Georgia Southern Center for Wildlife Education
Georgia Southern Center for Wildlife Education

Georgia Family Road Trip

Two parents and two kids. Three days and nearly 600 miles. One big adventure.

The journey begins

My husband Wilson and I grew up in Georgia. It’s where we met and where we bought our first home. We now live a state away with our daughters Lydie, four, and Ellis, seven months, and we want to take them back for a vacation. But getting ready for a road trip with children feels like preparing for battle -- pack light, be prepared for anything. Still, some things are worth fighting for, like instilling a sense of adventure in our children.

And so we go. We’ll begin in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains and end with our toes in the Atlantic Ocean. There will be horseback rides, zip lines, and water parks. We’ll touch snakes, dig for crabs, talk about the Civil War, and read maps (the paper kind). We’ll celebrate the natural wonders and rich history of Georgia, and in the end, our memories will be as packed as our Volvo station wagon. And … we’re off.

Published: January 2015
Written by: Merrell McGinness