If you’re planning on taking an Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale road trip, then you’ll be able to see some of the best sites along the Georgia and Florida coasts. You’ll also get to learn some history and have some fun at wonderful national and state parks. There are many interesting places you’ll be able to visit along the way.
On your Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale RV road trip, take time to see some peaceful views at national parks in the South. With RVshare's national parks guide, you can learn more about these scenic spots.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
You don’t even have to leave Atlanta to visit an amazing national historical park. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park is located right in the heart of Atlanta. Instead of walking on mountain trails or rocky pathways, you’ll get to walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr. Attractions include King’s birth home, King’s church, and the King Center, which houses a variety of memorabilia from the life of this legendary civil rights icon. Other places to visit at this park include the Behold Monument, the World Peace Rose Garden, and Fire Station No. 6.
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park is right outside of Macon, so it’s an early stop on your road trip itinerary from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale. As the name implies, its main attractions are the mounds constructed by Native Americans a thousand years ago. You can visit these mounds and explore them; you can also take advantage of multiple short trails that take you through the local woods and along the banks of the Ocmulgee River. Another popular activity is visiting the park’s museum, which displays 2,000 Native American artifacts.
Reconstruction Era National Historical Park
Once you reach the outskirts of Savannah and Interstate 95, you’ll be able to take a slight detour north on your road trip from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale. Reconstruction Era National Historical Park is located in lovely Beaufort, SC, near the coast. This historical park is dedicated to explaining the history of Reconstruction that occurred from the Civil War period up to the early 1900s. You’ll be able to visit various historical locations around Beaufort from this era that have been preserved and turned into exhibits.
Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park is one of two gorgeous national parks located near the Miami area. Once you’ve arrived in Fort Lauderdale, you’ll still be able to hop in your RV and travel down to Everglades National Park. At this 1.5 million-acre park, you’ll be able to explore marshes, grasslands, pine forests, and more. The park has a couple of wheelchair-accessible trails as well as some lovely long ones perfect for hiking, biking, and general exploration. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may spot alligators, panthers, manatees, crocodiles, and a variety of other exotic and/or endangered species.
Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park is across from the Everglades on the Miami coast. Snorkeling and scuba diving are incredibly popular here thanks to the stunning coral reefs and the marine animals that live around them. Boating, fishing, and swimming are also fun activities to do at this coastal national park. Hiking isn’t as frequently done here as the aquatic activities, but you can still take advantage of a couple of short trails and the Biscayne National Park Walk, which takes you all around the shoreline boundaries of this beautiful national park.
High Falls State Park
You won’t have to travel too far on your Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale RV road trip before reaching High Falls State Park. It’s only 50 minutes outside of Atlanta, so it’s an early stop on your itinerary. This lovely state park is aptly named since it contains the biggest waterfall in middle Georgia. The park is over a thousand acres large, so there’s plenty of room for viewing the falls, fishing in the 650-acre lake, and playing mini-golf.
Fort Clinch State Park
Fort Clinch State Park is right across the Georgia/Florida border on Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. Visitors can tour the preserved remains of Fort Clinch, which was important during the Civil War. You can swim and surf in the Atlantic Ocean, and there are plenty of great fishing places as well. Hikers and bikers will enjoy the trails that go through forests, dunes, and ponds.
Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park is on Anastasia Island, which is close to St. Augustine. It contains more than 1,600 acres of beaches, dunes, and marshlands. Visitors can surf, canoe, kayak, and bird-watch here. Another popular activity is to visit the old Spanish Coquina Quarries that are part of the park. St. Augustine is so close that you’ll have plenty of great places at which to eat, drink, and be merry.
Silver Springs State Park
If you want to visit one of the largest artesian springs on earth, add Silver Springs State Park in Marion County, Florida, to your itinerary. Visitors enjoy taking glass-bottom boat tours so they can see the aquatic flora and fauna in the clear water beneath the boat; you can also canoe or kayak here. A couple of trails are in the park, so you can explore the area on foot.
Blue Spring State Park
Those who enjoy manatees should visit Blue Spring State Park in Florida since it’s a manatee refuge. Numerous other species call the park home as well; at least 15 of these plants and animals are endangered or threatened. Since the park is located on the St. Johns River, there are plenty of aquatic activities you can do. Swimming, scuba diving, boat tours, and tubing are some of the crowd-pleasers here.
National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is appropriately located close to the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. It contains numerous exhibits displaying and explaining airplanes and memorabilia from the Eighth Air Force. You can view exhibits that discuss the force’s exploits during World War II all the way up to their role in the present-day armed forces.
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is close to the Ogeechee River and the Chatham Country Wetlands Preserve. Visitors can walk through a wide variety of themed gardens that include numerous plants and flowers from around the world. A cottage garden, a Mediterranean garden, a rose garden, and more are all on display here.
Daytona International Speedway
This iconic motor speedway is home to the legendary Daytona 500 NASCAR race. It also hosts several other NASCAR Cup Series races. Even if you’re not attending a race here, you can still tour the Daytona complex. You'll be able to explore the World Center of Racing, Gatorade Victory Lane, and the brand-new Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
If you’re taking a road trip from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale down the Florida coast, stop by Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. Those who want to learn more about NASA and various space missions can do so at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Rocket Garden, a Shuttle Launch Experience ride, and more are available here.
Rapids Water Park
Rapids Water Park is close to Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach. The 40-plus waterslides and other attractions make this park an enjoyable stop near the end of your Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale RV road trip. Rides like Black Thunder, Brain Drain, Big Thunder, Flow Rider, and Pirates Plunge thrill and delight visitors of all ages.
Macon is close to an hour and a half outside of Atlanta via Interstate 75. In addition to the Ocmulgee Mounds, it’s home to attractions like the Allman Brothers Band Museum, Amerson River Park, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Multiple dump stations and campgrounds are in the area as well. Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Area has a dump station that's free for guests.
The lovely Southern jewel of Savannah is a popular tourist destination in Georgia. The Savannah Historic District, Tybee Island, and numerous other attractions draw in many visitors every year. If you're looking for campgrounds in the area, Savannah Oaks RV Resort is a great option with a dump station available for guests.
Jacksonville is close to the halfway point of your Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale road trip. Attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Flight Fit N Fun, and the St. Johns River are in the area. Some of the top local campgrounds include Pecan Park RV Resort and Big Tree RV Park.
Daytona Beach is a top spring break and summer vacation destination due to its lovely beaches and numerous attractions like Daytona International Speedway and Daytona Lagoon. If you want to explore the region, there are multiple campgrounds in the area.
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