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Letter From the Editor: Our Road Trips Issue 2024 Is Here!

By: Erin Byers Murray

See new places in our 2024 road trips issue, hitting the stands DATE

In my family, road trips are an excuse to pack a lot in. We make it a journey—multiple stops, multiple destinations, and plenty of people to see along the way. One of our regular routes takes us from our home in Nashville down to Hilton Head, South Carolina, where my parents live, up to Charleston for something delicious (OK, and a little work), and then over to Fort Mill, South Carolina, where my sister lives. It’s a path of interstate so well-worn, our kids know exactly what exits provide the best breakfast and lunch options. 

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But as I was reading through writer Jennifer Kornegay’s story on page TK, I was thankful for her father’s reminder that the adventure might be more fun if we were to reroute toward county roads and byways. Once you get off the interstates, he says, “you see where life really happens in this country.” It’s true. And this issue, dedicated to Southern road trips, is a tribute to that sentiment. We’ve filled it to the brim with scenic routes, country roads, quiet corners, and, naturally, any number of places to find something delicious to eat.

There might be no more gastronomical way to get to New Orleans than by the route from Little Rock, as writer Kevin Shalin maps out on page TK—take his advice, as well as a few stops to walk it all off. There’s also Layla Khoury-Hanold’s meandering weekend-long exploration of Bath County (page TK), where mineral springs await in Virginia. I personally love our Worth the Drive columns in each region—from a jazz bar in Florence, South Carolina (page TK), to a Lebanese mainstay in Fairhope, Alabama (page TK), these are the spots worth seeking out during an afternoon drive.

And if you’re looking for a playlist for the road, get to know The Red Clay Strays, an Alabama band who kindly offered up their favorite haunts when they’re touring the Southeast on page TK. Because what’s the point of a road trip if it’s not accompanied by good music?

Happy travels.

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Erin Byers Murray, Editor in Chief, @erinbmurray

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