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Old 02-22-2013   #1
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Howdy all!

Im getting married next month and we have decided on a relatively non-planned driving trip honeymoon. We will be leaving San Antonio on a Sunday and plan to spend 3 days or so in Gatlinburg, TN touring the Smokey Mountaions before heading back to Texas. We have 11 days planned for this trip, that is to say that we need to be in Gatlinburg on Friday and leave Sunday being back home on Wednesday. We would like to stay off the main interstates as much as possible and out of the main tourist type stops for the most part.
General route is sorta like this,San Antonio to New Orleans, LA, then on to Destin, Fl over to Jacksonville and up to Savanah Ga. Then on to Charleston SC, up to Gatlinburg TN, then take a more northerly route home, to Jacksonville, MS, Natchez, Ms, over to Alexandria, LA and finally back home to our little city by the sea of Palacios.

We both like photography and in general experiencing new things and enjoy meeting real small town American folks.
So here is my question to you, is anybody familiar with any of these areas that can recommend any must see things, things to do, places to eat, places to avoid

Our schedule is fairly flexible the first week since we have five days or so before needing to be in Gatlinburg, other than that we are pretty flexible and the destinations that are listed are just for a general route outline.

Thanks!

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If you are getting to the Smokies, you should consider taking the Blue Ridge Parkway out of the park northward as far as you can. It is one of America's great roadways. You can get off of it at any time and return to your original plan. The BRP runs from the Smokies in North Carolina to Shenandoah in Virginia, some 469 miles, plus an extra 105 miles in Shenandoah by way of the Skyline Drive.
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Congratulations! With that said, out of Charleston SC, go about 4 hours NE on Rt 17 to Wilmington, NC - beautiful town with a lot of antibellum homes and a nice city park (w/swamp) downtown. Lots of potential photo ops. Also, before you leave JAX FL, visit (and walk) St. Augustine and pack your camera; well worth the extra time. Beyond that, I second what Kim said about the Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive.

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Between Savannah and Charleston check out Beaufort SC. Take the horse and wagon tour for a good overview and a bit of history. Look very hard at staying right downtown in both Savannah and Charleston. IMHO you will miss a lot of the ambiance by staying outside of the old town. We took a dolphin tour from Tybee Island which is just outside Savannah which we thoroughly enjoyed. Read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (a true story) before visiting Savannah. IMHO Hilton Head is over rated unless you are staying there and are a golfer. If you go to Lady and Sons (Paula Deen) in Savannah skip the buffet at lunch time.

Both Savannah and Charleston offer tours which are worth taking to get a good overview and some history.
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One other thing, in Savannah, if you can get in, try Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House at lunch. It is family style and not open for dinner. It is busy!!!
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Sorry, but I keep remembering things. In Beaufort, eat at the Beaufort Inn. If they still offer it, have the banana pudding for dessert.
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Go check out downtown Fernandina Beach In Amelia Island and also check out St Augustine area.
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While in Charleston but sure to see Magnolia Plantation and Gardens...it is absolutely beautiful and offers a variety of things to see and do on the grounds. Middleton Place is another picturesque garden with beautiful grounds.
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I appreciate it!
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If you enjoy traditional Country, Bluegrass, and Old-Time music you may want to go a little further north and check out The Crooked Road -- Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.

www.thecrookedroad.org


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