4 Southern Travel Gems

Owning an RV is the greatest way to explore all of the natural beauty, unique architecture, and diverse culture that exists throughout this magnificent world of ours. It’s a freedom unlike anything other, providing you and your family with countless opportunities for learning and growth.

Mix two parts sugar-white sand with one part crystal blue water. Add a generous helping of Southern hospitality, and you have the key ingredients of the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Mix two parts sugar-white sand with one part crystal blue water. Add a generous helping of Southern hospitality, and you have the key ingredients of the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Still, after several years of traveling, it can be difficult to branch out and identify new roads you’ve yet to discover. That’s why Vogel Talks RVing is posting a series of blog articles—each one focusing on a different region in the U.S. or Canada. Today, we’ll explore four favorite “lesser-known” Southern locations—each representing some of the best camping in the Southeast.

All RV parks included have been personally visited with a minimum of one night of paid camping.

Alabama Gulf Coast

With miles of sparkling turquoise Gulf waters and stunningly white sand, RVers will find what they’re looking for—and more—along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Fresh seafood is the standard along the Gulf Coast. Seafood markets offer shrimp, oysters, crab, and snapper. There are numerous seafood restaurants with an endless assortment of dishes.

Gulf Shores is a coastal, resort community known for its white-sand beaches made almost entirely of quartz grains washed down from the Appalachian Mountains. The Alabama Gulf Coast has flown under the radar for years. Now, more people are starting to realize what an amazing getaway awaits on Alabama’s southern border.

Recommended RV Parks: Numerous 5-star RV parks, resorts, and campgrounds include Lake Osprey RV Country Club, Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, and Gulf State Park

A top rated RV park, Cajun Palms RV Resort is located in Cajun Country at Henderson. © Rex Vogel, all rights

A top rated RV park, Cajun Palms RV Resort is located in Cajun Country at Henderson. © Rex Vogel, all rights

Cajun Country

Adventures in culture, food, and music await in Cajun Country where life is on the spicy side.

With Louisiana flavors such as boudin, crackling, crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, and hot sauce, Acadiana has all the makings for a taste-tempting trip.

But there is more to the Cajun appeal than just the food. Between bites of their tasty cuisine, boredom is never a problem in Cajun Country. Nature experiences are abundant on the Creole Nature Trail, an All-American Road.

Visitors can experience Cajun food, music, history, and culture in cities like Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Houma; in smaller towns like Breaux Bridge, New Iberia, Crowley, and Opelousas.

Recommended RV Parks: Cajun Palms RV Resort in Breaux Bridge, Frog City RV Park in Duson, and A+ Motel & RV Park in Sulphur (near Lake Charles)

Golden Isles of Georgia

Coastal Georgia RV Resort near Brunswick and the Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Coastal Georgia RV Resort near Brunswick and the Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Four of the beautiful isles—St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea—and a nearby coastal town are known collectively as Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia. These coastal isles have long served as refuges for wildlife, havens for millionaires, and bastions of history.

St. Simons and Jekyll islands straddle the Marshes of Glynn, made familiar by Sidney Lanier’s poem of the same name. The area’s beauty and world-class golf courses, facilities, and instructors have earned the Golden Isles its reputation as a golfer’s paradise.

Recommended RV Park: Coastal Georgia RV Resort

Edisto Island

Edisto Island: History, Pure Bliss & More © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Edisto Island: History, Pure Bliss & More © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Edisto Island, a sea island in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, is a rustic world of majestic live oaks that are thickly draped with light-as-air beards of Spanish moss, salt marshes, meandering creeks, and historic plantations.

RVers and other visitors to Edisto Island choose to come here—they don’t come by accident.

Activities include touring Edisto Island, Edisto Island State Park, the beach, and driving/walking tour of Botany Bay Plantation,.

Recommended RV Parks: New Green Acres RV Park in Walterboro and Edisto Island State Park

Worth Pondering…

Y’all Come Back Saloon
She played tambourine with a silver jingle
And she must have known the words to at least a million tunes
But the one most requested by the man she knew as cowboy
Was the late night benediction at the y’all come back saloon

—written by Sharon Vaughn and recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys

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