Orlando to Orlando via South Carolina and Georgia.
In this tour we are going beyond Florida. Indeed, a shorter version of the itinerary can start and finish in Atlanta rather than Florida.
Arrive at Cruise America, Kissimmee and collect your Motor Home. Head northeast on Interstate 4 toward Daytona Beach; stop and take a look and then meander on up Route A1A: Florida’s coast road.
The North Beach Camp Resort is less than five miles outside historic St. Augustine, the oldest permanent European settlement on the North American continent.
✪ 125 miles from Kissimmee to St Augustine
★ Visit Daytona Beach, home of the world famous Speedway www.northbeachcamp.com
Round Jacksonville and then you’ll cross into Georgia before continuing north along the coast to historic Savannah. You’re headed for Bellaire Woods Campground, just 15 minutes from the city and featuring 24 acres of magnificent oaks draped with Spanish moss alongside the Ogeechee River. Their website is full of interesting historic facts about Savannah, one of the true ‘old south’ cities.
✪ 165 miles to Savannah
★ Visit The Pirates House, the setting for parts of Robert Louis Stephenson’s Treasure Island www.bellairewoods.com
Another ‘historic city of the old south’, Charleston is your destination across into South Carolina. This is the home of Porgy and Bess and unchanged architecture. It’s also home to many historic warships at Patriots’ Point Museum. Your home will be in the 32 acres of Lake Aire RV Park & Campground.
✪ 115 miles to Charleston
★ Visit Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired www.lakeairerv.com
On the way out of Charleston bound for Myrtle Beach, you should visit one of the much photographed and filmed plantations such as Boone Hall, Middleton Place or Magnolia Plantation. Myrtle Beach is known worldwide as a golf destination but, birdies and beaches apart, there’s so much more in this family resort. The Myrtle Beach Travel Park boasts a half-mile of white sandy beach and gives a choice of oceanfront camping or more tranquil settings amid century-old live oaks or bluffs overlooking a scenic freshwater lake.
✪ 110 miles to Myrtle Beach
★ Visit the world’s first Rock ‘n Roll theme park – Hard Rock (www.hardrockpark.com) www.myrtlebeachtravelpark.com/index.html
A long but rewarding drive west through the countryside of South Carolina. You’re bound for the resort area of Lake Hartwell in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located among tall southern loblolly pines, Lake Hartwell KOA is a gateway to a host of nearby treats.
✪ 285 miles to Lake Hartwell
★ Visit the town of Pendleton – the entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places www.koa.com/where/sc/40101
Heading towards Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park surrounds the world’s largest relief carving depicting Confederate leaders Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson and President Jefferson Davis. Extending to 3,200 acresof natural beauty, the Park offers numerous outdoor adventures including 15 miles of wooded nature trails and the 1.3 mile trail to the top of Stone Mountain.
✪ 105 miles to Stone Mountain National Park
★ Visit the 825 foot high summit of Stone Mountain by high speed cable car www.stonemountainpark.com/lodging-camping/camping.aspx
A long drive today but most of it on Interstate 75 and as you will end up on the lovely Cedar Key, at Sunset Isle RV Park, right in the Gulf of Mexico…we don’t think you’ll be disappointed. You will be really close to the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. ✪ 385 miles to Cedar Key
★ Visit Cedar Key State Museum www.cedarkeyrv.com
Easy drive today to a campground that is rated in the Top 100 campgrounds in North America. Close to all Tampa Bay attractions including famous Busch Gardens with its amazing roller-coasters.
✪ 125 miles to Tampa
★ Visit Tarpon Springs, an interesting Greek sponge diving port www.baybayou.com
Interstate 4 to Disney Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground for however many nights you wish to spend with Mickey Mouse. There is little we can say about him except that he’s very old, married to Minnie, and between them they have built an empire that covers a lot of Central Florida! Not to be missed are EPCOT (Pub quiz question: What does this stand for? Answer: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) MGM Grand and Animal Kingdom as well as the Magic Kingdom itself.
✪ 80 miles to Disney Fort Wilderness www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/campsites-at-fort-wilderness-resort
Return the RV to the Cruise America Depot in Kissimmee.