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Karen asked

Things to see on road trip from Nashville to Saint Simon's Island, GA

I would like to break up my drive a bit and could use some suggestions for places to check out along the way.

Nashville (Tennessee) Saint Simons Island (Georgia)

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the Parthenon Pavillion Center in Nashville is a great stop near reasturants and a great park to stretch your legs without having to pay for downtown parking.

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Ruth from Southern Pines

My experience with the route from Nashville to Saint Simons Island is mainly in Georgia (State). Most places I know of will be a 2-4 hour stop.  

Of course, there will be mountain road stops where you can take quick breaks.

Dalton has outlet stores and malls which are quite good. Food is also readily available.

If you need new carpet or flooring, Dalton is where you want to be. Most carpet is manufactured in this area, so there are many wholesale stores in Dalton.  I have bought whole house carpeting there 3 times.  

Kennesaw is north of Atlanta. There is Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

Atlanta is near the half-way point to St. Simons Island, Ga.  Of course, in a city the size of Atlanta there are gracious many things to see and do.  The following will add 2-3 hours each to your trip.

A great area of Atlanta is the Centennial Park area.  It is literally surrounded by:

World of Coca-Cola

Georgia Aquarium

CNN Studio Tour

If you like Presidential History visit Jimmy Carter Library and Museum

Stone Mountain Park has several different activities to choose from. 

About an hour further in your trip is Macon which has the Ocmulgee National Monument Visitors Center

The area on Interstate 16 between Macon, Ga and Savannah is mostly farm land and small towns which do not provide many interesting places to stop.  Dublin, Ga provides a good food, gas and bathroom break.  The Metter exit is probably the next best break stop.  

Savannah is a world of its own with many things to see. It is a little less that 1 1/2 hours from St. Simons and a good place to make a pit stop.  To get a taste of the Old South, a ride through to the Battery sea front area and River Street is a fabulous place to tour and visit, but you will want to spend at least 3 - 4 hours to drive into downtown and circle the historic area which will give you enough taste of Savannah to make you want to come back for a long weekend or longer.. In my opinion, It should be at least a half day stop.  One of my favorite destinations

You will love the ambiance of St Simons. It is very peaceful and relaxed.  Have fun on your trip!

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  1. Nashville (city)
  2. Saint Simons Island (attraction)
  3. Georgia (State) (attraction)
  4. Dalton (city)
  5. Kennesaw (city)
  6. Atlanta (city)
  7. Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History (attraction)
  8. Atlanta (city)
  9. Centennial Park (attraction)
  10. World of Coca-Cola (attraction)
  11. Georgia Aquarium (attraction)
  12. CNN Studio Tour (attraction)
  13. Jimmy Carter Library and Museum (attraction)
  14. Stone Mountain Park (attraction)
  15. Macon (city)
  16. Ocmulgee National Monument Visitors Center (attraction)
  17. Savannah (city)

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