Atlanta to Miami Road Trip – Atlanta is known for it’s southern hospitality, diverse musical heritage and number of world records! It also has the busiest passenger airport in the United States of America the Harts-field Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which draws over 50 million people annually! This makes it a popular starting point for many great US fly drive road trips!
Whereas Miami is a vibrant Metropolis, treasure trove of culture & true paradise. As the capital of the Sunshine State expect many incredible beaches from Miami Beach to Biscayne Bay. Head to the everglades nearby to immerse yourself in nature & check out the Alligators.
A road trip between Miami & Atlanta offers many great places to stop from Historic Columbia & Charleston, South Carolina to Savannah, Georgia and the quaint St Augustine (foodie heaven). There is also Daytona beach, Orlando and even Cape Canaveral where you can see the famous Space shuttles! You could also make a stop in Orlando which is ideal for some family fun, stop off at one of Orlandos famous theme parks such as Universal Studios or Disney.
How long is the drive from Atlanta to Miami?
A drive between Atlanta to Miami takes approximately 9 hours and 50 minutes without intermediate stops and traffic jams. This journey covers over 662miles. Of course, the best part of a road trip is the journey and all the great places to stop along the way! Depending upon your time scale, its best to spend at least a couple of Days in places like Atlanta, Charleston, St Augustine and of course Orlando and Miami. We did our trip over 20 days and really took our time, but you can do it in less or more depending upon what you wish to see.
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Atlanta to Miami Road Trip Itinerary
- Atlanta, Georgia – 3 Days
- Columbia, South Carolina
- Charleston, South Carolina – 3 Days
- Savannah, Georgia – 1 Day
- Jacksonville, Florida
- St Augustine, Florida – 3 days
- Orlando, Florida – 3 days
- Hutchinson Island, Florida – 1 day
- West Palm Beach, Florida – 2 days
- Miami, Florida – 3 days+
1. Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is famed for its southern hospitality, musical heritage and also the birth place of the civil rights movement.
Things to Do in Atlanta:
World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coca-Cola is an interactive museum which showcases the history of The Coca-Cola Company, which debuted in Atlanta in 1886. Highlights include, a large Vault which contains the famous recipe, Bottle works, Coca Cola Polar Bear and even a 4D Theatre!
Address: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
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Dive into the Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia aquarium is the largest Aquarium in the world!It was designed around a 6.3 million US gallon (24,000 m3) whale shark exhibit, making it the only Aquarium outside of Asia that houses the giant species! It also houses 100,000 other sea creatures in over 10 million US gallons of fresh and salt water!
Address: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is spans over 30 acres and is located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta. The garden’s mission is to “develop and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display, education, conservation, research and enjoyment.” It’s a nice place to escape the Atlanta madness and get back to nature. The gardens also run events such as light shows, frog feeding and even cocktail parties.
Centennial Olympic Park
When the kids have got that caffeine rush from the World of Coca Cola, head to the Centennial Olympic Park. This is a 22-acre public park located in downtown Atlanta, it was built by the for the 1996 Summer Olympics so the perfect place to let of some steam!
Address: 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
“I Had a Dream” Of course you couldn’t visit the birthplace of the Civil rights movement without exploring a little about its history. The National Historic Parkis spread over several sights such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was baptized.
Visit the Largest Hindu Temple in the World (Outside of Asia!)
Atlanta holds a number of records and is surprisingly the home to the largest Hindu temple in the world! (Outside of Asia). Due Atlantas fast growing international population (one in 10 people in Atlanta were born outside the United States). Atlanta has become home to over 1,000 places of worship including churches, synagogues, mosques and both Hindu and Buddhist temples.
Where to Eat in Atlanta?
Visit the worlds largest drive inn Restaurant!
Another Atlanta record, covering over two acres in Downtown Atlanta, Varsity is the worlds largest drive in Restaurant and can accomodate up to 600 cars outside and over 800 people inside. The venue is especially popular when Georgia Tech plays at home.
Fun Fact: Varsity makes over two miles of Hot Dogs, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of Chilli daily!
For something a little more classy head to Bacchanalia West Midtown is a seasonal, farm-to-table spot that’s great for client dinners or a big night out. The menu changes daily and you can have multiple dishes for each of the four courses. The Maine lobster with fennel, ginger is unreal!
Address: 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW Suite 1, Atlanta, GA 30318, United States
Staplehouse is the hottest table in Atlanta this charitable Old Fourth Ward spot delivers “artfully prepared” New American meals that “push your palate’s boundaries”. Reservations only.
Address: 541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, United States
Where to stay in Atlanta?
For our list of recommend places to stay in Atlanta, follow the link HERE
2. Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia, is the state capital of South Carolina, although not considered your traditional tourist city, there are a few attractions you can see in “Cola” town. A popular landmark is the South Carolina State House, a Greek style building set out in landscaped garden punctuated with monuments.
You can also check out, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, which is a massive park which marries both a zoo and botanical gardens together. For some history head to the Robert Mills House, a mansion turned museum built in 1823. There is also a diverse collection of art at the Columbia Museum of Art.
Where to Eat?
Although Columbia is nothing on Charleston epic culinary scene there are still a few great restaurants up and down Main street, & Gervais Street. One of my favourites is Motor Supply Co. Bistro, a converted engine supply shop which opened back in 1989.
These days Chef Wesley Fulmer crafts his daily changing menu using local ingredients and international influences. Popular example is the crispy Peking duck sourced from nearby Bowers Farm and the creative “farm-to-shaker” cocktails.
Address: 920 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States
Where to Drink?
For a rustic drink head to the whig the self proclaimed “greatest dive bar in North America”. Enter into the dimly lit cavern with taxidermy on the walls, and order a frothing pint. They also serve some tasty elevated burgers.
Address: 1200 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201, United States
3. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina has been a vibrant seaport and trading hub since the 1700s. These days it looks much the same as it did back then with Narrow cobblestoned streets, high spired churches and historic landmarks such as Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out!
You will also find antebellum (“Pre War”) houses in the beautiful French Quarter & Battery Districts. While the Battery promenade and Waterfront park overlook Charleston Harbor. Boutiques, gift shops and antique stores can be found along King Street. Whereas Broad, Queen and Church streets are home to many art galleries.
Things to do in Charleston:
1. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens:
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is one of the oldest plantations in Southern USA and is on the National Register of Historic places. Spread over 464 acres Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a great place to wander through and learn about the history of the area.Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is open November to February from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm with ticket sales ending at 4:00 pm. Spring hours, beginning in mid-March, to October, with opening time 8 am until 5:30 pm. Magnolia is open 365 days a year.
Address: On the Ashley River at 3550 Ashley River Road west of Ashley, Charleston County, South Carolina
Magnolia Plantation is Dog Friendly, Dogs are allowed to explore the gardens, be taken on tram tours and even allowed in the Plantation House.
2. Patriots Point
3. Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens:
Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working plantations, which has been continually growing crops for over 320 years!
4. Fort Sumter National Monument
A federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out! In April of 1861, Lincoln sent supplies to this fort.
Where to Eat in Charleston?
1. The Bar at Husk
Slide onto a barstool at the “Bar at Husk” here you can have a sophisticated drink and try one of there Gourmet “Bar only burgers which includes Benton’s Bacon, with american cheese, sliced onions and butter pickles (a Southern staple).
Order this with a side of grilled wedges and wash it down with a Bourbon cocktail. There is also a version of this in Savannah, Greenville and Nashville, TN.
Address: 76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, United States
2. Charleston Farmers Market
3. 167 Raw
167 Raw is one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Charleston here you will find contemporary seafood such as oysters, lobster rolls, fish tacos & more.
Address: 289 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, United States (They are also opening another on King Street very soon!)
Where to Stay in Charleston?
Two of my favourite places to stay in Charleston include, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel. A luxury hotel with outdoor pool and gourmet restaurant. Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District is also incredible with a pool, meeting spaces and 24/7 meals.
For our full selection of recommended Hotels follow this link HERE.
4. Savannah, Georgia
Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and one of the original 13 colonies. This quaint city is filled with cobblestoned streets, manicured parks and horse drawn carriages. Due to its age, Savannah is a history buffs dream with a variety of Civil war & Revolutionary sites making it a popular place to visit.
In the centre of Savannah you will find the stunning Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. My favourite thing to do here was to drive through Oak tree lane, a real Instagrammable road! It actually made our list: 25 Most Epic Driving Roads in the U.S.A: Road Trip Ideas!
Things to do in Savannah:
1. Drive through Oak tree lane!
This will be one the most memorable drives of your life! Meander through oak tree lane and marvel at the live Oak trees. Which are dripping in Spanish Moss…the native Americans called it “Tree hair”. As you drive off the main road onto oak lane, you will have your breath taken away by this natural wonder!
The speed limit is 15 mph. So drive slow and enjoy the majestic oaks. At the end you, there is a parking lot where you can hop out and take a hike along one of the scenic trails.
Where is Oak Tree Lane?
Try driving oak road at night also, for a spooky drive through the oaks!
Fun Fact: Savannah was also the birthplace of the girl scouts founder
2. Wormsloe Historic Site:
This is a place surrounded by theatrical oak trees and colonial estates.
Address: 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406
Hours: 9:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Admission: $2 and up for the site. But you can stop by and enjoy the alley for free.
A quaint area for museums, shopping and markets.
Address: 36 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401
Hours: Mn-Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
4. Historic Downtown:
Explore Savannah’s Historic District, wander through beautiful cobblestone streets, check out the rustic mansions, 18th-century rowhouses and historic squares.
5. Visit Forsyth Park and a 300 year old oak tree!
Candler Oak Tree is over 300 years old; making it one of he oldest living landmarks in the area! Location: 516 Drayton Street, Savannah, GA 31401. The tree is located adjacent to Forsyth Park
6. Lunch? Head to City Market:
City Market is a bustling area, which offers entertainment, restaurants.
7. Savannah Waterfront
Savannah Waterfront is one of the cities most popular tourist areas, it covers River Street, Factors Walk, Bay Street and Hutchinson Island. Here you can wander the cobblestone streets stop of in the charming inns and take a peek in the antique shops.
Here you can also find Oglethorpe Landing monument, which marks the spot where Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe landed in the port of Savannah in 1733. There is also the Steamship Savannah Marker, (SS Savannah) the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.
Close to Factors walk you will see a 19th-century cotton exchange, a reminder of Georgia dark slave trade past. You should also check out Hutchinson Island, which is easily accessible via the city’s ferry service or via the Talmadge Bridge. Here you will find some nice restaurants and resorts.
8. Gingerbread House
Built in 1899 by Cord Asendorf, this unique house is considered one of the finest examples of Steamboat Gothic architecture in America. These days The Gingerbread House is one of Savannah’s leading event venues, popular with romantic weddings, anniversary parties and other festivities.
9. Dinner: Fine Dining at The Olde Pink House
The Olde Pink House is one of the most popular fine dining restaurants in Savannah. Which serves high end southern cuisine with a modern twist.
Address: 23 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401
Hours: Mn-Sun 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Tue-Sat 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Price range: $31-60
10. Tybee Island – Great for Crab fishing!
If you have time you should head to Tybee Island a great place for Crab Fishing and relaxing. Top 12 U.S states to go Crab Fishing!
Fun Fact: Savannah is home to the 2nd largest St Paddies parade in the USA: For more info check out: 12 Epic Parades in the U.S.A
Where to stay in Savannah?
5. Jacksonville, Florida
Despite Jacksonville being very urban, it also has a few nature and wildlife reserves and lots of golf courses! When you arrive in “Jax” as its known to the locals you will find plenty of options for things to do.
From brewery tours to the fantastic entertainment complex along St Johns River to Bronson Motor Speedway!
Also being part of the Sunshine State, it has some lovely beaches with soft sand & warm seas great for taking a swim, or even try your hand at some kayaking or surfing (I was terrible!).
Where to Eat?
Juliette’s Bistro – Best for Breakfast
Located at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel, Juliette’s Bistro offers American food with a Southern cuisine fusion. I came here for a traditional breakfast buffet called the Art of Breakfast for $21.
Address: 245 Water St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Restaurant Orsay – Best for Dinner
Restaurant Orsay has won multiple awards for being one of best restaurants in Jacksonville, Owner and local Chef Jonathan Insetta has created an incredible French bistro serving Southern influences. Although it’s a fine dining restaurant, the atmosphere is actually warm and casual.
Reservations are required, I went on a Wednesday night and it was packed out!
Address: 3630 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32205
6. St Augustine, Florida
St Augustine in Florida is a quaint, magical city which is perfect for a weekend getaway! It’s small enough to walk around yet large enough to enjoy great deal of things to do, from family entertainment to nature, history & culture!
St Augustine was voted “Floridas most walkable city“ by Town & Tourist Readers. So this is a great place to park up for a weekend.
Day 1: Colonial Quarter & Pirates!
After arriving in St Augustine, you will want to take a journey back in time to the Colonial Roots. Head down to the Colonial Quarter and wander through the meandering cobblestoned streets, you will understand why St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States!
St. George Street
St. George Street is the main walkway through St Augustine. Walking along here you will get a real feel for the city and it’s checkered past of European Colonialists and Pirates!
If you have a family, why not get your kids an eye patch from one of the quaint shops along this street…this will really help excite the imagination of your entire family. This is also a popular area for souvenirs on the way back.
Castillo de San Marcos Fort
Castillo De San Marcos Fort is the perfect landmark to relive the famous Colonial Battles. of St Augustine. As the Spanish Colonies brought Gold, Silver and other riches to St Augustine. The Pirates came to attack & Pillage!
The oldest House in St Augustine (González–Alvarez):
Be sure to check out the oldest surviving house in St Augustine, the González–Alvarez House, dating back to 1723. The oldest store is also a popular attraction.
St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum:
Head to the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum to get a infamous perspective on the battles, from pirates of course…arghhh!
Day 2: Anastasia Island & Ghost tour:
Head to Anastasia Island, for some gorgeous beaches and coastal attractions. Highlights Include:
- St. Augustine Lighthouse
- St Augustine Alligator Farm
- Fort Matanzas National Monument (Built in the 18th Century)
- Lighthouse Avenue
- Farmers Market (Every Saturday)
Head down to the Farmers Market on Saturday Morning. It’s just 20 mins walk from the lighthouse, at St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Every Saturday you can check out the fresh foods, live music and hand made items.
St Augustines Lighthouse:
Where to Eat?
- Osteens Restaurant (Lunch): For Seafood Lover, Shrimp, fresh fish and the Clam Chowder!
- Sunset Grille (Dinner) – Beachfront views & “New Minoran Chowder”
- Gypsy Cab (Unique Casual dining)
Best Tours in St Augustine:
Ghost Tour of St Augustine:
This is a great tour for couples & families alike! A story telling guide accompanies you around the city at night and tells you ghoulish, ghostly tails about various landmarks from the old Jail to the Old drug Store. Many tour companies offer similar tours throughout the city, this ghost tour is the one our family has a great experience with!
Pirate Ship Black Raven – Best Tour for Families!
My Family had such a fantastic time on the Pirate Ship Black Raven Boat Tour! It’s a truly immersive Pirate experience on a real life Pirate Ship! The Kids get to dress up as Pirates an hop on board the cruise.
Places can sell out pretty fast, so book well in advance. For more details & to book head to Viator.
(The provider Viator also offers free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance so there is no reason not to reserve.)
Where to Stay in St Augustine?
For our Recommended Hotel Deals in St Augustine, follow the link HERE
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7. Orlando, Florida
If you have a family or are just a couple of adrenaline junkies, there will surely be something to excite you in Orlando.
From the Iconic Disney World Resort, to Universal Studios and even GatorLand! When we went to Orlando, we chose to head to Universal Studios & Gatorland partly because our kids weren’t really young and partly because we felt Universal Studios kept more people in our group happy.
Gatorland Theme Park:
After a couple of wild days at Universal Orlando parks, we decided to mix it up a little and head to the “Alligator capital of the world”. Nestled inside a 110 acre wildlife preserve is a fun packed entertainment resort with allows you to get up close & personal with some crazy crocs!
Canaveral National Seashore
While in the area you should also check out Canaveral National Seashore located on a barrier island around 15 minutes north of Kennedy Space centre. It is a recreational Paradise of natural beauty. Perfect for hiking, fishing, Kayaking, swimming, camping & even horse riding!
Be sure to check out, the sea turtle conservation & the interactive exhibits around the park. Suitable for all ages.
Kennedy Space Centre
Located just one small step from Orlando, is Kennedy Space Centre! (It can be reached by by car in 1 hour.)
This is probably one of the most iconic attractions in the area. Kennedy Space Centre has been the primary launch centre for NASA human powered flights, since 1968.
Where to Stay in Orlando?
For our Recommended Hotel Deals in Orlando, follow the link HERE
For more on Orlando, check out: Florida Itinerary 10 Days: Epic!
8. Hutchinson Island
From Fort Pierce area hop back onto gorgeous A1A and drive down to Hutchinson Island. Hutchinson Island is known for idllyic beaches, vast nature preserves and parks. It consists of two barrier islands on the coast of Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties in Florida.
Things to do on Hutchinson Island:
- Drive coastal highway A1A
- Go Turtle watching at Jensen Sea Turtle Beach
- Relax at Stuart Beach
- Dive into some water-sports such as Kite surfing, wake boarding (Next level are a good provider)
- Florida Oceano coastal centre.
Florida Oceano Coastal Centre is marine life nature centre and a interesting place to learn more about the local sealife
9. West Palm Beach, Florida
Road Trip Route: Hop back onto coastal highway 1 and head down to West Palm Beach.
West Palm Beach is arguably the most underrated city in Florida! In the shadow of big dogs like Miami and Orlando, West palm beach offers a nice blend between the two cities. Here you will find captivating street art , tongue fizzling food tours, shops, bars and clubs.
Things to do at West Palm Beach
One of my favourite places to visit in West Palm Beach. Here you will find over 150 classic video games and pinball machines, the $15 entrance fee includes unlimited free games!
- Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
Ann Norton Sculpture gardens has a unique display of stone sculptures which will captivate the imagination.
Theatre with dance, opera and concerts.
Where to Eat?
Some great places to eat at West Palm Beach include, mouth watering tapas from The Blind Monk and tasty treats from the traditional Swedish Coffee Shop Johan Joes. I highly recommended a Palm Beach food tour which offer 13 different tasting options!
Where to Stay in West Palm Beach?
For our Recommended Hotel Deals in West Palm Beach, follow the link HERE
10. Miami Florida
WELCOME TO MIAMI! Experience the energy, the culture and of course the Miami Lifestyle. A popular way to see all the sights is via a tour , this is a nice way to learn about the city, get your bearings & see all the great attractions.
A Drive down Ocean Drive, will really open your eyes to Miami’s art deco style and reveal it’s colors. There is also, lots of great places to eat here, family activities and even a vibrant Nightlife along the main strip.
With so many attractions to choose from in Miami, it’s hard to know where to start. Miami Zoo, is a good place to keep everyone happy, suitable for families, couples and even groups of friends!
Miami Zoo, as a large selection of some of the most exotic wildlife in the world! It also hosts a variety of fun packed & interesting activities & animal exhibits. You can explore the zoo on foot alone, take a guided tour and even a comfortable driving tour over the 750 acres of land!
After a big day touring the city & getting wild at Miami Zoo, you should spend a morning at the famous Miami Beach. The wide beaches run from North Shore Open Space Park, through palm fringed Lummus Park, all the way to South Pointe Park.
South Beach – Is one of the most Iconic parts, popular with models, movie stars and celebrities. A great place to check out.
After checking out Miami Beach, head down to Miami Seaquarium, this is a fantastic place which can easily take a full day up!
Bucket List Experiences:
- Swim with cute seals
- Become a sea life trainer for the day
- Dive into the reefs while wearing a dive helmet.
- Variety of Exhibits & Attractions.
How long should I stay in Miami?
Miami is such a vibrant, diverse city you could easily spend over one week here and still not experience everything! But I recommended three days as a minimum to really get the most out of the city!
For our Recommended Hotel Deals in Miami, follow the link HERE
Insider Tip: The Hotels in best parts of Miami sell out fast, so book well in advance, to avoid disappointment! My friend ended up stuck right out in the sticks!
For our full Miami Itinerary check out: Florida Itinerary 10 Days: Epic!
Road Trip Tips:
- Make sure you have all your Travel Essentials
- Make sure you have all your Travel Accessories
- Purchase a Epic Travel Camera to capture some scenic shots to show your friends/family!
- Make sure your Car is serviced, with a spare tire or alternatively rent a fully reliable car.
How to get the best car rental Deals?
Check out: Ultimate Car Rental Travel Hacks!