4. Where to get your dance on: The Hank Williams Museum
Hank Williams was arguably one of the most significant singers and songwriters of the 20th century – all of that before he died of a heart attack at age 29. The 6,000-square-foot museum holds Hank's 1952 Baby Blue Cadillac in which he made his final journey, along with suits, boots, hats, awards and more. Prep for your visit by watching Ken Burns' documentary, Country Music, before your road trip.
5. Where to sample the wares: Perdido Vineyard
As you head closer to the water you’ll pass Perdido Vineyards, featuring wines made from Scuppernong grapes, Muscadine grapes, and Alabama apples. Yes – apples! Enjoy free tastings and a tour, and visit the gift shop to purchase wines and vinegars for your beach cookout.
6. Where to chow down with kids: Derailed Diner
Have an engineer-lover in your family? Derailed Diner is the ideal place to stop for lunch. I know – from the outside it looks like someone dumped some old rail cars in front of a travel stop. Just trust us, though. Whether you have fluffy pancakes in the transportation-themed main dining area…or chicken-fried steak in the dining train car…you can’t beat this pit stop.
7. Where to pet a gator: Alligator Alley
You’re almost there, but your little ones might still be hankering for a quick stop. Alligator Alley is calling your name. From the viewing platform you can see more than 200 alligators, then take a walk along the boardwalk to see hundreds more. Your ticket includes a gator-holding selfie op, and the chance to feed them if you come during mealtime.