Travelling the Eastern USA is not something new to me. For the past twenty years, I’ve been on countless family road trips from our home in Canada to the southern USA. We travelled mainly to Florida for its famous attractions and warm weather. It was always a fun family destination for us so we went back every year. I learnt the route on the back of my hand doing the drive so many times it became so natural to me. I love going back and still do with my friends and family that its become a part of me.
There was always the option of flying instead of driving but on a road trip you can easily take your time and enjoy the scenery. The landscape on the east coast always marvelled me. First, we had to pass the Niagara Peninsula, home to the famous Niagara Falls along Lake Erie. Next, came Pennsylvania’s enormous mountains following the forests of Virginia. My favourite part of the trip was spotting the coconut and palm trees on our way into South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
There’s plenty of interesting pitstops along the way which kept my family and I entertained. There were several rest stops in each state where we could stretch our feet and take a little walk so we didn’t feel like we were sitting in a car all day. Some of my favourite and most memorable spots were South of the Border which is located on the border of North and South Carolina. This is a fun and family friendly destination to take a break, eat some food, explore the shops and marvel at the different signs. Another goodie is the Florida Visitor Centre where you can sample freshly squeezed orange juice from the local orchards making it a refreshing arrival treat.
Even though the road trip can be long and boring we always made sure to bring things to keep us busy. Having a DVD player in the car or a portable one is a lifesaver. We brought some of our favourite movies and had a great time in our mini theatre. Even games or books will help to pass time by so be prepared. In the end we had amazing memories and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.