If you’re planning a trip through the southern part of the United States, then you are in for a treat. These are five of the most fun cities between Maryland and Florida.
It might not be Maryland’s capital, but it certainly could be. Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland and the 26th most populated in the US. But, what you’ll like most about Baltimore is that you can experience the excitement of a big city at whatever pace you are comfortable.
If you’re looking for a relaxing, low-key Baltimore activity, you have to visit the National Aquarium. With almost 20,000 animals, you’re guaranteed to find something that catches your eye. The best part is, the aquarium is located right next to downtown where there are several affordable hotels to choose from. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, Baltimore certainly has that. From a wide range of bars and night-clubs to professional sporting events, there is an activity for almost any interest.
A little further south of Baltimore is our next city, Louisville. This is Kentucky’s largest city and an excellent place to stay a few days. There are a lot of fun activities in Louisville, but if you are targeting a date to plan your trip, you should aim for early May. Louisville becomes a festival about two weeks before the world-famous Kentucky Derby which is held the first Saturday of May.
If you’re looking for fun activities other than the Kentucky Derby, you’ll love what Louisville has to offer for bourbon lovers. Roughly 32% of the world’s bourbon is made in Louisville. That means you can pretty much find a distillery on any corner. Also, don’t forget the bars are open until 4 a.m. in Louisville. If you don’t want to go too far to find your bed after a night out, you should book a room at the Galt House Hotel, which has a saloon in it!
Durham, North Carolina
As we continue downward, we come to Durham, North Carolina. Durham isn’t as big as some of the other cities on this list, but it does have a huge tradition and thriving community. This city is home to Duke University and if you are staying in a hotel near campus, you should try to catch one of the Blue Devil’s basketball games. Aside from visiting Duke University, you need to explore the town and try the cuisine. One of the best places to grab a bite to eat is a little sandwich shop called Toast.
Dunwoody is a hidden gem on the outskirts of Atlanta. It offers a ton of affordable lodging options for those visitors looking for a place to stay near Atlanta. For those interested in exploring Dunwoody, there are some great options for you as well. Shopaholics will fall in love with the amount of options that Dunwoody’s malls have. The Perimeter Mall has over 200 stores and just down the road is a collection of locally-owned shops for more boutique shopping. There are also a number of local art exhibits and outdoor activities for the more adventure-minded tourists.
West Palm Beach, Florida
Much further down south we come to our last city, West Palm Beach. Words cannot even begin to describe how beautiful this South Florida city is. A combination of gorgeous weather, pristine beaches, and incredible cuisine makes visiting West Palm Beach a must if you are traveling through Florida. If you want to get a good understanding for the fun atmosphere of West Palm Beach, then you have to take a stroll down Clematis Street. It has everything that epitomizes the city, including bars and lively restaurants, as well as beautiful architecture, great music, and a ton of culture. If you want to stay near the action, the Residence Inn is just a few blocks down from Clematis Street.
Now that you’ve seen a few of the fun options for trips in the southern part of the Country, all you have left to do is plan your vacation! Let us know if you have any must-see cities in the south.
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