Best Mountain Communities
- Asheville, North Carolina — An Escape favorite. This place rocks!
- Boone, North Carolina — An old Appalachian mining town.
- Charlottesville, Virginia — A cool town to check out in its own right. Wander the backstreets to get a feel for the old south.
Best Coastal Cities
- Wilmington, North Carolina — Where I-40 dead ends into the Atlantic.
- Charleston, South Carolina — One of the oldest communities in the United States, you could spend a week wandering the backstreets of this Southern “Low Country” city.
- Savannah, Georgia — Watch the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and you’ll put Savannah at the top of your must-see list.
- St. Augustine, Florida – An old pirate town that shouldn’t be missed.
Best Side Trip
Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital of the world, isn’t that far off your designated route heading and is definitely worth the side trip–especially if you’re looking to check out some good, cheap (free, quite often) up-and-coming singers and songwriters.
Head downtown to Broadway Street and check out old standbys like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Legends, The Stage, The Ryman, and many others all within walking distance of each other. If you’re looking for salt-of-the-earth bluegrass, run, don’t walk, to The Station Inn.
Best Side Trip Side Trip
As long as you’ve made it to Nashville, you might as well drive another 3.25 hours west and check out Memphis, Tennessee. Located dangerously close to the shores of the mighty Mississippi, this old blues town (and home to Graceland), is sure to be a 2-3 day stopover once you cruise down Beale Street for the first time. Get some dry rub ribs, catch a show at BB King’s original blues club and wander Beale feeling like you just found a new home.
Best ribs in Memphis: The Rendezvous is by far the most famous, but for our money, Blues City Café is far FAR superior. Get a rack and some bbq shrimp for us.