SOUTHEAST USA TRAVEL GUIDE

Why would an Aussie family chose to live permanently in Raleigh, NC?

We know how weird it sounds, but we fell in love, not only with the vibrant lifestyle of Raleigh, but the stunning landscapes and historical stories and rich culture that surrounds it.

Southeast USA is home to beautiful mountains, small towns, stunning beaches, innovative food, and growing craft beer scene.

We also feel it's where you'll find some of the friendliest people in the USA, particularly in our hometown, Raleigh, NC.

Scroll below to find some of our highlights and favorite experiences in the Southeast USA including festivals, mountains, lakes, beaches and fun road trip ideas.

SOUTHEAST USA ROAD TRIP IDEAS

Things to do in North Florida

18 Fantastic Things To Do In North Florida (escape the typical crowds)

Leave behind the well-known Florida destinations and head to a quieter, more rural experience in Natural North Florida. One where your bliss is kayaking down […]

Best places to go in North Carolina mountians

Top Places To Go in the North Carolina Mountains (Western NC)

Now that we live permanently in Raleigh which is a great base to explore the Tar Heel state, we’re excited to start taking road trips […]

Wrightsville Beach - one of the best places to visit on a East Coast road trip

Places to Visit on a South East Coast Road Trip (North Carolina – Florida)

Are you planning a South East Coast road trip? Let us help you with our top suggestions on places to visit on the East Coast […]

Sunset at Morton Overlook in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of the best places to visit in Tennessee

4 Best Places to Visit in Tennessee

Planning a trip to Tennessee? After a month long Tennessee road trip, here are 4 of our favorite places to visit in Tennessee and suggestions on what to see and do in each destination!

SOUTHEAST USA BEACHES

16 of the Most Fun Things to Do in Outer Banks, North Carolina (don’t miss #12)

After experiencing many of the fun things to do in Outer Banks and its natural beauty, we can report that this destination is just heaven. […]

Best things to do in Cedar Key, Florida

Amazing Things To Do In Cedar Key (it’s a throwback to Old Florida)

You’ll be happy to know you don’t have to completely ditch the Florida beaches on your visit to Natural North Florida. One thing we love […]

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Why You Should Visit Wrightsville Beach, one of the Best Beach Towns in North Carolina (and our fave!)

Thinking about where to travel next? Or a beach vacation anytime of the year and looking for the best beach towns in North Carolina? Below […]

Marco Island, Florida

16 Spectacular Florida Vacation Spots For Those Dreaming of The Sunshine State

Are you looking for advice on the best Florida vacation spots? We are here to help. From personal experience, down below we share the best […]

Orange Beach Vacation Rentals, Alabama

12 Fun Things to do in Gulf Shores Alabama (beach fun ahead!)

Planning to visit Gulf Shores Alabama and Orange Beach? We were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed our three day beach vacation here, and […]

The chill atmosphere, the dolphins playing in the surf, and the salty ocean breeze made for the perfect end to our day. Thank you again @ytravelblog for the awesome recommendations you always have!

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UNIQUE SOUTHERN TOWNS

25 Favorite Things to Do in Raleigh, NC (Our Locals Guide)

Okay, so this post has been a long time coming – like 14 years coming! Not sure why it’s taken us awhile to write a […]

The Slave Canal, Florida

14 Fantastic Things To Do In Monticello, Florida (including adventure & history)

Every now and then you find a place like Monticello, Florida that pulls you in and welcomes you like a long-lost friend. A place where […]

Best things to do in Beaufort, South Carolina

Essential Things to Do in Beaufort SC (on a relaxing short break)

If you’re a fan of the movie Forrest Gump, then you’ve already traveled to Beaufort, South Carolina. You just thought you were in Alabama with […]

David Arms Gallery Leipers Fork Tn (1)

6 Captivating Things to do in Franklin TN (Day Trip From Nashville)

Top things to do in Franklin TN with kids including the cute Magpies Boutique store, Civil War House tours, good tacos and live music.

French Quarter Kids tour

Best Things to Do in New Orleans with Kids!

Should you visit New Orleans with kids? The short answer, yes, you absolutely can bring the whole family. Our recent family trip to New Orleans […]

What to do in Charleston

What to Do in Charleston, South Carolina

Looking for tips on what to do in Charleston, South Carolina? As part of our city guides series, we interviewed Caroline Eubanks who visited Charleston, SC every year […]

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SOUTHEAST USA OUTDOOR BEAUTY

The Wacissa River Florida

Fun Airboat + Kayak Adventures on the Wacissa River, Florida

Our airboat zig zagged over eelgrasses and aquatic plants and past startled alligators on the Wacissa River, Florida. Savannah clutched my arm with a mixture […]

Chimney Rock NC

Climb 499 Steps To The Top of Chimney Rock, NC for Incredible Views!

Chimney Rock State Park is one of the most popular parks to visit in Western North Carolina. And climbing the 499 steps to the top […]

Best things to do in Lake Lure NC

Slip Into Serenity With These 8 Things To Do In Lake Lure, NC

Discover the best Things to do in Chimney Rock And Lake Lure NC for serenity and fun. Lake Lure near Asheville North Carolina is one of my favorite places in the US.

Camping at Kerr Lake NC

Family Fun Camping at Kerr Lake NC

Kerr Lake NC is the perfect camping getaway especially with kids and with friends. Prepare for some kneeboarding and tubing fun and total relaxation

Cades Cove Tennessee bike ride

Cades Cove bike ride, Great Smoky Mountains National Park – we saw bears!

We saw bears. Lots of them on our Cades Cove bike ride in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I thought that when, or if, […]

SOUTHEAST USA CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

Explore the Oakleigh Garden Historic District in Mobile, Alabama

Fun & Interesting Things to Do in Mobile, Alabama

Mobile is the 4th destination we have visited in Alabama so far, and the more we explore this state the more we enjoy it’s history, culture […]

Colonial Williamsburg

See History Come Alive in Greater Williamsburg VA (don’t miss it)

Historic Williamsburg in Virginia is the place to see history come alive. There are so many great things to do in Greater Williamsburg with kids including Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Battlefields and American REvolution Museum.

Brent’s Soda Fountain in Jackson, Mississippi

22 Fun Things to Do in Jackson MS to Discover the City With Soul

What does it mean to be the City With Soul? This is what was on my mind when planning our trip to Jackson, Mississippi. How […]

Things to do in New Orleans with kids - Enjoy the Mardi Gras Festival

How to Enjoy New Orleans Mardi Gras with Kids (yes you can!)

“Don’t take the kids to Mardi Gras in New Orleans” they said. “Are you sure you want to go to Mardi Gras with kids?” We […]

The Freedom Rides Museum Montgomery Alabama (1)

5 Important Experiences on the U.S. Civil Rights trail in Montgomery AL

Montgomery Alabama is really the birthplace of Civil Rights Movement. There are five important experiences on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail in Montgomery Alabama that will help you gain an understanding of the struggles and the triumphs and how what happened here changed the world.

Durham Bulls baseball game Durham NC

An Iconic Night at the Durham Bulls Baseball Game, NC

The Durham Bulls are an iconic minor league baseball team. We had a fun night experiencing American culture at the Durham Bulls game in Durham North Carolina. Do you like going to baseball games with your kids?

FUN MUSIC EXPERIENCES IN THE SOUTHEAST

Rascal Flatts Grand Ole Opry (1)

5 Outstanding Live Music Experiences in Nashville, TN

5 Must Not Miss live music experiences in Nashville TN. Check out the Grand Ole Opry, Bluebird Cafe and more for the best things to do in the Music City

Sun studios memphis tennessee (800 x 533)

Visit Graceland, Sun Studios and Studio B, TN (Feel the Spirit of Elvis Presley)

Visit Graceland in Memphis, including the Graceland mansion. Sun Studios, Memphis and STudio B in Tennessee will give you greater insight into Elvis Presley

Beale Street - one of the best places to visit in Memphis, Tennessee

11 Insanely Cool Things to Do in Memphis with Kids (or without)

This is not your typical things to do in Memphis with kids guide. Yes, you can visit Memphis with kids and still do adult stuff. […]

Performers during the Grand Ole Opry Show in Nashville

A Magical Grand Ole Opry Experience (what dreams are made of)

As the curtains rise and the first performer comes out, I think of my Mum. I’m sitting in the chair that she has long dreamed […]

SOUTHEAST USA ACCOMMODATION TO LOVE

Orlando vacation homes are perfect for large groups of family or friends

Rent a Vacation Home Near Disney World, Orlando with friends

What do you do when you’re presented with an opportunity to stay in an 8,000 sq.ft Orlando vacation home with a private pool that sleeps […]

The Biltmore House ASheville North Carolina

Welcome to the Largest Home in America: Biltmore Estate, North Carolina

Tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate & Gardens: Biltmore House tours, Antler Village and winery places to stay in Biltmore Estate Asheville North Carolina

OUR SOUTHEAST USA FAVORITES

25 Favorite Things to Do in Raleigh, NC (Our Locals Guide)

Okay, so this post has been a long time coming – like 14 years coming! Not sure why it’s taken us awhile to write a […]

16 of the Most Fun Things to Do in Outer Banks, North Carolina (don’t miss #12)

After experiencing many of the fun things to do in Outer Banks and its natural beauty, we can report that this destination is just heaven. […]

Best things to do in Cedar Key, Florida

Amazing Things To Do In Cedar Key (it’s a throwback to Old Florida)

You’ll be happy to know you don’t have to completely ditch the Florida beaches on your visit to Natural North Florida. One thing we love […]

Things to do in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

2 Day Itinerary: Things to Do in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Looking for things to do in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina? Look no further. We enjoyed a lovely three-night stay in March, and below we share […]

Best things to do in Lake Lure NC

Slip Into Serenity With These 8 Things To Do In Lake Lure, NC

Discover the best Things to do in Chimney Rock And Lake Lure NC for serenity and fun. Lake Lure near Asheville North Carolina is one of my favorite places in the US.

Things to do in New Orleans with kids - Enjoy the Mardi Gras Festival

How to Enjoy New Orleans Mardi Gras with Kids (yes you can!)

“Don’t take the kids to Mardi Gras in New Orleans” they said. “Are you sure you want to go to Mardi Gras with kids?” We […]

15 Awesome Things to Do in Nashville with Kids (adult’s love these too!)

Planning to visit Nashville, TN? Looking for tips on the best things to do in Nashville with kids that adults love too? We took our […]

Cades Cove Tennessee bike ride

Cades Cove bike ride, Great Smoky Mountains National Park – we saw bears!

We saw bears. Lots of them on our Cades Cove bike ride in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I thought that when, or if, […]

FEATURED VIDEO: Beaufort SC

Beaufort is a charming historical town in South Carolina. Press play to discover all the wonderful things you can do in Beaufort, including one of our favoirte beaches on the East Coast: Hunting Island State Beach.

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Travel has been the focus of our life since 1997 - intentionally.

We don't plan on stopping that. We now have a base in Raleigh, NC - after being granted a Green Card for our extraordinary ability in the art of travel blogging.

We will continue to explore more of the US but also intend on traveling further abroad - Europe, South East Asia and Central and South America.

We can't wait to share more of our favorites as we experience them.

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ALL SOUTHEAST USA ARTICLES

25 Favorite Things to Do in Raleigh, NC (Our Locals Guide)

By Caroline Makepeace | September 1, 2020

Okay, so this post has been a long time coming – like 14 years coming! Not sure why it’s taken us awhile to write a post on our favorite things to do in Raleigh, NC, […]

16 of the Most Fun Things to Do in Outer Banks, North Carolina (don’t miss #12)

By Caroline Makepeace | August 27, 2020

After experiencing many of the fun things to do in Outer Banks and its natural beauty, we can report that this destination is just heaven. There’s over 100-miles of some of the best beaches in […]

Things to do in North Florida

18 Fantastic Things To Do In North Florida (escape the typical crowds)

By Caroline Makepeace | August 24, 2020

Leave behind the well-known Florida destinations and head to a quieter, more rural experience in Natural North Florida. One where your bliss is kayaking down meandering rivers, cooling off in refreshing luminous-blue natural springs, and […]

SAvannah Georgia as a stopover podcast

EP 23: Savannah, Georgia as a road trip stopover

By Caroline Makepeace | August 24, 2020

We love to stop in Savannah, Georgia on our road trip to Florida. Find out why it’s a beautiful destination and the perfect half way point. Plus tips!

The Wacissa River Florida

Fun Airboat + Kayak Adventures on the Wacissa River, Florida

By Caroline Makepeace | August 22, 2020

Our airboat zig zagged over eelgrasses and aquatic plants and past startled alligators on the Wacissa River, Florida. Savannah clutched my arm with a mixture of terror and exhilaration on her face. I grinned and […]

The Slave Canal, Florida

14 Fantastic Things To Do In Monticello, Florida (including adventure & history)

By Caroline Makepeace | August 17, 2020

Every now and then you find a place like Monticello, Florida that pulls you in and welcomes you like a long-lost friend. A place where the focus is on community connection and the appreciation of […]

Best things to do in Cedar Key, Florida

Amazing Things To Do In Cedar Key (it’s a throwback to Old Florida)

By Caroline Makepeace | August 11, 2020

You’ll be happy to know you don’t have to completely ditch the Florida beaches on your visit to Natural North Florida. One thing we love about this region in Florida is the diversity and outdoor […]

Best things to do in Beaufort, South Carolina

Essential Things to Do in Beaufort SC (on a relaxing short break)

By Caroline Makepeace | August 6, 2020

If you’re a fan of the movie Forrest Gump, then you’ve already traveled to Beaufort, South Carolina. You just thought you were in Alabama with Bubba’s and Lieutenant Dan’s shrimp boats, running over the bridge […]

Podcast: Wrightsville Brings out Aussie Lingo and Nostalgia

By Caroline Makepeace | July 25, 2020

We had a lot of fun recording this podcast episode and sharing why we resonate so strongly with the beach community vibe of Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.

Things to do in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

2 Day Itinerary: Things to Do in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

By Caroline Makepeace | July 16, 2020

Looking for things to do in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina? Look no further. We enjoyed a lovely three-night stay in March, and below we share our tips on what to do, places to eat and […]

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