6 easy family road trips across the Southern US

When the chance for a much-needed family vacation comes again, consider that you won’t have to go far to get away. We’ve found a ton of reasonable retreats all within close reach of two major US cities, so if your Point A is Atlanta or Dallas, these Point Bs are excellent future road trip destinations.

Best family road trips from Atlanta

The ATL's proximity to other awesome Southern mainstays means your family's next road trip experience could be as great as a Gatlinburg getaway or as sublime as a Savannah sojourn. We do declare, Savannah is just four hours eastbound and down! There are also sweet Alabama charms to be found a 2.5-hour drive away in Birmingham. But if it's fresh Tennessee mountain air, sweeping scenic vistas and hot-tub heaven your crew is after, Gatlinburg it is. This secluded Smokies stay is just a 4-hour hop from Atlanta.

Mountain majesty in Gatlinburg’s Chalet Village >

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Best family road trips from Dallas

The Big D isn’t just a gateway to other stars of the Lone Star State like scenic Canyon Lake, four hours down the road. It’s also just a 4.5-hour haul from here to Arkansas for restorative vibes in legendary Hot Springs. But Broken Bow, Oklahoma, is where you’ll find epic family fun at a place called Sunshine & Memories. (Yes, that’s actually the name!) Can you picture your crew telling tales around the firepit at night? Then giddy-up! It’s only three hours away.

Sunshine & Memories in Broken Bow >

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