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    Starting Point: Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Southern Atlantic Coast

  • Route distance:
    2,096 km
  • Suggested Time:
    1-2 weeks

Cruise south to soak up coastal charm, sun and top sights

This splendid Southern Atlantic Coast Drive is a 1,800-kilometer trek starting in Virginia Beach, Virginia and ending in Key West, Florida, the southernmost point of the continental USA. The two-lane highway you'll follow shuffles between historical cities and charming beach towns, with long stretches of pristine coastal wilderness in between. What to bring: Beach gear, a cooler of cold drinks and a laid-back attitude.

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King Neptune statue in Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Starting Point: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Start your trip by flying into Virginia's Norfolk International Airport and picking up a rental car. A quick half-hour drive will take you to the well-known Virginia Beach, a coastal city right in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. There’s plenty to do both on- and offshore here. Adventurers can spend the days hiking, paddle boarding and kayaking, while foodies can sample craft beers, take tours of the city’s oyster farms or sample local wine.

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