Southern Road Trips2022-01-18T18:17:08+00:00

The Best Road Trips in the South

We have created a list of great destinations in the Southern United States that are an easy drive and great for weekend getaways offering one-of-a-kind shopping, local restaurants and fun attractions.

These Downtown Destinations offer safe shopping and dining options and because of their size typically have less people strolling thru their streets and shops.

  1.  Ocean Springs, Mississippi

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Seated on the coast of Mississippi along the Gulf of Mexico the City of Discovery is home to a wide array of shops and over 100 restaurants.
The perfect getaway destination for any type of person.

Leather and Pearls Ocean Springs

Leather & Pearls Leather and Pearls Downtown Ocean Springs Mississippi. Located in the heart of Ocean Springs, MS, Leather and Pearls is a boutique that is dedicated to simple, casual, beauty for girls [...]

Hillyer House

Hillyer House Downtown Ocean Springs Mississippi As you pass through the doors of our gallery in Ocean Springs, you will be surrounded by the allure of radiant colors of hand-blown glass, enticing shapes [...]

Buff City Soap

We handcraft each bar of Buff City soap in what we call our Soap Makeries. Each of our locations makes every product sold right there, where you can see exactly what goes into [...]

Shearwater Pottery

Shearwater Pottery Jim Anderson Throwing A Pot Shearwater Pottery was founded in 1928 by Peter Anderson with the support of his parents, George Walter Anderson and Annette McConnell Anderson. From the 1920s through [...]

The Beer House

Mosaic and the Beer House are open seven days a week offering the best in local and international cuisine and culture.  We have a wide selection of crafted cocktails and wine, 45 beers [...]

Poppy’s

Poppy's is a wonderful shop filled with gifts, local art, and gourmet food items. Browsing in a relaxed environment and taste-testing samples of our delicious gourmet food and drink items will make you [...]

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2. Franklin Tennessee

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A bustling historic town with a touch of Modern, Franklin gives its visitors the perfect blend of Southern hospitality and modern charm.

The Barn at Sycamore Farms

The Barn at Sycamore Farms The Barn at Sycamore Farms, a new luxury event venue, was designed for Tennessee’s premier events. With an elegant layout and a state-of-the-art sound system, the team at [...]

Purple Butterfly

We cater to your child and your inner child with apparel, shoes, gifts, toys, books and much more. A Personal Touch: Add a truly personal touch to your child's wardrobe! The Purple Butterfly offers the [...]

Zula & Mac

Upholstered furniture, rugs, art, framed art, lighting, ladies apparel, jewlery, gift items, home accessories, antique finds, throw pillows, prepackages food products, candles, florals, lamps, and more! 301 Lewisburg Avenue [...]

The Registry Franklin

The Registry Franklin TN Bridal Gift Shop was created with the discerning shopper in mind. Like most women, we love to shop, we love beauty, and we love to be pampered. At The [...]

Awaken

Awaken Welcome to Awaken Tennessee!We are an organic mattress, bedding, and rest oriented boutique! From top of the line Naturepedic mattresses, to bamboo loungewear, to natural oils, candles and wellness items. Whatever it is, [...]

The Cellar on Main Franklin

The Cellar on Main Franklin TN A one-of-a-kind ladies' boutique with many choices in fun and comfortable clothing, accessories, and shoes. Labels seen are Nic + Zoe, Fresh Produce Sportswear, Madison Hill, Color [...]

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3.  Dahlonega, GA

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Site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush and the Heart of Georgia Wine Country, Dahlonega offers an authentic, mountain getaway only an hour north of Atlanta. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dahlonega offers expansive mountain vistas, roaring waterfalls and bubbling streams, postcard-worthy wineries and an abundance of entertainment.

Dahlonega Square Hotel & Villas

Dahlonega Square Hotel & Villas The Dahlonega Square Hotel  and all five of The Dahlonega Square Villas  are located just footsteps from the beautiful historic square. The DSH lobby is home to the Dahlonega Square Hotel [...]

Holly Theatre

Holly Theatre The historic Holly Theatre celebrated seventy years of operations and 25 years as community theatre in the fall of 2018. Continuous operation in its early years and neglect of the 1948 [...]

Dahlonega Map

The Best Dahlonega Shopping & Attractions Discover Dahlonega's best shopping, attractions and restaurants. We welcome you to one of Georgia's best Shopping experiences! Our featured local shops offer a wide variety of fashions, local art, and gifts.  Dahlonega's surrounding county [...]

Dahlonega Vistors Center

Dahlonega Visitors Center Dahlonega has a reputation for being filled with friendly, helpful folks, and there's nowhere better than our Visitors Center to experience that for yourself. Our information specialists and volunteers will make [...]

Dahlonega Resort & Vineyards

Nestled in the foothills of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard is a quick drive from Atlanta, but a world apart from the noise and sprawl. Here you can rock on [...]

Paul Thomas Chocolates

Paul Thomas Chocolates Virtual Tour Paul T. Hoffman, Chocolatier, has worked since 1975 to deliver incredible candies, chocolates and sweets for all to enjoy. While visiting our shop, have fun watching the chocolates [...]

Kaya Vineyard & Winery

Kaya Cottages - Featured Cottage - Elohi Kaya Vineyard & Winery Dining Options Join us for a light lunch menu Tuesday through Sunday. We encourage guests to [...]

Giggle Monkey Toys

Giggle Monkey Toys Virtual Tour Giggle Monkey Toys is the place to find quality toys, games, puzzles, and books for kids of all ages.  We stock classic games and toys as well as [...]

4. Black Mountain, North Carolina

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High in the Blue Ridge Mountains sits a beautiful small town with a mesmerizing landscape. Black Mountain town square has a wide range of shops and restaurants
you can spend the day wandering around.

C.W. Moose Trading Company

C. W. Moose is home to some the most unique, interesting and absolutely "amoosing" products available today. There is too "moose" to mention. Some of what you can find, T-Shirts,  Fun Apparel, Silver [...]

My Father’s Pizza & Pasta

A family owned and operated restaurant serving Black Mountain since 1990, we offer mouthwatering fresh pizza, pasta, subs, salads, and a choice beer and wine selection.  All of our sauces, dough, meatballs, hummus, [...]

Sassafras on Sutton

One beautiful historic building nestled in a magical mountain town. Two floors brimming with books, toys and gifts and a full espresso cafe. Come shop, visit, sit a spell. We can't wait to [...]

Downtown Black Mountain NC

Downtown Black Mountain NC   VIRTUAL TOURS - Black Mountain, NC calls itself “The Little Town that Rocks,” welcoming visitors to pull up a rocking chair on “The Front Porch of Western North Carolina,” breathe deeply of the clear mountain air, and [...]

The Dancing Dragonfly

Premier destination shop dressed in 100 percent reclaimed materials offering regional handcrafted gifts, home and garden decor,  jewelry and hand poured, soy candles. The Dancing Dragonfly features a gallery of fine canvas and [...]

Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack

Mellie Mac's Garden Shack Mellie Mac's Garden Shack Downtown Black Mountain NC Welcome to Mellie Mac's Garden Shack! Walk through our gates into a world of wonderment and enchantment, right here in the [...]

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5. Bryson City, North Carolina

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Appalachian Rivers Museum

Appalachian Rivers Museum 117 Island StreetBryson City, NC 28713(828)488-3681Thursday - Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pmSunday - Monday: Closed Our Website [...]

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Railway Platform and Depot: Train Museum: Gift Shop: With 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you [...]

Southbound Marketplace & Mobile Boutique

Southbound Marketplace & Mobile Boutique Southbound Marketplace & Mobile Boutique in the Heart of Bryson City offers gifts, jewelry, specialty candles, lotions and cute fashions for women. 261 Everett [...]

Swain County Heritage Museum

Swain County Heritage Museum On the second floor of the courthouse, the Swain County Heritage Museum tells the story of the County and its people. Through photos, exhibits and video you will learn [...]

Bryson City Map

Bryson City Best Shopping & Attractions In the Heart of the Great Smoky Mountains sits Bryson City.  Bryson City is home to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (GSMR) and to some of the best shopping in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Bryson City also boasts [...]

The Everett Boutique Hotel & Bistro

The Everett Boutique Hotel & Bistro Downtown Bryson City A Luxury Bryson City Hotel From the moment you enter the front lobby, you will understand why this downtown hotel is a special place. [...]

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6. Collierville, Tennessee

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The Brooks Collection

Since opening the doors in July of 1999, The Brooks Collection goes to market with you in mind. By selecting unique and collectible treasures, we feature distinctive gifts, accessories, furnishings and accents for [...]

Top of the Green Event Venue

Top of the Green Event Venue located at the top of John Green & Company Realtors new downtown Collierville building offers great views of the Historic Collierville Square. 50 North [...]

Bazaar Olive Oil

John and Sandy Barrios enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures. Their love for the Mediterranean scene sparked their dream of opening Bazaar, the go-to store for olive oils, vinegars, and gourmet gifts. Their [...]

Patricia’s

Patricia's on the Square has been in business for 20 years. In 1995, Patricia began the store as an antique shop. By 2003, Patricia realized the need for an upscale specialty shop for [...]

Downtown Collierville TN

Downtown Collierville TN   Collierville TN shopping restaurants and more. Find great shopping, wonderful places to dine in a relaxing and beautiful setting in Collierville Tennessee. Located just east of metropolitan Memphis, nestled in the Heart of Tennessee's Delta, historic Downtown [...]

John Green & Company Realtors

Since 1979, John Green has worked as a real estate agent in the greater Memphis area. Even from the beginning of his career, John was dedicated to top customer service and ensuring that all [...]

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7. Beaufort, South Carolina

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 A Carolina Coast gem, Beaufort, South Carolina offers plenty of shopping, gourmet restaurants with a quaint quiet streets to stroll.

Sweet Bay

Sweet Bay, Inc. was established in 2010 on Bay Street in Beaufort, SC. Due to the success of the business, we are now located in a much more spacious showroom allowing us to [...]

Thibault Gallery

Thibault Gallery Thibault Gallery is a haven for talented artists to showcase their art, as well as an attraction for tourists and locals alike. Here you will find original art in a variety [...]

Modern Jewelers

Modern Jewelers is proud of our third generation heritage of providing a full service jewelry store in historic Beaufort, South Carolina. Our jewelers, engravers and appraisers specialize in prompt and efficient service and [...]

Beaufort SC Map

Downtown Beaufort SC Featured Merchants Tap on Merchant below to enjoy their Virtual Tour! Visit Beaufort SC “Small Towns We Love” ~ Southern [...]

Downtown Beaufort SC

Downtown Beaufort SC Featured Merchants Tap on Merchant below to enjoy their Virtual Tour! Visit Beaufort SC “Small Towns We Love” ~ Southern [...]

Lulu Burgess

Though there were murmurings that she was quietly secreted out of New York due to an international incident involving a certain ambassador at the United Nations, in truth, Lulu had simply run out [...]

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8. Cleveland, Mississippi

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Abraham’s Cleveland

Abraham's Abrahams Men's & Women's Shop in Downtown Cleveland Mississippi Clothing by Polo Ralph Lauren, Southern Tide, Big Star Jeans, True Religion, Cole Haan, Ike Behar, Patagonia, The North Face and many more! [...]

Britt Jewelry

Downtown Cleveland MS Jewelry store offering custom bridal rings and engagement rings, local jewelry and watches. 104 North Sharpe Avenue Cleveland, MS [...]

Cleveland MS Map

Downtown Cleveland MS   Cleveland Mississippi the home of the Delta Grammy Museum and the Delta Blues.  Find the best shopping, restaurants and things to do in Downtown Cleveland Mississippi with our virtual tours. Featured Merchants Tap on [...]

Heidi’s Cleveland

Heidi's Cleveland MS The Monogram Store - Embroidery, Screen Printing, Promotional Items and More! We also offer Collegiate Gear, Toys, Baby, Jewelry, Purses and More! 110 North [...]

Downtown Cleveland MS

Downtown Cleveland MS   Cleveland Mississippi the home of the Delta Grammy Museum and the Delta Blues.  Find the best shopping, restaurants and things to do in Downtown Cleveland Mississippi with our virtual tours. Featured Merchants Tap [...]

Neysa’s Fireside Shop

Neysa's Fireside Shop Welcome to Neysa's - a Delta tradition since 1988 - located in the heart of Cleveland's bustling Sharpe Street, housed in Clemmie Collins original Fireside Shop.  Neysa's has continued Clemmie's [...]

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9. Waynesville, North Carolina

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With a quiet natural location in the Smoky Mountains, Waynesville is far from a quiet town. Offering a diverse set of shopping options and an array local restaurants and breweries Waynesville offers a getaway location for any time of the year.

Twigs & Leaves

Twigs and Leaves Gallery 98 North Main Street Waynesville, NC 28786. Craft, Art and Furniture Gallery. Browse through an unforgettable collection of nature-inspired works by 170 primarily regional artists and crafts persons. [...]

Sutton & Sons

Sutton & Sons Sutton and Sons antique shop is located near downtown Waynesville, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and our commitment to preserving the culture and community of [...]

Massie Furniture and Elegant Interiors

Fine furniture, bedding, carpeting, interior design, appliances and more! We are a home town, family owned business. Our store has been in Waynesville for over 100 years and we have offered the same [...]

Waynesville Map

The Best Shopping in Waynesville NC Tucked in the Western North Carolina mountains is Waynesville. Waynesville has one of the best local shopping districts in the Great Smoky Mountains. From art galleries, local artisan shops, jewelry, gift shops and specialty [...]

Pleasant Places Waynesville

Pleasant Places Pleasant Places Waynesville's Bird and Garden Supply Shop! Shop in a relaxed atmosphere in downtown's own wildbird supply. From seed, feeders and houses to garden accessories, we'll help you with your [...]

Bed and Bath of Waynesville

Bed and Bath Of Waynesville Waynesville's New Bed and Bath shop. We carry Peacock Alley, Park Design, Pom Pom Home, Garnier Thiebaut, C&F Home, Bamboo is Better and many more! We can help [...]

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10. Lebanon Tennessee

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Square Market

Square Market is a shopping utopia with a fresh mix of unique furniture and home décor items including local food products and specialty gifts! Family-owned and -operated, we are experts in customer service taking great pride [...]

Iddy & Oscars

Iddy and Oscars. Be the change. So many of us want to see change in our world and So often times we hear the quote by Gandhi "be the change you [...]

Wilkie’s Outfitters

Wilkie’s Outfitters is a family owned business located in Lebanon, TN. We carry top brands of high quality, trusted products for the outdoor experience. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, hunting, climbing, kayaking, or exploring other countries, [...]

Dreams Boutique Lebanon

Dreams Boutique is on the Public Square in Lebanon, TN. Dreams is a Women’s Active Wear, Lounge Wear, Intimates, and Trendy Apparel store. We offer specialty fit bras, lounge wear, work out clothing, [...]

Poppies Boutique

  Poppie’s Boutique, provides quality, vintage-inspired boutique clothing, accessories, and locally handmade goods and gifts to small towns across Middle Tennessee and the Upper Cumberland areas. Our retail products are featured in their [...]

Lebanon TN Map

The Best Shopping Lebanon TN Just outside Nashville Tennessee, Lebanon boasts a great selection of local shops that offer everything from antiques to the latest fashions. Come spend the day with us on the Downtown Lebanon Square and you're sure [...]

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Other great destinations in the south worth mentioning

Natchitoches, Louisana

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No other place captures the creole flavor like Natchitoches, with it historic European architecture, it beauty seems untouched by time. With multiple bed and breakfasts Natchitoches offers a home away from home as you shop at one of the multiple stores along there 33-block shopping district.

Beau Jardin

Beau Jardin is the City of Natchitoches' newly-constructed water feature and garden area on the downtown riverbank, located within the Natchitoches Historic District.  Beau Jardin is the perfect venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners, [...]

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

More than a half-century after inducting its first class of sports legends, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame is realizing its fondest dreams and greatest aspirations. In a Grand Opening on Friday night, [...]

Magnolia Spa

At Magnolia Spa Wellness & Boutique we are grateful for the ability to be a part of a single individual’s day. The service we provide to our client does not stop topically; it [...]

Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site

Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site Natchitoches was founded by a French Canadian, Louis Antoine Juchereau de St. Denis, in 1714 while he was en route to Mexico from Mobile, Alabama, on [...]

Georgia’s Gift Shop

Georgia's Gift Shop Visit our shop during your visit to Historical Downtown Natchitoches, Louisiana. We have that special treasure you are looking for with the largest selection of Natchitoches and Louisiana gifts, souvenirs, [...]

Natchitoches Events Center

We have something for everyone... Our facility consists of nearly 40,000 square feet of space featuring a 15,000 square foot Exhibit Hall capable of being divided into smaller breakout areas. The facility also [...]

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Bardstown, Kentucky

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At Mary’s

…at Mary’s front door opened to the public on July 28th, 2004. Owner Mary Carey and her husband, Dennis gutted an old building in downtown Bardstown, and re-furbished it to its present state. [...]

Talbott Inn

All our rooms include refrigerator, microwave, dry bar, 43″ smart TV, coffee maker, hair dryer, and access to the common area with internet access. Choose from Queen, King, and Double-Queen sized rooms. A visitor [...]

Old Talbott Tavern

Old Talbott Tavern Bed & Breakfast with Restaurant and Bourbon Bar in Downtown Bardstown KY and our New Addition to our facilities The Talbott Inn. [...]

Downtown Bardstown KY

The Best Shopping in Bardstown KY Named "The Bourbon Capital of the World", Bardstown not only has some of the best distilleries, in it's downtown district , boasts some of the best local shopping in Kentucky. We invite you to explore some featured shops [...]

Hurst Discount Drugs

Hurst Discount Drugs and Soda Shop Hurst Discount Drugs and Gifts Downtown Bardstown Pharmacy and Soda Shop. Hurst Discount Drugs is your old fashion soda fountain pharmacy in the 21st century!!! Bring the [...]

Bardstown Map

The Best Shopping in Bardstown KY Named "The Bourbon Capital of the World", Bardstown not only has some of the best distilleries, in it's downtown district , boasts some of the best local shopping in Kentucky. We invite you to explore some featured shops [...]

Midway, Kentucky

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The Midway Boutique

The Midway Boutique The Midway Boutique Kentucky Open the door to your new favorite place. The explosion of color, the sparkle of jewels, and the laughter of new friends will make your Midway [...]

The Brown Barrel & Blind Harry’s

The Brown Barrel & Blind Harry's A unique dining experience Join us for a unique, "casual-yet-classy" dining experience in Historic Midway - the Heart of Kentucky Horse Country! Our traditional setting belies the [...]

The Back Room Midway

The Back Room is a home accessory store situated in downtown Midway on Main Street. Come purchase gifts, register for your wedding or baby showers, or spruce up your own home! Items include [...]

Downtown Midway KY

Best Midway KY Shopping & Restaurants Tucked in the Heart of Thoroughbred country, Midway offers a great selection of local shops and restaurants. We have selected the best shops and restaurants in Midway and invite you to explore Midway for your next trip to [...]

Midway KY Map

Best Midway KY Shopping & Restaurants Tucked in the Heart of Thoroughbred country, Midway offers a great selection of local shops and restaurants. We have selected the best shops and restaurants in Midway and invite you to explore Midway for [...]

Rogersville, Tennessee

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Green Boomerang Natural Health

Green Boomerang Natural Health Green Boomerang Natural Health is a mom and pop shop. Located in the picturesque city of Rogersville, TN. We believe in prevention of illness through good nutritional choices. We [...]

LuElla’s Gift Market

LuElla's Gift Market LuElla's Gift Market offers a personal shopping experience right in the heart of historic downtown Rogersville, TN. With unique gifts and friendly service, finding the perfect gift has never been [...]

The Loft

Yogafit Certified Instructors, All Levels, Senior Classes, Kids Classes, Trauma, Yoga Nidra, Teens, Prenatal, Private Groups. By appointment, so please call today to schedule your class. 207 East Main [...]

Mountain Star Mall

Mountain Star Mall The business has evolved from antiques being the primary business in the beginning to home decor, floral designs, gifts, gourmet products and home textiles being the essence of the business [...]

Rogersville TN Map

Downtown Rogersville TN   In the heart of Tennessee sits a beautiful secret kept out of the hussle and bussle of the big cities. Rogersville, settled in 1775 and often seen to be “Tennessee’s Best Kept Secret” [...]

Taste of Chicago

Chicago styled restaurant 114 East Main Street Rogersville, TN (423) 293-0000 HOURS: Monday - Friday: 11 - 6 Saturday & Sunday: Closed Our Facebook [...]

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