An Atlanta to Destin road trip is perfect for lovers of the great outdoors because they can go fishing, zip lining, canoeing, and hiking. There are also plenty of historical sites that you will want to visit, such as the National Civil War Naval Museum. There are fantastic campgrounds to stay in at night so that you can be ready to explore Warm Springs and Columbus, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama.
There are no national parks along the route of your Atlanta to Destin road trip, but there are several national historical parks that you won't want to miss. Check out RVshare's national parks guide so that you can plan future road trips.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park
Start your Atlanta to Destin road trip by visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Begin your visit by finding out the latest schedules and seeing the Children of Courage and Courage to Lead exhibits. Then, head to the D.R.E.A.M. Gallery to see the frequently changing exhibits focusing on the role that Dr. King’s legacy has played through time. Tour the home where Dr. King was born. See the Ebenezer Church where Dr. King preached his first sermon and where his funeral was held. See the exhibits at the King Center focusing on Coretta Scott King and Mahatma Gandhi. End your stop at the International World Peace Rose Garden, where you can see over 180 rose species. The garden is especially stunning in spring.
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park
See the earthworks built by the South Appalachian Mississippi people before 1000 A.D. at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park near Macon, Georgia. This park-like setting that you will want to visit on your Atlanta to Destin RV road trip was formerly known as the Ocmulgee Mounds National Monument. You can go hiking on numerous short paths to see areas up close. Go biking on the wooded trail running along the Ocmulgee River and the main park road. Fishing is available in the river, in the streams feeding it, and in the pond. You will definitely want to stop at the museum, which contains more than 1,200 artifacts dating from 10000 B.C.
Panola Mountain State Park
Panola Mountain State Park is located about 15 miles from Atlanta in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Try to get a bull's-eye at the archery range. This park is one of the stops on the 11-mile Arabia Mountain PATH mixed-use trail. You can hike on that trail or find shorter options in the watershed or the conservation area. You can also rent a bike at this park to ride the trail. A special program at this park helps kids and adults safely climb trees.
Indian Springs State Park
Indian Springs State Park near Flovilla, Georgia, is one of the nation's oldest state parks. For a very long time, people have come to this location to soak in the mineral-rich water. Rent a boat to play on the 105-acre lake. Enjoy bird-watching while hiking on the 4 miles of trails at this park. Play a game of miniature golf, or let your children work off their energy on the playground. Wander through the museum to learn about this park’s history as a resort community.
High Falls State Park
The tumbling cascades of water give High Falls State Park near Macon, Georgia, its name. Anglers will want to include this stop on their road trip itinerary from Atlanta to Destin to go fishing for largemouth bass. Hike along the river or climb into the wooded hills. Rent a boat to play on the 650-acre lake. In the summer, play in the swimming pool. Challenge your traveling companions to a game of miniature golf.
Wind Creek State Park
Head south of Alexander City, Alabama, to reach Wind Creek State Park. This park contains one of the largest state-owned campgrounds in the United States. Go fishing and swimming on Lake Marten. Fishing tournaments are held frequently on this lake. The archery range is a unique place to try to hit the target. The 18-hole miniature golf course is a great place to settle a rivalry over who is the best putter. Six skywalks and six zip lines allow you to see this park from a bird’s-eye view. After you have worked up an appetite, head to the café for sandwiches or pizza.
Blue Springs State Park
Stop and swim in the crystal-clear water at Blue Springs State Park near Clio, Alabama. The water for the pools comes from springs under the Earth's surface, and it is 69 degrees year-round. Pumps push 3,600 gallons of water into the octagonal sandy-bottomed pools each minute. There is also a great spot to play volleyball. Relax near the pool or ride a bike around this gorgeous state park.
Fun Spot America Theme Park
Stop in Fayetteville, Georgia, to play at Fun Spot America Theme Park. Ride the thrill rides and the roller coaster. A variety of virtual reality games are available. Practice your baseball swing at the batting cage. Ride go-karts on the two-story-high course. Challenge your friends to see who can get high scores in the arcade. The bumper car area is sure to leave everyone laughing. Finish your day with chicken and waffle sliders or another favorite meal at the café.
Stroll or ride your bike on the 10-mile route running through Callaway Gardens near Pine Mountain, Georgia. Stop and play on one of the most extensive man-made white sand beaches in the world. Gasp in awe as you watch the Florida State University Flying High Circus perform on the beach. See over 1,000 butterflies at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center. See if you can complete the treetop obstacle course and ride the zip line. Two golf courses are also available for visitors to use.
National Civil War Naval Museum
Stop at the 40,000-square-foot National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, Georgia. This museum tells the story of both the Union and the Confederate navies during the Civil War. See several vessels used during the war and the 14 flags from different units served in the war. The most extensive collection of Brooke rifle naval cannons is available for viewing.
Tuskegee National Forest
The Tuskegee National Forest, located near Tuskegee, Alabama, offers four main hiking trails. You can also go mountain biking along three of these trails. Practice your shot on the shooting range. Then, enjoy seasonal hunting at this location. There are also two trails where you can go horseback riding.
Blackwater River State Forest
Blackwater River State Forest is in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties in Florida. There are many areas in this park where you may want to play starting with the Bear Lake Recreation Area which is a beautiful place to go hiking around the 107-acre lake. Go swimming and fishing in the Bone Creek Recreation Area. Ride your off-road vehicle on 52 miles of trails in the Clear Creek OHV Riding Area. The Coldwater Recreation Area is a fantastic place to go horseback riding.
Warm Springs, Georgia
Stop and see Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. There are plenty of other things to see there, including the Historic Pools Museum and Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center. Warm Springs campground options include Ramsey RV Park, F.D. Roosevelt State Park, and Pine Mountain RV Resort. You can find RV dump stations in Warm Springs at F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Ramsey RV Park, and other Georgia locations.
The long Chattahoochee Riverfront is often home to special events and is a fantastic place to hike and bike. You will also want to stop and visit the Coca-Cola Science Center. There are many great campgrounds in Columbus, including Lake Pines Campground and Pine Mountain RV Resort. Columbus dump stations can be found at Lakeside RV Park, Bluff Creek Campground, and other Georgia locations.
You can find many things to do in Montgomery, Alabama, including visiting the National Museum for Peace and Freedom, the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, and the Civil Rights Memorial Center. There are plenty of campgrounds in Montgomery, including The Woods RV Park and Campground, Capital City RV Park, and Montgomery South RV Park. You can find Montgomery RV dump stations at Gunter Hill Campground, Jackson Park, and Love’s Travel Stop.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Atlanta to Destin, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Atlanta or Destin.