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The Southeast is known for warm weather, friendly culture, delicious food, and fun road trips. From the beaches to the mountains, there’s always something to do for every type of traveler. Whether you’re a family looking for a weekend getaway, a couple with eyes on a romantic weekend, or a solo traveler looking to explore the region’s unique culture, The South has it all. Big cities along with small towns and beautiful countryside await.

And the Southeast is also less expensive than some of the other regions of the United States, too. Many travelers come to this area to save some money, while those of us that already live here know that good deals can be found around every corner.

This is a comprehensive guide to finding cheap weekend destinations in the Southeast as submitted by travel experts! It covers destinations for every type of traveler, so read on to find some fantastic inspiration and advice for your next trip.

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Mississippi Gulf Coast by Charles McCool

Spectacular sunsets (and sunrises), stellar seafood, and stunning scenery await visitors to one of the US Gulf Coast’s best secrets, Coastal Mississippi. The birthplace of Jimmy Buffett, childhood home of Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, and secret getaway for Elvis Presley and Al Capone, offers plenty of opportunities to reawaken, recharge, and rejuvenate. Most Mississippi Gulf Coast activities focus on the water and attest to the Secret Coast being affordable and fun—including exploring the largest natural (undammed) river in the lower 48 states, visiting Gulf Islands National Seashore barrier islands, sampling Gulf shrimp and slurping local French Hermit oysters while overlooking a bayou or beachfront, and enjoying phenomenal sunsets (Henderson Point and Front Beach are two suggestions). Downtown Ocean Springs and Bay St Louis are perfect for strolls, sips, and savoring art and magnificent oak trees. Stop in the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs and look for the Angel trees in Bay St Louis. History fans will enjoy Biloxi Lighthouse (can only climb before 9:30am), Charnley-Norwood House (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan), and 100 Men Hall. Foodies should allow time to visit the James Beard nominated chefs at Vestige and White Pillars.

By Charles McCool from McCool Travel

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