8 Trips Every Mother and Son Should Take Together At Least Once

Mother-Son Trips
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There comes a time when a Southern mama realizes that the four-year-old boy that used to cling to her leg isn't so little anymore, and that's a mighty sad moment. But like all things, the relationship evolves into something new. Now, you can enjoy each other's company instead of hollering about chores, school, and whatnot. Silver lining, right? Really, there's nothing quite like the bond between mother and son. Every mother just wants to raise a healthy, polite, educated, genteel Southern gentleman that knows you should treat every lady like you would your mother. Which is, like a queen. (Obviously.) Now, that may seem like a tall order—and it is. But our mamas do it every day, and they deserve something special in thanks. A trip, perhaps? *nudge nudge*These mother-son trip ideas are guaranteed to send every duo on a weekend getaway worth remembering. Whether you end up eating barbecue at a famous North Carolina joint, meandering your way down River Street in Savannah, hiking up a Tennessee mountain range, or sinking your toes in the sand on the shores of South Carolina, you'll be doing it together. And that's the most important part. Whether you're sticking with just the two of you or inviting the whole gang to meet you there, it's going to be a blast. He's never too old to hang with his mama, after all. Grab your bags, and get ready for some mother-son bonding. These are the best trips for mothers and sons to take together at least once.

01 of 08

A Road Trip

New River Gorge, West Virginia
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Just imagine—you, your son, and the open road. Will there be singing along to classic 80s hits? Most definitely. Is somebody going to do too much passenger-seat driving? Most likely. Will there be deep conversations about life? Absolutely. (That's the best part.)

Read more: 7 Reasons You Should Take a Trip with Your Daughter Every Year

02 of 08

A Sightseeing Getaway

Charleston's Rainbow Row Homes
Peter Frank Edwards

Think Nashville's Music Row, New Orleans' Bourbon Street, D.C.'s Pennsylvania Avenue, Savannah's River Street, and Charleston's Rainbow Row. The South is packed with famous streets waiting to be explored. More still, we can't forget about all of the historic squares, cobblestone streets, and skyline steeples.

Read more: Why Charleston Is the South's Best City

03 of 08

An Outdoor Adventure

Tallulah Gorge State Park Bridge
Robbie Caponetto

The South is privy to some breathtaking mountain views, and there's no better way to experience them than hiking, kayaking, and zip-lining your way through the scenery with your game-for-anything dude. Hit the mountains at the turn of the season to catch fall color that will take your breath away.

Read more: 20 Charming Mountain Towns to Visit This Fall

04 of 08

A Game Weekend

University of Georgia, Athens
Robbie Caponetto

Roll Tide! Go Dawgs! Hook 'em Horns! No matter your collegiate affiliation, a gameday weekend is about as fun as it gets in the South. The tailgates are teeming with food, the stadiums are buzzing with school pride, and the streets are rife with rivalry. Ah, football season—we salute thee.

Read more: The South's Best College Towns

05 of 08

A Cultural Trip

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Tailor this idea to fit your interests. It might be visiting the King's old stomping grounds, Graceland, in Tennessee. It might be hitting the Texas State Fair and getting a deep-fried Twinkie. It might be touring Ernest Hemingway's haunts, including his favorite bar and former home, in the Florida Keys. It might be chasing your first encounter with Lexington-style barbecue doused in vinegary sauce at iconic Lexington Barbecue in North Carolina. It might be touring the new national memorial and museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery. Go out there, and conquer everything the South has to offer.

Read more: 50 Undiscovered Places You'll Love in the South

06 of 08

A Beach Getaway

The South’s Best Beach Town: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Peter Frank Edwards

If you're both in need of some rest and relaxation, the beach is the easiest decision ever. Sink your toes in the sand, grab a good book, and live a slower pace for a spell. And don't forget to hit a seafood dive (or two, or three).

Read more: The South's Best Beach Towns 2022

07 of 08

A Foodie Weekend

Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
Southern Living

Well, well, well…if it isn't our most favorite trip idea of all. Because spending the weekend thinking only about finding the best food in the South is already what we like to do. Now, it's warranted. Celebrated, even! Get your gumbo in Louisiana, hot chicken in Tennessee, shrimp and grits in South Carolina, barbecue chicken with white sauce in Alabama, and Frito pie in Texas. Pick a city or state, and never (ever!) start counting calories.

Read more: The Most Iconic Dishes from Every Southern State

08 of 08

A Big City Trip

What to Do: Catch a Rising Country Star
Robbie Caponetto

Bright lights, big city: Pick a Southern city neither of you have ever experienced, and hit the streets (preferably, historic cobblestone streets). Between the sightseeing, good eating, and exciting atmosphere, you're set to have a blast worth documenting—so take plenty of pictures!

Read more: The South's Best Cities 2022

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