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15 of the Best Weekend Getaways in the South

Updated: Oct 29

There is so much charm and hospitality to be found across the Southern United States. With so many charming towns and places to explore, let’s help you get insprired with the best weekend getaways in the South.

Below I share my favorite places + the top three things to do while in each city. I hope you enjoy these places as much as I did! I’ve gotten to travel all across the south and compiled this list off my favorite spots for you.

1. New Orleans, LA

Perfect for those who love spicy food, live music, and architecture.

  1. Cemetery Tour

  2. Live music with beignets

  3. Garden District

2. Texas Hill Country

Perfect for those looking to get away from the big city and into nature. There are a lot of fabulous weekend getaways in Texas to consider!

  1. winery bus tour

  2. hang out in Fredericksburg

  3. swimming at Jacob’s Well

3. Savannah, GA

Perfect for those who love seafood, history, and charming parks.

  1. Wormsloe Historic Park

  2. Historic District

  3. Forsyth Park

4. Outer Banks, NC

Perfect for the beach and nature lover.

  1. Cape Hatteras

  2. Kitty Hawk

  3. Currituck Beach (wild horses)

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5. Nashville, TN

Perfect for the country music and fried chicken fan.

  1. Printer’s Alley

  2. Live music on Broadway

  3. Distillery tours

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6. Richmond, VA

Perfect for those who want to get away to a small city with lots of charm and great beer.

  1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

  2. Sunday Funday Brewery Tour

  3. Maymont

7. Charleston, SC

Perfect for the history buff who also wants a day at the beach.

  1. Morris Island

  2. French Quarter

  3. Charleston City Market

8. Asheville, NC

Perfect for those that love the mountains, waterfalls, and a good beer along with it.

  1. River Arts District

  2. Omni Grove Park Inn

  3. Waterfall hikes

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9. San Antonio, TX

Perfect for those that want a relax paced city vibe and great Mexican food!

  1. Riverwalk

  2. The Alamo

  3. Natural Bridge Caverns

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10. Alexandria, VA

Perfect for those who love crabs and want to learn about the origins of the United States.

  1. Mount Vernon

  2. Old Town

  3. Black History Museum

11. Tampa, FL

Perfect for the beach lover who still wants to be in a city.

  1. Siesta Key

  2. Hyde Park

  3. Bay Shore 

12. Atlanta, GA

Perfect for those looking for a vibrant music scene, plenty of awesome food, and an up-and-coming vibe.

  1. World of Coca-Cola 

  2. Georgia Aquarium

  3. Piedmont Park

13. Charlottesville, VA

Right near Shenandoah National Park and close by to many beautiful wineries, Charlottesville makes an incredible weekend getaway in the south.

  1. Winery tour

  2. Check out the arts scene

  3. Go hiking in Shenandoah National Park

14. Durham, NC

Located in North Carolina, Durham has some great spots you'll want to check out while there.

  1. Nasher Art Museum

  2. Sarah P. Duke Gardens

  3. Hang out at American Tabacco Company

15. St. Augustine, FL

Known as the first city in America, St. Augustine is a cute and tropical weekend getaway with a little bit of everything.

  1. See Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

  2. Walk St. George St.

  3. Head to the beach

I hope you’ll consider visiting some of these towns and cities! They are truly some of the best getaways in the South.


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