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13 Must-See Road Trips

Planning a road trip across the South? We’ve got you covered (especially if you’ve got our Roadside Assistance plan). With 13 different must-see spots in 13 stellar states, there is something for everyone on this list. Take your road trip to the next level when you stop at one of these top destinations across the South!

#1: The Hangout (Gulf Shores, Alabama)

Relax on the beautiful sandy beaches of Gulf Shores and then grab a meal at The Hangout, an iconic beachfront restaurant. The kids can build sandcastles, play a free game or two of foosball or ping-pong, and have fun in the “foam party” while you wait for a tasty helping of coastal seafood! 

#2: Blanchard Springs Caverns (Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, Fifty-Six, Arkansas)

Adults $10.50, Kids 6-15 years $5.50, 5 years and under $0.50

At the Blanchard Springs Caverns, you and your family can take guided tours through two levels of breathtaking cave formations. Surrounded by glistening stalactites and stalagmites, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a different planet! The Dripstone Trail is the easiest trail for families with little ones.

#3: Goofy Golf (Panama City Beach, Florida)

$8 per person

No family trip is complete without mini golf. Goofy Golf has been in business since 1959 and its owners keep it in tip top shape. The giant animal statues throughout the mini golf courses are a sight to see – and you can climb on them too!

#4: Creepy Stroll Tour (Savannah, Georgia)

Adults $20, Kids 15 and under $10, 5 years and under free

BOO! Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Listen to scary tales about this charming city’s history as you explore Savannah with a guide who will send shivers up your spine!

Pro-Tip: You can park your RV in the Savannah Visitors Center for a low price, and you’ll be in the heart of downtown.

#5: Starved Rock State Park (Oglesby, Illinois)

Move over, Chicago – this park was rated the #1 attraction in Illinois. Hike through stunning canyons to reach equally as stunning waterfalls. Relax on a trolley tour, watch for eagles, take a tour of a local winery, go canoeing – the combination of outdoor and indoor activities will have your family begging to stay for just a few more days. For RV travelers, rent a campsite and stay the night!

#6: Natchitoches Alligator Park (Natchitoches, Louisiana)

Adults $8.95, Kids 12 years and under $9.95, 2 years and under free

You won’t find anywhere else like this. This 8-acre park is authentically Cajun, with the music and the food to prove it. Watch a gator-feeding show, get your picture taken with one, and if you’re feeling really brave…you can feed or touch an alligator, too!

#7: Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo (Tupelo, Mississippi)

Adults and children $11.00, 2 years and under free

The Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo are sure to be an “awe-worthy” stop for the animal lovers in your crew. Home to over 260 animals – from buffalo to zebra to yak – this is the perfect destination for your family to get in touch with its wild side.

#8: Titanic Museum Attraction (Branson, Missouri)

Ticket prices vary depending on day and time

Whether you’re a history buff, a movie fanatic, or just can’t stop singing “My Heart Will Go On,” the Titanic museum is a must-see. When you enter the attraction you’ll receive a ticket, just like Titanic passengers did in 1912. At the end of your tour of the half-scale model of the ship, you’ll discover the fate of your “passenger.”

#9: Old Salem Museums and Gardens (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

Ticket prices vary; see great discounts for College Students & Military

This is one of the best places to visit around the Fourth of July. After all, it’s the site of the nation’s first official Independence Day celebration! Walk through this quaint town to learn about early American history, see where George Washington laid his head, and lose yourself in Old Salem’s award-winning gardens. Enjoy workshops, tours, and grab a sweet treat at Winkler Bakery.

#10: Broadway at the Beach (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

With 350 acres of fun, what can’t you find here? Watch a live show, play games, shop, go ziplining, see fireworks, eat at a waterfront restaurant, or catch an exhibit at this popular tourist attraction.

#11: Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

Adults $13, Kids 5-11 years $10.50, 4 years and under free

Get an unrivaled view of the Smoky Mountains on this 2.1-mile cable car ride. Hop off to play at the amusement park at the top of the mountain, or take in the scenery on a round trip!

#12: Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Rose, Texas)

Adults $7, Kids 12 years and under free

Where else in America can you put your feet in actual dinosaur prints? Well at the Paluxy riverbed in Glen Rose, you can! Hunt for dinosaur tracks, enjoy a picnic in the shadow of a life-size dinosaur, hike the trails, or go for a swim in this 1,500-acre park.

#13: Virginia’s Hot Springs (Hot Springs, Virginia)

$17 per person

Long hours sitting in the car and snacking on gas station goodies have a way of making your back ache and your body feel, “bleghk.” Wash off the road warrior blues in the natural healing waters of Virginia’s springs, the same hot springs that Thomas Jefferson once soaked in!

No matter where you’re headed, make sure you’re ready for any unexpected twists and turns the summer road throws your way! With a Roadside Assistance plan from Direct Auto Insurance, a minor issue won’t stand a chance of derailing your family road trip. Call 1-877-GO-DIRECT today to learn how the plan pays for itself after just one use!

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