Its summer break for the U.S. which means…travel time! As a family, we love to travel where ever we can, whenever we can. In fact, we are preparing for a trip to Ireland! We’ve never been and this is my son’s first overseas vacation so it’s all very exciting. I’m sure I’m going to return from Ireland with plenty of ideas for new books.
Since we moved to the Southern U.S. and away from family, we’ve found ourselves traveling more often. So, I thought I’d share our favorite southern towns we’ve visited within the last few years.
There’s something dangerous and dark about Savannah, Georgia. Perhaps it’s the hidden tunnels underneath the city, or the fact that it was a favorite place for pirates! This city is full of history; beautiful squares surrounded by historical homes. And not far from the city you’ll find Fort Pulaski (a fort used during the Civil War), along with plenty of beautiful beaches.
Last Thanksgiving we visited Charleston, S.C., founded in the late 1600s. This is another amazingly beautiful historical city overflowing with historical homes. Make sure to visit Rainbow Row, an area where the wealthiest Victorians lived (and where the wealthy still live; you’ll need more than a couple million to reside here). Like Savannah, Charleston has many beautiful beaches within 15-20 mins by car.
St. Augustine in Florida is the oldest continuously occupied city (founded by Europeans) in the U.S. Walk through the downtown area and you’ll feel like you’re in a Pirate’s of the Caribbean movie. Outside the city limits you’ll find the Fountain of Youth; or at least what the infamous Ponce De Leon thought was the fountain of youth. Funny story… when we visited a couple years ago my son was very reluctant to drink the water because he was worried he wouldn’t get older and he’d have to stay in school forever. There is also an amazing fort, lighthouse with a great views, and some beautiful beaches!
How about you? Tell me some of your favorite places to vacation!