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Old 03-05-2016, 04:45 AM
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Ok... I think I may have reached the point of full metal jacket crazy. Taking my kids to DC / Virginia for Spring Break. We are going to fly into DCA and then I have a timeshare for week in Va. to hopefully do some snow skiing if the weather is good for it. If not, we will probably stay in Dc a couple days.

Here's the crazy part. They want to DRIVE back. Here's the crazier part: I agreed. Lol. But I only agreed conditionally.

So now I need an idea as to things to do on the way down. I'm thinking Mt Vernon; Charleston, SC; Savannah, GA?; Atlanta, GA (kids want Coke Factory); St. Augustine (interchangeable with Savannah) and maybe a day in Orlando (we have tix to the parks anyway). I don't habe to do any or all of these. These are just ideas I'm tossing around. Going to get some ideas from AAA also, but figured they ain't got nothing on the THT in-house experts.

I will have 8-9 total days for this trip, excluding the day we land in DC. Kids are 7, 10 and 12.

So, road trip experts - what do you all suggest? Go!
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:43 AM
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"I will have 8-9 total days for this trip, excluding the day we land in DC. Kids are 7, 10 and 12.

So, road trip experts - what do you all suggest? Go!"


I'd suggest a good supply of Valium!
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:49 AM
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Drive the Blue Ridge SW to Asheville ... Lots of interesting things to see ...

Then Head east to Savanna or Charleston ... then down 95 home..

or head to Atlanta after Asheville and take 75 home...

Used to do this with my kids all the time....

Enjoy ...
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If you do Charleston, skip Savannah and do St.Augustine. Savannah is just a smaller version of Charleston but you cannot skip out on Charleston. GREAT PLACE.
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Don't forget to stop at South of the Boarder
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I travel to DC a lot for business so you can PM me if you like and I can prob save you some $ when it comes to staying there.
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I love this idea. Seems like you need to male a choice East or West.

if it where me, I would hug the coast. Head east on Rt 50 from DC (Beep so I can hear you pass). Jump on the bay bring tunnel in to VA beac, hit the the outer banks and catch the ocracoke ferry. Through wilmington and just hug the coast. That said, you are FLA folks, so the novelty may not be there. Go west and make the drive though the Mountains. Lets of great options and I LOVE long road trips. We drive to Maine every summer ash so far we still enjoy the ride (8,10 and 12).


Enjoy the world of Coke (drink the weird one from Italy, NO idea how anyone likes that) but also ht the aquarium. Can't help you once you get south of ATL
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I travel to DC a lot for business so you can PM me if you like and I can prob save you some $ when it comes to staying there.
Awesome advice from all. Thanks. I will certainly PM you for some ideas later today.
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Honk as you come by Easton!
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Old 03-05-2016, 07:09 PM
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DC museums are some of the best in the country.

Snow skiing will be very unlikely as most places in the region close in the next week or 2.....it's supposed to be an unseasonably warm 77 degrees here next week.
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Richmond, VA Exit 78 Buzz an Ned's BBQ. Simply outstanding.
Manning, SC Exit 119 Yummy Japanese. Best fast food on I95 (Hibachi), I get the tenderloin and Shrimp.
Charleston is great.
Atlanta isn't.
St. Augustine has the fountain of youth, at least that why some people went there.

I like the Blue Ridge to Asheville idea. I travel 95 all the time and it all looks the same to me.
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Just got back from Bradenton, Fl. We detoured to Charleston for a few days and it was great and too short a stay. We stayed at the Ansonborough Inn. When we arrived they upgraded our room art no extra charge. The Inn is a repurposed factory with character and class. It was very reasonable. They have a hospitality suite with coffee all day and a DELUXE continental breakfast included. That alone will save you on feeding the kids. It's located within walking distance of the restaurants, the town market, shops, aquarium, tour boats and horse drawn carriage tours. If you do a mini bus tour, they pick you up at the hotel. One warning is that parking is scarce but you really won't want to drive. Sorry for the length post but we loved it and will return soon. Good luck what ever you decide.
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Ok. We're in the middle of the trip(close to the end). Driving south from Williamsburg and now in VA on way to N Carolina on I-95 on way to 85. Anywhere good to stop along the way tonight to do something with the kids. Horse/carriage rides or something "different" would be great. Not likely to get to Charleston on this trip. I will be lucky to get to Charlotte tonight. Suggestions highly appreciated.
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