More than ever, now is the time for a safe summer getaway to enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors and discover the timeless beauty of the peaks, valleys, nooks, and corners of the place we call home, the majestic Southeast. American Car Center has some ideas for fun and exploration.
The country’s largest cavern network is deep below the rugged hills of south-central Kentucky. Mammoth Cave National Park encompasses the most visitor-friendly part of the massive cave system. There are more than 400 miles of explored caverns here and Mammoth is known for vast caverns, some several stories high. Fans of hiking and climbing will love the rocky, forested landscape above the caverns which is great for exploring and camping.
On the Southeast Atlantic coast, between Charleston and Savannah, are five Georgia wildlife refuges; watery, thinly populated views of forest and marshland. The refuges are full of wildlife, especially migratory birds and waterfowl. Numerous campgrounds and affordable simple lodgings help to keep costs low. Public beaches are also plentiful.
The spine of the Appalachian Mountains runs along the Virginia-West Virginia border, protecting thousands of square miles of pristine, thinly populated forest land. The natural beauty is stunning and there are many places to explore. The area features the Monongahela, George Washington, and Jefferson National Forests, with Shenandoah National Park nearby. Convenient and affordable, these emerald gems are almost unbeatable for hiking and camping.
Near Gatlinburg, Mississippi, is one of the best-kept secrets of the Smokey Mountains. Nestled in the rolling hills, Place of a Thousand Drips is a waterfall named for the many rocks over which the water must cascade, seemingly leaving it forever dripping. Over an age, the water has carved several paths into the stone, creating the illusion of several small waterfalls. Visitors drive along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail to find the site
The great beach towns of the Gulf Coast are popular with families in summer for their natural white sand beaches and casual charm. The adjoining towns of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama combine for 32 miles of dazzling beaches, water sports, and other outdoor activities and camping areas for a family stay. On the Florida side, Panama City Beach boasts 27 miles of beach, ideal for long walks and people watching from the pier. In addition, hiking, biking, and kayaking are on hand.
If summer driving is more to your speed, you can cruise the Natchez Trace. The 444-mile parkway follows a historical route used by Native Americans and settlers from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. A great deal of the land along the Trace is protected, making for an idyllic drive through lush and rolling hills. If a staycation is what you want, be sure to take advantage of activities in regional parks. Those with a curious bent may want to consider walking tours of landmarks and sites in Southeast’s picturesque and history-filled cities. Richmond, Virginia, Savannah, Nashville, and Delray Beach, Florida, amongst others, are interesting and very walkable.
American Car Center hopes you make lasting memories of your getaway this summer. See us before you go! There is a location convenient to you, stocked with great late-model and low-mileage vehicles, with a limited warranty and oil changes for up to 3 years. We will quickly help you find a vehicle to take you to the place where you want to be.
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