The spring break months are a popular time to visit the Southeast US, with pleasant daytime temperatures and cool evenings. Sea Island, for instance, has average highs in March of 70° (with swings from 65 to 81°.) Ocean temperature averages 66° in spring. Fall is an appealing time as well.
Yet summer -- hot as it is -- is the peak time for family getaways. Many travelers come from elsewhere in the Southeast, seeking beaches or driving to cooler temperatures in the mountains. Note that many schools in the Southeast US start their summer break in late May or early June, and are back at school by August.
South Carolina is the #2 state for tourism after Florida, and Myrtle Beach is a big part of this picture, with a 60-mile stretch of beaches (the "Grand Strand") and several amusement park attractions. Spring break is a popular time to visit, but families should give a thought to the spring break college scene...
Stone Mountain Park is Georgia's top tourist draw, combining natural attractions (woods and lakes, plus the the famous "stone mountain") with amusements such as sky ride, scenic railroad, laser light show. The "stone mountain" is the largest outcropping of exposed granite in the world, and on it is the world's largest sculpture carved into the stone (- a giant Confederate Memorial.) Location is 15 miles from Atlanta.
85 miles south of Savannah, Sea Island is an upscale resort where families return for generations; its main building, The Cloister, was built in 1928. Sea Island is an a barrier island reached by a causeway. Guests find four resorts, 10,000 acres of forest, lawn, and marshland, 5 miles of private beachfront, and many outdoor and indoor activities for families. Kids programs are offered seasonally.
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100 miles south of Charleston SC, and 35 miles northeast of Savannah GA, this small but popular island has a a range of lodgings, from upscale gated resort communities to vacation home rentals, with a lot in between including a Disney resort. Some properties offer kids programs in summer, and perhaps during spring break too.
Just off the coast of North Carolina -- and reachable by car -- this set of barrier islands stretches for 130 miles. Picture a laid-back for a family getaway, with beaches, sand dunes (some 100 feet high), swimming, crabbing, and kayaking in salt and freshwater marches. Some amusement parks and attractions, too.
For a rustic getaway, this all inclusive Lodge --south of Asheville near Brevard in the North Carolina mountains -- has an 1878 farmhouse and luxury log suites. Families can play at pioneering, help in the blacksmith shop, spin wool, care for horses, have fun at a secret Cherokee Village (make pottery, grind corn), creek waterslide, high ropes and Zip Line...
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