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    After spending a few days in Washington we (wife and 15 year old son) want to spend about 5-6 days driving down to Orlando. Any ideas on the best way and any interesting things to see. My initial thoughts are over the Chesapeake Bridge and down through the Outer Banks and then ust bimble down the coast.. Keen to see Savannah and Charleston.
    Would welcome any suggestios or thoughts
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 10-13-2008 at 12:22 PM. Reason: Fixed Typo

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    Default Two Chesapeake Bridges and More

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    There are two Chesapeake bridges, and you would get to do them both! The Chesapeake Bay Bridge crosses from Annapolis (worth a walk-around) to the Eastern Shore and is reached via US-50 from Washington. On the Eastern Shore, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St. Michaels is worth a visit as are the NASA facility at Wallops Island and the Wildlife Refuge at Chincoteague. The second bridge is the more famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel between the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula and the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. As it's name suggests, this one is a combination of bridges, causeways and tunnels and has some pullouts and a restaurant along its length.

    The Outer Banks is great. Besides Kitty Hawk and the beaches, the site of the original English settlement in North America is in the town of Manteo at the northern end is worth a stop. Continue all the way to the southern end (with one short, free ferry ride across Hatteras Inlet) and then take the two and a half hour ferry across Pamlico Sound from Ocracoke to Cedar Island. I think that might cast you $20-25.

    Continuing on the 'ship' theme, the battleship North Carolina is docked in Wilmington, and in Charleston, be sure to visit Patriot's Point. You might also want to see if the CSS Hunley is open to visitors and absolutely take the harbor boat out to Fort Sumter. There are also great walking tours, carriage rides and plantation visits if your wife has gotten her fill of all this 'boy stuff'.

    Savannah is another great historical city, and don't forget St. Augustine FL, the oldest city in the U.S.


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    ...for the great ideas.Really looking forward to it

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