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Old 01-11-2008, 08:49 PM
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Hi All,

My daughter and I are looking for great ideas for random fun road trip spots in the Mid-Atlantic-ish region. Starting sometime in June, and ending when we run out of funds (which are unfortunately limited). We like shopping for antiques, junk, clothes, yummy foods, coffee...and we like art, culture, sidewalk musicians, amazing landscapes, friendly hardworking people...(my daughter is currently mocking this list). Anyway we need your suggestions! This is a trip suitable for a young adult and a happily married mom. Thanks!
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Old 01-13-2008, 05:50 AM
Location: AmCit in Philippines
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You could try the south (in itself worth the trip) and try the Hurricane route. I was in New Orleans about six months after the hurricane, and was astounded by what I saw (and I work in international war zones). Drive the southern plantation trail and hit the coast and see for yourself what all the talk has been about. Whether you've been to New Orleans (and other affected regions) before, I suspect that there's still a lot to see. It's one thing on TV news, another to see it in person.

Plus, great food, good antiquing, diner-hunting..... I lived in Alabama for a few months and loved just exploring.

Your trip and interests sound like fun!
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Old 01-13-2008, 09:11 AM
Location: Midwest transplant
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The eastern shores of Maryland-St. Michaels, Annapolis, Baltimore- into southern PA-Gettysburg, New Oxford, York, Lancaster, Reading, head towards New Hope/Doylestown and then Philly (Manyunk, Southside) and back into Delaware-Newark (University of Delaware) and Rehobeth Beach. Staying inland and venturing towards the beach/shore area during the day should be okay. Where are you starting from?
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Old 01-14-2008, 04:16 PM
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oh wow - thanks for the ideas! We are heading out of Montgomery County, MD. We are kind of torn too - We want to go to a beach (not Delmarva since we've done that 100's of times) but don't want all the commercialism, or cost. But we'd also be happy to go inland too.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:33 PM
Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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A lot of time Southern Living magazine has suggestions for trips like these. Or pick your subjest like antiques and go to the travel section of the library and get a book with trip suggestions. A good bed and breakfast book would be good for safety's sake. There is a North Carolina magazine that has a lot of suggestions for week end trips. I would think that other states probably have a magazine for their states also.

Wilmington, NC, has a lot of good shopping, according to the things you mentioned.
I have always wanted to get someone to go from the start of the Skyline drive to Cherokee, N. C. I seem to be the only one that wants to do it. There are books that cover the side trips off the Blue Ridge Parkway and gives suggestions for night stays. There are a lot of small towns with crafts and seasonal activities covered in these books. Also, you could write the states you are interested in and have them send you a state map. North Carolina's map has a list of festival and important activities. There are numerous outdoor dramas in our fair state.

I just searched "good vacation for mother and daughter" and came up with a lot of interesting websites. You have to put the quotation marks around the words to get the desired results.

North Carolina: 2007 (http://www.unc.edu/depts/outdoor/dir/states/nc.html - broken link)

Last edited by NCN; 01-15-2008 at 12:20 AM.. Reason: Found a website that listed outdoor dramas
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:53 PM
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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Being a DC native, we used to do these trips alot!!
I second Lancaster, PA - and Amish country. Lots of antiques, home cooked food and definitely on the cheaper side.

This past summer we drove from Hampton Roads (where we live now) to Ft Lauderdale. We stopped in Savannah and absolutely LOVED it. Also, if you have never been to Myrtle Beach - that is an awesome place. It is Disney World on the Beach and close to home. Nothing at all like Ocean City or VA Beach.

If money is limited, I definitely suggest picking places that might be 'touristy' like Philly etc - where you can go and stay in the suburbs, but walk around the town and see everything for free or low cost. OOOHH- how about Ashville, NC (AWESOME antique area) and mosey over to Gatlinburg. Beautiful mountain scenery and countryfied...
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:33 PM
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Charleston, SC. I'm from there so I may be a little biased.
I agree, the Blue Ridge Parkway is beautiful.
Outer Banks of NC are nice but may be a little slower than you want based on what you said.
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Old 01-20-2008, 06:26 PM
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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Stop by Boone and/or Asheville, NC on your way down to Charleston and Savannah.
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Old 01-22-2008, 02:30 PM
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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New York City, Philly, DC, Virginia, North Carolina, Smoky Mountains in TN, South Carolina (Myrtle Beach and Charleston), Savannah (GA), and maybe down Florida's Atlantic coast to Miami and the Keys would be my route.
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:54 AM
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you should vist orbitz.com. it gives great sights for any type of vacation
i would have to reconmend chicago IL or san diego. with what they show it looks nice.

Last edited by mindy249; 11-17-2008 at 11:56 AM.. Reason: needed to add my favorite places
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