15 day roadtrip in the South
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Feb 22, 2013 7:38 PM Last Post By: tilos
Feb 17, 2013 3:53 PM
15 day roadtrip in the SouthMy husband and I are thinking of moving to the South and are going on a 15 day roadtrip in early April to get a feel for a few locations. I would love suggestions for what we should see in each place - I'm not really sure how best to get to know a place when you only have a couple days. Here's the location list:
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
Feb 17, 2013 6:44 PM
Feb 17, 2013 7:21 PM
2Without knowing anything about what interests you, I can say that I'd sooner throw myself through a plate-glass window than live in Houston, Jacksonville, or Tampa (maybe Tampa). How did you come up with this list of very different cities in very different regions? Why not, say, Atlanta, Asheville, Memphis, or one of the college towns (Athens, Oxford, Tuscaloosa, etc.)?
PS--most people would not consider Tampa, or Houston for that matter, "the South" as it used culturally. Jacksonville makes it in only due to pandhandle proximity.
Feb 17, 2013 8:04 PM
3I dont understand what your needs are for these places? Charleston is not exactly cheap, Savannah is rather different than Charleston on many levels. I dont see what in the work Jacksonville is even in the mix, and for that matter, Tampa/St Pete, thats Florida, not the south, its condos, hotels, family beaches and old people all together. New Orleans is on its own orbit unlike anything else in the south, and Houston Texas, well heck, why not Dallas, Austin San Antonio, or even Atlanta?
I would nix all of Florida, though Winter Park is old Florida IMO, but not the south. I would not consider Texas overall, anything like the rest of the list, and most its cities mentioned are HUGE in comparison to a Charleston or Tampa.
Why not Asheville NC, or Greenville SC, Nashville TN, or even Charlotte?
You dont mention lifestyle, interest, proximity to education, medical or the arts, muchless hobbies, like golf, tennis, fishing, sailing, hiking or beaches...?????????
There is more south in St Louis than most of Florida...
Feb 17, 2013 8:07 PM
4Oh, if you have the means, Charleston would be my pick, then Asheville area, then Nashville/Lexington KY areas...the college towns mentioned are one dimensional IMO...nice, but would get old.
Feb 17, 2013 8:50 PM
Feb 18, 2013 3:06 AM
6Sorry! In aiming for brevity I guess I ended up leaving some essentials out. A little more info about us: we're in our late 20s, and have both only lived in California. I finish residency in a little over a year, and we're looking for something new. The South appeals to us because it has a very different culture from CA, but we're open to anywhere that would feel like a big change. The list of cities was generated by posters on the city-data forum in response to asking for cities that are coastal, warm, fairly cheap to live in, friendly, and have good food. Our interests are mostly stuff at home - movies, books, our dogs - but we also love great food, swimming, beaches, and music/going to concerts.
I'd love to hear both specific suggestions for things to see and do in each city, and also more general suggestions on how to get as much of a sense as possible for what a place is like in a couple days (go to grocery stores? malls? drive around neighborhoods?).
Feb 18, 2013 6:28 AM
7Houston is a big LA only hotter, less culturally interesting, gated suburbs and traffic from hell, so like LA without a ocean.
Tampa/St Pete is actually pleasant, though lacking in much interesting culture, its retired people and family owned condos all up and down the coast. Old St Pete is nice, otherwise, its just a city in florida that is tacky IMO, if didnt have an ocean and a bay/marina, it would be nothing IMO, lost of great fishing, and many outdoor sports. Its is cheap to live there too.
Savannah is a small town in comparison, basically a quaint port that has a historic, and touristy downtown district.
Charleston is gorgeous in comparison to all the above. But its not cheap to live in town, not to mention it is very touristy too.
Young and in 20's has Asheville written all over it. Also Austin TX...
Nashville is a pretty up n coming scene too...
Feb 18, 2013 7:47 AM
8Yeah, if I were in my late 20s and looking for something in "the South," I would shoot for Austin, Nashville, Asheville, or even Charlotte. I realize that none of those are coastal, but the coastal towns in the South are either quite small and unique and thus may not have a lot of professional opportunities (Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans), or bland, soulless cities that could be anywhere in the US but happen to be in the South (most of the cities in Florida, and I guess Houston, though none of these is the "South" culturally).
I think you will have to decide how important it is that you are on or close to the coast and have access to beaches. That seems to be a key component in the cities you have chosen, but it really limits you in terms of places to go.
Feb 18, 2013 11:04 AM
9You are missing a whole bunch of places that are great places to live: Richmond, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem, even Norfolk/Hampton Roads. These places have thriving and varied economies, affordable housing, vibrant cultural scenes and huge medical centers.
I love, love Asheville but really, it is a hard place to live. Relatively more expensive than other places and geographically semi-isolated and the economy is rooted in tourism. Sort of near Charlotte, but that's about it. I lived in Southwest Virginia, Richmond, and Southside Virginia for a total of seven years, and I would return to Richmond or the Raleigh area (or Durham) in a heartbeat. They are so livable and represent the best of the South without being mainly tourist destinations. Sure, they have their seedy side, but so what? I now live someplace with NO seedy side and I don't love it. I find it somewhat tiring to be around rich people all the time. I thought I would love living in Asheville but while I think it is a great place to visit, I'm not sure I'd want to live there.
Reading your list of requirements I recommend Richmond or the Research Triangle in North Carolina. (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill)
Feb 19, 2013 11:22 AM
Feb 22, 2013 7:38 PM
Lol, I'll give you that Houston is ugly, but the food is superior to Los Angeles. That being said, although beaches may look to be nearby, they aren't worth going to. Take smartcookiee's suggestion and continue on to Austin.
For places to live in, I'm with travelingtrixie--I'd return to Durham in a heartbeat. It has, no particular order: perfect climate (4 seasons!), 4 hour drive to pretty beaches, fabulous hiking in the area, very good local food, and an acceptable sized airport nearby.
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