05/30/2012 12:08 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2012

9 Awesome Road Trips In The U.S. South

Roadside diners, Blueridge mountains, Main Street, biscuits, banjos, and more. With the help of friends and admired travelers, we compiled a list of weekend road trip destinations in the southern United States. Are we there yet?

FLORIDA: Head to St. Augustine if you're in the mood for a historic, laid-back beach town with a hippie artists' colony vibe.
Route to take: I-95 to the Jacksonville Beaches, then scenic A1A down the coast.
Good to know: Grab lunch at the famous Columbia Restaurant, and shop for ceramics at Market to Market on historic St. George Street. Casa Monica hotel is right in the center of the action, and those trolley tours are worth a spin, too.

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