditorium, also called the "Mother Church of Country Music" or the Grand Ole Opry, where country music's new stars, superstars and legends congregate live on stage. If you're more of a history nut, Nashville has one of the oldest working state capitals and a variety of historic trails and battlefields. If there is a daredevil in the group, visit the Nashville Superspeedway, a 1.33-mile concrete track that features two NASCAR Busch Series races, IRL Racing and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

A romantic getaway can feature a relaxing ride down the Cumberland River aboard the General Jackson Showboat or a visit to the Jack Daniel and George Dickel whiskey distilleries,.

Williamsburg, Va.
Most famous for its historic Colonial Williamsburg, this southeast travel destination is the perfect spot for history lovers, adrenaline seekers or those ready for a relaxing trip to the spa. Tour the 301 acres presenting 88 original buildings and hundreds of other homes, shops and public buildings from America's past.

The historic site includes the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Check out a colonial arsenal at The Magazine, where you can practice musket-firing demonstrations and drills. Make sure you stay to listen to the militia playing the fife and drums. After your day of history lessons, relax at the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, where you can experience a historical treatment dating back five centuries. Healing treatments include practices from the Native Americans, English settlers, African Americans and immigrants from around the world.

When you are ready for a change of pace, bring the family to Busch Gardens Europe, where you experience the beauty of the gardens and the thrill of the amusement rides. The park was named the "World's Most Beautiful Theme Park" and is home to 50 rides and attractions, stage shows, delectable cuisine and world-class shops.

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