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Best Road Trip Itinerary from Miami (video recap)

 

atlanta road tripBest Road Trip Itinerary from Miami

It is challenging to venture out when you are at the South East corner of the United States. The choices are pretty limited, if you don’t have an open mind. We in Miami consider a road trip to be a routine car drive to the Florida Keys. I’m guilty of making the same mistake too. This time I chose to go north; way up north. Here is the perfect road trip itinerary for a seven day road trip out of Miami. You will need a healthy car as our trip took us just 100 miles shy of 2000 miles and approximately 30 hrs of driving. Don’t worry, it seems like a lot but this itinerary breaks it down to a comfortable drive. Below is a can’t miss video revealing how the idea of a road trip was conceived and also highlights this itinerary with breathtaking footage captured with the new GoPro Hero 5 and Karma Grip Stabilizer.

We had the Lincoln MKX Black Label Edition for a week and took it on a road trip from Miami to Atlanta, North Carolina, and back. As beautiful as the scenery is in Northern Georgia and the Smoky Mountains, we can sincerely say that one of the top highlights of the trip was cruising in the unmatched luxury of the Lincoln MKX. The adaptive cruise control was an impressive feature we quickly got spoiled to and fell in love with. It made the 30 hours of driving and approximate 200o miles a pleasure by self adjusting to the speed of traffic even breaking and resuming your pre-set speed when traffic slows down. The Lincoln MKX also sports the most comfortable luxury leather seating with 22-way adjustable massage settings and with heating/cooling options, a feature that came in handy all through out our road trip, specially on the leg back to South Florida.

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Road Trip from Miami Itinerary

Day 1 Go Karts in Orlandobest road trip itinerary miami

Miami to Orlando 4 hrs drive

We did something different this time in Orlando other than the obvious theme parks. Keeping with the “Road Trip” theme, we took the kids Go-Kart Racing at Kissimmee Gator Go-Karts

Day 2 Georgia Aquarium and Martin Luther Kings Jr. Birthplace

Atlanta bound 6 hrs drive

We left at 5 am and made it to Atlanta at 11 am just in time to spend 4 hrs at the largest aquarium in the United States and see MLK’s birth place before darkness set in. Tip: if you are heading to the Aquarium park at the Aquarium official  parking its only $10 compared to $30 at other spots.

Day 3 Stone Mountain 

20 min drive from Atlanta’s Downtown

We slept at the Comfort Inn in Stone Mountain just 5 minutes from the State Park. We had tickets for the snow rides at Snow Mountain but the weather didn’t cooperate. Yet the scenery, even with the dense fog, was breathtaking. We shall be back.

Day 4 Tallulah Falls and the Smoky Mountains

3 hr drive to Asheville , North Carolina

On our way to North Carolina we stopped at Tallulah Falls in North Georgia. A scenic state park with forest trails and a 399 stair descend to a suspension bridge overlooking the falls. This was one of the kids favorite as they put their muscles to the test. After, we took the scenic Blue Ridge Highway to Maggie Valley N.C. and then Asheville. Tip: A nice and cheap hotel in Maggie Valley is the Ramada Inn which has a creek running through its property.

Day 5 Chimney Rock and Savannah, Georgia

You’ll need 6 hrs for this.

Chimney Rock is only 1 hour from Asheville but you’ll want to experience some of the famous Blue Ridge Highway while you are there, which adds about an hour to the trip.

4 1/2 hrs to Savannah

We stayed in Downtown Savannah at the Comfort Suites. at $126 it was expensive but we wanted something close so we could explore the city. To be fair the Comfort Suites is a 10 minute walk from downtown. They rent bikes for ease and pleasure. We tried going to Paula Dean’s restaurant  Lady and Sons but it was near closing and lucked out  with a great pizza place next door. A bit of rude service but the pizza is really good.

Day 6 St. Augustine

3 hrs drive

St. Augustine is a pleasant surprise of a city. Its charming architecture makes for picturesque settings everywhere as you will see in the video below. We ate at the A1A restaurant overlooking the ocean and enjoying a reasonably priced meal.

Day 7 Unfortunately arrive back home

4 1/2 hrs drive

I really expected this Road Trip from Miami to be a grueling trip. However driving turn out to be a relaxing and mind cleansing experience. A huge reason was the pleasure of driving with the new 2017 Lincoln MKX thank you Lincoln for the loan

It is worthy to note that the Lincoln Motor Company Ended the Year on High Note with 10-Percent Sales Gain in U.S.; China Up Nearly Three-Fold. The U.S. increase comes against a backdrop of a luxury market that gained less than 1 percent.

Growth in 2016 for the brand was particularly robust in key luxury markets like Florida, where sales were up 10 percent in 2016; New Jersey, which was up 9 percent; and New York, where sales increased by 13 percent.

Lincoln closed out the year strong in December, with sales up 18 percent compared to December 2015, driven by the all-new Continental. The Continental was responsible for 64 percent of Lincoln’s growth in December.

Sales of Lincoln Continental in December totaled 1,845, up from November’s 1,419, outselling the Audi A6 and the Lexus GS, according to sales data reported by the respective automakers.

Record sales in China, Lincoln, which first introduced its full vehicle lineup in China in 2015, has now become the fastest growing luxury brand in the country.

Lincoln sold 32,558 vehicles in 2016, nearly a three-fold increase over 2015. Its strong performance was supported by Chinese customers’ positive reception to Lincoln SUVs and the growing number of dealerships, which reached 65 in 2016.

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Total Budget For Road Trip out of Miami for 7 days 

Budget: $875 this includes Hotels for 4, food, tickets and gas.

Miles: 2000 approx.

Hours: 30 approx. total

Days Needed: 7 for comfort 4 for quickness

Note: All opinions in this article are mine. I was not paid  by any of the companies mentioned in this article. All expenses for this trip were paid  entirely by me. I would like to thank the Lincoln Motor Company for the opportunity to drive and review the Lincoln MKX.

 panoramic moon roof

Best Road Trip From Miami / Lincoln MKX panoramic moon roof

Talulah Falls, Georgia

Talulah Falls, Georgia

Sunrise in Florida-Georgia border line.

Sunrise in Florida-Georgia border line.

Sunset still of time-lapse of the Lincoln MKX using the GoPro Time-lapse Video mode

Sunset still of time-lapse of the Lincoln MKX using the GoPro Time-lapse Video mode

Nightlapse using the GopRO suction cup on the Lincoln MKX driver side door.

Nightlapse using the GopRO suction cup on the Lincoln MKX driver side door.

 

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