There are many fine drives through the Southern United States which my wife and I have been on a lot of different times of the year. Before you make your trek through the Southern United States you should make sure you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy the sites you’ve seen, have all the directions or GPS so that you don’t get too far off track, and have a still or video camera so you can chronicle your journey for friends to enjoy.
Mobile Alabama to Port St Joe Florida along I-10 (222 miles 4 hrs): This trip through the south was one which I never would have thought of had I not been making it myself. Mobile, Alabama is a city and Port St Joe Florida is not. Heading out of Mobile, Alabama though you might think that there would be all the usual trappings of urban life; this, again, as a thought would be wrong. 10 minutes out of Mobile and, especially at night, you’re in the middle of nothing. Pitch black at night only heightens the drama and makes the appearance of Port St. Joe that much more dramatic. Port St. Joe would be what I would characterize as the end of the world; on one side you’ve got land, on the other you’ve got the Gulf of Mexico. It may be best to make this trip in the wee hours of the morning so it’s still dark when you’re pulling out of Mobile and it’s daybreak in Port St. Joe.
Las Vegas Nevada to Phoenix Arizona along US-93 (299 miles 6 hrs): Many folks feel that visiting Sin City isn’t worth their time because they don’t gamble or what have you. However the drive from Las Vegas into Phoenix is actually quite striking. The approach into Las Vegas from the west is quite interesting as well, as there is nothing for miles and miles and then suddenly there is this very low lying city of eternal lights. However when you’re leaving Las Vegas and you’re heading almost due south into Phoenix, there is plenty to see on this trip. Take this trip during the daytime so you can stop off at the Nevada/Arizona border and check out the Hoover Dam. Then driving south much like the trip into Las Vegas there is not a whole heck of a lot for you to see; until you get just outside of Phoenix. Then once more, sprung up from nothing, you’ll see this wonderfully populous area which is the city and outer lying areas of Phoenix Arizona.
Lafayette Louisiana to Grand Isle Louisiana along US-90 (171 miles 3 hrs): This is a drive which is not for those with a weak constitution. The drive from Lafayette to Grand Isle takes you quite literally to the end of the United States. Lafayette is a small and eclectic town but Grand Isle is totally even more original. Down in the swamp with so many different passages over the water and so many kinds of smaller airboats, canoes, and other shanty vessels, the trip through the bayou of Louisiana is one to remember.
There are many roads you can take in and around this great nation of ours, but consider these three trips when you’re out and about in the Southern United States.