Georgia: St. Simons
St. Simons Island offers an island vacation with a heavy dose of history: craggy centuries-old oak trees, a 1872 working lighthouse, a 1736 Episcopal church, and an 18th-century battlefield and fort. Parking is free at St. Simon’s Massengale Park Beach, which also features plenty of opportunities to fish, surf, bird-watch, swim, and drink (yes, alcohol is permitted). Explore the marshes on a kayak or canoe and pedal through more than 30 miles of bike paths on the St. Simons Island Trail System. Island fare includes fresh seafood and Southern comfort food. Don’t miss baked Cajun oysters at The Half Shell or Sweet Mama’s bite-sized Pork Pops, savory biscuits made with bacon, sausage, and cheese.