Im in the very early stages of planning a road trip with my wife and son. We're hoping to be heading to the U.S. in late September - however work commitments might push the trip back to the following Spring time, late May early June. Im planning the trip for September though.
My son will be around 2 years old so we're looking for short drives between places and a direct flight from the UK therefore we'll be flying from Manchester to Atlanta (about 9 hours direct) and will be landing mid afternoon. The outline of my plan is this:
Day 1 - land mid afternoon - either stay near the airport or drive 3.5 hours to Savannah.
Day 2 - Savannah
Day 3 - Drive 2 hours to Charlston, spend half a day there then drive 2 more hours to Myrtle Beach
Day 4 - Drive 1.5 hours to Wilmington for breakfast then 4 hours to Raleigh
Day 5 - Drive into Virginia, possibly to Richmond. I was thinking we could visit some historical sights around and about then stop for the night. Any suggestions for this would be welcome
Day 6 - Monticello, Charlottesville
Day 7 - Get on the Blue Ridge Parkway - should be go higher than Charlottesville to join it? I was planning 3 or even 4 days to drive this to the Smokey Mountains with time for lots of stops, photography and some short walks if there are any available - obviously we won't be able to hike with our son.
Day 10/11 - Smokey Mountains - 3 days here? Again we're looking for some little towns to visit or nice scenic drives. Our days probably won't be very long so it would be good to have a base we can see quite a lot from without having to drive hours.
Back to the airport!
Its a bit sketchy at the moment - I haven't managed to look too much into exactly where i want to stop. Im a history buff so Id like to visit a battle ground, plantation, sites of significance etc while my wife is basing her list off Nicholas Sparks novels!!
Any help or suggestions are welcome. I used the site when planning a Canadian road trip in 2013 and found the advice so useful.