Sweet tea, barbecue pork, and NASCAR. These are things that come to mind when people think about the southern United States. And while these themes may ring as true as chicken fried steak, they are by far from an all-encompassing description of life in the region. As many a savvy traveler will tell you, vacation options in the South are as diverse as any in the country. From beaches to mountain escapes to direct access to outer space, the South truly offers something for every family.
And the best part? Most of the fun can be had without breaking the bank. Here are some of our favorite picks for family vacations in the South on a budget–all under $200 a night for a family of four! What are you waiting for, y’all? Pack those bags and start practicing that Southern drawl. It’s time for a trip into the heart of Dixie.
*Prices are for reference and were checked on trivago in August 2020. All prices can vary according to the booking and travel dates.
Endless beaches and oceanfront suites make the Shell Island Resort your family’s little piece of salt life heaven in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. There is so much to love about this resort besides just the price! Let’s start with the accommodations.
This is an all-suites, all-oceanfront resort. Each room boasts its own private balcony, kitchenette, and separate living room and bedroom. You get the vacation rental lifestyle, but with the benefits of a full-service hotel. Hello maid service!
The resort’s secluded location on the northernmost tip of Wrightsville Beach makes you feel like you are on your own private stretch of sand. The 3,000-foot-long beach offers plenty of space to try a new water sport like stand-up-paddle boarding, a sport that Wrightsville Beach is quickly becoming known for as host to the Carolina Cup, one of the world’s largest and most competitive SUP races. Shelling and beach volleyball are also popular family activities at the resort.