Im from Ireland and my friend & I (both 27) are going to drive down the East Coast from Richmond (VA) to Key West (FL) in Dec & Jan for 2weeks!! We want to drive down the coastal roads as much as possible, to experience the east coast; we’ll stay mostly in motels and treat ourselves to a few nice hotels along the way! We fly out of Miami early Jan.
We fly into Richmond, renting a car and plan to drive to the ‘Outer Banks’ – We’d like to take our time going round, would it take a full day? I’m sure it’ll be cold but are we nuts going out there in winter, are there places even open?
We have 3/4 days to play with from Richmond to Savannah (we’d like to be in Savannah for New Year – I’ve heard it’s an amazing place) – does anybody have any suggestions of where we should stop for a few hours or towns to stay overnight between Richmond & Savannah? I’ve heard that there is a ‘swamp’ in Savannah and you can go out on it in a boat?
After New Year we’ll head down along the Florida coast line – again what places should we spend a few hours in and what places would be good to stay overnight?
St. Augustine – is supposed to be a beautiful place. We want to go to the Alligator Farm, Fort Lauderdale and of course Fountain of Youth (in the hope of keeping us forever young)
Miami – is this a place to just stay for a day & night - I’ve heard it’s just a strip of bars with a beach?
Keys- Would 3 days be long enough to go down to Key West & back up to Miami?
We were thinking of maybe buying a little fridge that hooks up to the car to chill some drinks & sandwiches (so we don’t have to eat out the whole time) – does anybody know if these can be bought cheaply if so where’s the best shop to buy them?
As you can tell we need all the HELP we can get with our road trip or we’ll end up missing out on all the impressive sights the east coast has to offer, any suggestions that anybody has will be very much appreciated.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!