Are you looking forward to getting out of the house for Spring Break but not quite sure where to go this year? Not quite ready to board a plane, train, or cruise ship? Road trips are one of the biggest travel trends in 2022, for obvious reasons, and that's one of the great things about living in Georgia. You can pile your family in the car and drive to premier destinations within hours. Whether you're looking for something with educational value, an outdoor adventure, or a relaxing beach trip, there's something for everyone in bordering states, Tennessee on the north and South Carolina on the east. Hopefully, by the time you get to the end of this article, you'll be ready to pack your bags, climb in the car, and be prepared for your family's big Spring Break adventure.
Tennessee is best known for country music, but there is a rich history and many other sightseeing opportunities.
Nashville has tons of outdoor parks, museums, and theaters that offer fun activities for the whole family, such as the National Museum of African American Music, The Nashville Zoo, and Adventure Science Center. There is excellent shopping at Opry Mills Mall with 200+ stores and themed restaurants like Rainforest Cafe, Aquarium Restaurant, and Claim Jumper Steakhouse. The best time to visit Nashville is from April to October when the warm weather brings this musical city to life.
Memphis, the birthplace of Rock & Roll, is also a great Spring Break destination for families. Once the epicenter of the Civil Rights movement, Memphis presents an excellent opportunity to soak in some American history at the National Civil Rights Museum, Stax Studios Museum, or even just hanging out on the infamous Beale Street, iconic for its role in the country's Blues scene.
If your family is more into adventure and outdoor experiences, check out Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. Fabulous neighboring little mountain towns include Dollywood and family friendly attractions, such as Anaakeesta, an outdoor adventure hub offering zip lining, gondola rides, a treetop play area and more; The Titanic Museum, and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, plus dinner theater shows.
Located on the Atlantic coast, South Carolina offers beaches, cultural festivals, and historical landmarks. Charleston is known for its unique culinary delicacies, beautiful marshlands, colorful streets, and enchanting personality of locals. Charleston is packed with beautiful beaches, historical sites, and fun activities for the entire family. A Lowcountry family vacation has something for everyone to enjoy! Even Oprah vacations in Charleston!
The stunning barrier islands offer miles of pristine beaches with unique charm. Charleston is most beautiful during the spring as flowers start to bloom and decorate the city's streets. March to May is ideal when mild and not stifling hot. Peak tourist season begins around the end of April, so be sure to book in advance to avoid high hotel rates. The Festival of Houses and Gardens is a perfect opportunity to visit the inside of Charleston's iconic properties that is otherwise only seen in movies.
Myrtle Beach is fun and affordable with a great mix of entertainment for travelers of all ages. With over 60 miles of beautiful beaches, there is no shortage of water or fun. Learn to surf, try paddleboarding, or search for marine life while snorkeling; non-ocean swimmers will have no trouble finding a heated pool or waterslide for the kids. Those preferring to avoid the water altogether will enjoy dinner shows like Medieval Times and Pirate's Voyage, as well as mini-golf parks and pop-up amusement parks on just about every corner.
The hardest part is deciding where to go. Whether you opt for a historical tour or a sunny beach getaway, I hope it's everything you imagine. After the past two years, we deserve some excitement and fun away from home. Remember to wear your masks and practice social distancing. These are only suggestions. Use your best judgment for what is ideal for your family.
Kristen Wright Matthews is a wife, mom of C. J. (14) and Kollin (5), an entrepreneur, and an author who enjoys writing, reading, and road-tripping with her family. A native of Los Angeles, she resides in Atlanta.