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Top 10 Trips to Make in the South With Your Dad

June 11, 2019

With Father’s Day right around the corner, there’s still time for you to make plans that allow you to celebrate the dad(s) in your life while building lasting memories together.

And if you don’t have anything in mind, or can’t think of anything to do, that’s where we can help. Here are our top 10 trips to make with your dad. We went ahead and sorted them by state to help you plan your trip faster, and set your sights on a destination that’s within driving distance—no matter who’s behind the wheel.

Florida

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In addition to any number of amusement parks operating this summer, Florida is home to a variety of one-of-a-kind experiences. Daytona International Speedway is one of the Sunshine State’s main attractions and offers events throughout the year. If you’re interested in getting your adrenaline going, sign up for a double ride-along with Dad and take six laps around the track with a professional racing instructor.

Just down the Atlantic Coast from Daytona Beach is the Kennedy Space Center, which offers grouped attractions that reflect specific time periods and achievements. You can meet—and even dine with—astronauts, get a close-up view of Space Shuttle Atlantis, and take part in an Astronaut Training Experience.

Georgia

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Thirsty? If so, head to Atlanta’s World of Coca-Cola, where you and Dad can sample more than 100 different beverages and explore the history behind one of America’s most iconic brands. Spend your day interacting with multiple exhibits, or sign up for a VIP-guided tour that includes faster entry, numerous discounts and a commemorative gift. Bonus—the World of Coca-Cola is located right next to the Georgia Aquarium, which houses more than 100,000 animals, including whale sharks and beluga whales.

Mississippi

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Graceland may be more widely known as the home of Elvis Presley, but he was actually born January 8, 1935, in Tupelo. The Presley family stayed in Tupelo until Elvis was 13 years old—long enough for the King of Rock ’n’ Roll to get a heavy dose of rock, blues, Southern gospel and country music. Each year, more than 100,000 visitors from around the world tour the Elvis Presley Center, which includes the Presley family home, the actual building in which Elvis attended church, and more.

Tennessee

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Founded in 1864, Jack Daniel’s has become synonymous with Tennessee whiskey. This Lynchburg distillery hosts a series of events, including the Flight of Jack Daniel’s Tour, a 90-minute excursion that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how Jack Daniel’s whiskey is made, as well as a stop at historic Barrelhouse 1-14, where you can sip a flight of five different Jack products.

Almost every night of the year, Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry brings generations of country music legends together on the same stage. In addition to a lengthy list of upcoming shows, this Music City landmark offers daytime tours seven days a week, as well as post-show and VIP tours based on event schedules.

Alabama

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A trip through Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma will allow you to learn about some of the most important sites on the Civil Rights Trail. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute features a rendition of a segregated city in the 1950s, a replica of a Freedom Riders bus and even the actual door to the jail cell that held Dr. King. Should you take this historical journey, be sure to visit the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, as well as Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, which is regarded as ground zero in the fight for voting rights.

Bonus: While in Montgomery, check out the Hank Williams Museum in their historic downtown area. Hank’s always singing there.

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