We’ve all been frequent flyers or interstate road warriors at dif- ferent times in our lives. Those may be efficient ways to get to business meetings and family vacation destinations, but you can miss a lot when vaulting over or zipping through entire regions as if they otherwise didn’t exist.
With gas prices projected to remain relatively low for the balance of the year, now is the
perfect time to fill in some of those blanks. In the pages that follow, you’ll find five suggested
“Southern Routes 2015” designed to get you out of the clouds and off the beaten path. There
are so many towns and cities in America that are so much more than just dots on a map. Each
one is a vital community full of good folks who are proud of where they live and welcome
new neighbors. Many have deep family roots in those places, but—especially in the South these
days—many others have migrated to those communities for a variety of reasons: milder winter
weather, lower property taxes and costs of living, and closer proximity to outdoor recreation
opportunities or family members who now live in the area, to name just a few.
So pitch the idea of taking a good old-fashioned road trip over dinner tonight and the odds
are that you’ll get a positive response. In our recommended “Southern Routes 2015,” we’ve
highlighted some cultural amenities and seasonal events that you might want to include on
your itinerary, but we hope you’ll enjoy those as an introduction, not a conclusion. Keep your
travel schedule flexible, so that when you discover a town that has a good “feel” about it, you
can linger for a day or two to explore the area more thoroughly.
Whether your road trip preference takes you to the mountains or the coast or the midlands
in between, make your “Southern Routes 2015” a mission of discovery. We think you’ll like what
you find and might just decide to put down some “Southern roots” of your own.