South USA roadtrip in 4 weeks, low budget. Some help is welcome!
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 12, 2013 8:18 PM Last Post By: smartcookiee
May 11, 2013 8:04 AM
South USA roadtrip in 4 weeks, low budget. Some help is welcome!Hi,
We are a couple that are in our late twenties. We have to go to in the winter (probably November). Because of our work we have to stay at home in summer.
Our original thought was to go from Miami to Los Angeles, or the other way around. But we might change this if neccesary! Or do only a part of this.
We want to hire or buy a car.
Our main interests are:
- nature/wild life
- visit farm/ranches
- horseback riding (single days or more days)
- music: country, blues, ska-rock
- get the feeling of the south
But we also want to relax at the beach (would like to go to Long Beach. Preverable at the end of our holiday) and like to visit a concert. What is really important to me, is that the weather is nice (20 degrees or up). I know that this makes it really difficult.
So I hope you guys can help us out a bit.
May 11, 2013 3:35 PM
1A few suggestions:
1. Florida - take an airboat tour of the Everglades or drive across Alligator Alley to Florida's west coast.
2. To experience what most Americans would call the south, you can stop off somewhere in Alabama or Mississippi and have hamhocks , catfish, okra and black eyed peas, or some great barbeque.
3. (the start of the southwest) Texas - take a tour of the King Ranch
4. Take a mule tour at the Grand Canyon.
5. For concerts in the L.A./ Orange County CA areas, the best places to see concert calendars are either the L.A. Weekly or The O.C. Weekly, online or in print.
6. For beaches for tourists, hit Huntington Beach or go north to Santa Monica or Malibu. Long Beach is basically a shipping port with associated contamination.
May 12, 2013 1:19 AM
2I lived in three places in this part of the U.S. for several years. The weather is not very predictable in November. Many times, it is nice. I recommend you travel near U.S. Highway 98 and only use I-10 (Interstate Highway 10) if you must. If you visit smaller towns, you will get a lot of southern culture. There are many things to do. These are the things I liked the most when I traveled there. I do not mention obvious places, like New Orleans. I hope you do not spend too much money or time in Orlando. Be very careful at highway rest stops, especially at night. You need to stay together. Other than that, you'll have a great time.
1. Beautiful beaches from Panama City Florida to Orange Beach Alabama.
2. Montgomery Alabama and Selma Alabama. You can learn about these important cities during the civil rights movement.
2. Lambert's restaurant, Foley Alabama. Very fun and the food is very southern.
3. Southern Louisiana, Houma Louisiana. This is a very interesting area to drive around in. Here is where the land meets the sea, but it is not a beach.
4. Lafayette, Louisiana. The home of Cajun Culture. Great food, great music. This is a good place to be on a weekend. Try some boudin (boo-dan).
5. Take a trip to Memphis. You can go up Highway 61. Visit the home of Elvis, Sun Studios, the Peabody ducks, great barbecue and a lot of music. When you are in Mississippi, you can also learn about the Natchez indians.
6. Visit a plantation mansion. Oak Alley in Vacherie, LA is a classic. You can go across the road and walk up the levee to see the Mississippi River.
If you want something to help get ready for your trip, listen to some of this: Jerry Clower (comedian), Buddy Guy (music), Dan Baird (music), Beausoleil (music), Buckwheat Zydeco (music), Hank Williams (music), and Jimmy Buffett (music)-especially his music from the early 70s.
May 12, 2013 8:23 AM
Based on your interests, I would do this rough route.
Some stretches may be cold, but come prepared and you'll be fine.
May 12, 2013 3:52 PM
4I love the natural areas of Florida. Here are some ideas you may not have heard of.
Kayak the Loxahatchee National Wild and Scenic River. You can rent kayaks near Jupiter, Florida. Half or full day paddles.
Myakka River State Park. Near Sarasota, Florida. An enormous state park lousy with alligator. There are cabins to rent here built in the 1930s as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Very beautiful, good hiking.
One of my favorite areas of the US is the Springs of Central Florida. They are spread throughout the region. Great snorkeling and swimming, but they are cold water (water temperature remains the same throughout the year). Juniper Spring and Salt Spring in Ocala National Forest, Blue Spring State Park, Wekiva, Rock Spring at Kelly Park, they are all gorgeous.
May 12, 2013 8:18 PM
5Weather in November is much more likely to be suited for beach time in south Florida than anywhere else in the US including California. You can do a week between Miami, Everglades and Key West. Given your interests, I would then suggest driving to New Orleans, then Memphis and Nashville, and checking out some of the south that way. Based on what you listed, there is no need to go to California unless you will have extra time.
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