Summer Road Trip to the Southern States
Replies: 17 - Last Post: May 5, 2012 3:22 PM Last Post By: MGMInnkeeper
Apr 8, 2012 11:22 AM
Summer Road Trip to the Southern StatesHi! I am a female and looking into road tripping from Ontario, Canada down to the southern states when I turn 21 next summer. I would like to spend some time in Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. What I want to know is information about these places, any tips or advice for a female who will most likely be travelling solo if she can't find someone to go with by then. Money estimates? Places to stay and things to see? Is the summer a good time to go or would it be better any other time of year?
Any information is welcome, I am merely in the beginning stages of planning this trip.
Apr 8, 2012 12:16 PM
1I've just looked up a potential route:
Start from my home town in Ontario;
1) Pass through Syracuse, NY and continue down to Atlanta, GA
2) Continue across to Monroe, LA
3) Then across further to Dallas, TX
4) Down to Austin, TX
5) Back across through Houston, TX to Baton Rouge, LA
6) Keep going to New Orleans, LA
7) Up and across to Montgomery, AL
8) Continue to Savannah, GA
9) Go back up North to my home town
Edited by: postcardsmiles
Apr 8, 2012 3:24 PM
2The more you like outdoor activities, the more you may want to consider another time of year. New Orleans in the summer (where you will likely walk around a lot)? Ugh - not for me. But some people love hot humid weather. How could anyone here know what you prefer?
Spend some time in the "destinations" section (tab at the top) and see what each city or state has to offer. Otherwise you're just going where other people tell you to go. Who wants that?
Apr 8, 2012 4:14 PM
3Well I did check the above mentioned states and the only one that told me about weather was Texas - it said late February to April is best (my birthday isn't until May, though).
I do like outdoor activities, though. Would the middle of May still be nice enough, or would that be pushing it?
And really, I would like to hear people's opinions on what they like about each place - I'm open to suggestions! I would especially like to see some historical sites and go to some good places with live music or perhaps dancing.
Apr 8, 2012 5:16 PM
4I see - now I understand the timing. When you say "next summer" do yo mean 2012 or 2013? You're on the right track for music with Austin and New Orleans. If you want to get some background feel for New Orleans - have you seen Treme? It's an HBO series and should be easy to find on DVD. With interests in music and history, you may enjoy it.
I'm not trying to be difficult - I just can't define "nice" weather for you. The search term to check things out is "climate", such as here:
Humidity in NO can be awful, so I picked that city for an example. I would definitely seek out other young women's opinion on personal safety - NO definitely has some rough spots. SInce you're in Savannah, you could also consider Charleston, SC. Consider Floyd, VA for music - I got that tip reading other people's posts. You should too if you want to pick up little things you may not have even thought to ask about. Trip Advisor is great for loads of opinions/reviews about specific sites to visit.
Hope that helps a little.
Apr 8, 2012 8:16 PM
Apr 8, 2012 9:46 PM
7I mean 2013, yes, and I will look into Treme! I was thinking about Charleston, SC, as well! With the loop I do, there are a lot of places I could easily add to my itinerary without breaking a sweat.
Thank you for your help and advice pizwat :)
Also, good link bzookaj! and I hope it will be a blast, aspeaks!
Apr 9, 2012 2:00 AM
Apr 9, 2012 5:25 AM
Apr 9, 2012 5:38 AM
10If you're going to be in Savannah, you have to go to Charleston, SC. A better destnation than any place on your list except New Orleans, and only an hour from Savannah.
Are there particular reasons for going to Atlanta, Monroe, Dallas, Houston, and Montgomery? I've only been to Atlanta and Houston and they are OK if (a) you're visiting friends, as I was or (b) you have to break a journey somewhere, as I also was on a couple of trips to Atlanta. But most people woudn't rate those places as destinations.
How did you decide on Georgia and Texas (and not, say, Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and Virginia)?
Apr 9, 2012 7:40 PM
11I'm going to be honest here and say that part of the reason I'm hooked on these places is because I have really gotten into the "setting" of True Blood - the small towns, local bars, history of the homes and that area. I know how it sounds - it's just a TV show! It has been dramatized - but really, that is what got me interested in the southern states.
What's more is that, for some reason, I feel like these states stand out to me as very historical (Louisiana and Georgia, at least - Mississippi is on the way and Texas is altogether another reason... read the recent article on LP about Austin's music scene?)... I don't really know much about these places, though, but I would love to learn about them in person!
Monroe would just be a stop so I can say I've been there (along with some of the other places, just want to see what's up), I don't really know what is there to see. But I'm estimating about 2-3 weeks at leassttttt.
PS; LtWharf - Miami isn't really my "scene" as far as ideal trips go, at this point in my life. Maybe someday!
Apr 9, 2012 8:28 PM
Apr 10, 2012 6:41 PM
13Charleston, SC and Sanannah, GA - especially if you like strolling in public parks and looking at architecture. Were you ever a Girl Scout/Girl Guide? Savannah is the home of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts in the U.S. and 2012 is the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts.
New Orleans is great for food and music. People can get drunk and obnoxious, though, especially on Bourbon St - so if you're a young lady traveling alone, pay attention to your surroundings.
I don't know that Birmingham, AL is worth a special trip, but, if you go, the Civil Rights Museum is quite good.
Apr 11, 2012 7:03 PM
14Thank you, pizwat, that makes me feel a lot better :) It is sad when people don't want to see what's out there, I know some people like that.
I dooo love that, rhythm_blues, thank you! :) And I wasn't a Girl Guide (Cadets, though!) but sounds like a memorable event. Thank you for the tips about New Orleans, I'll be sure to keep that in mind - there are a lot of things to look out for when travelling alone.
Birmingham is kind of out of the way, but I will keep that in mind!! :)
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