United States of Design Road Trips: A Southern Route

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No summer in the U.S. is truly complete without a road trip. Today we're featuring a series of suggested itineraries for design-centric domestic travels. Earlier, we traveled through part of the Northeast; now, it's a section of the South. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for some true style and hospitality...

Our Southern United States of Design itinerary starts in Virgina, travels through both of the Carolinas and ends up in Georgia, a state with so much to do design-wise, I'm tempted to hop in my car right now. We'll leave the exact route to you (and your GPS) but here are a few suggested stops to pick and choose from when plotting out your driving directions:

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Monticello from our April Fool's Day house tour post of "Thomas' Custom Southern Charmer"

Art Museums:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

Chrysler Musuem of Art, Norfolk

Interesting Homes to Tour:

Monticello, Charlottesville, on Apartment Therapy

Mount Vernon, Alexandra

Places to Stop, Stay and Visit:

Torpedo Factory Art Center - Alexandria

Metro Modern, Richmond

La Difference, Richmond

Morrison House, Old Town Alexandria

Page House Inn, Norfolk

Flea Markets and Antique Fairs:

Leesburg Antique Shops

Antiques Market at the Virginia Highlands Festival

Apartment Therapy Reader Virginia Neighborhood Guides:

Sarah's Guide to Ghent - Norfolk, Virginia

Catherine's Guide to Carytown - Richmond, Virginia

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Art Museums:

Mint Museums, Charlotte

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Nasher Musuem of Art, Durham

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte

Interesting Homes to Tour:

• The Triange area of North Carolina has the third largest concentration of Modernist Homes in America (after LA and Chicago) - lots of info on upcoming events and tours at Triangle Modernist Homes

Pope House, Raleigh

The Biltmore Estate, Asheville

Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock

Modernist Homes in Charlotte

Places to Stop, Stay and Visit:

High Point - "The Home Furnishings Capital of the World"

High Point Museum/ Furniture Heritage Exhibit

South End Exchange, Charlotte

Post & Gray, Charlotte

Furbish Studio, Raleigh

Flea Markets and Antique Fairs:

Raleigh Flea Market, on Apartment Therapy

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Historic Charleston Foundation House Musuems

Art Museum:

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia

Interesting Homes to Tour:

Aiken Rhett House, Charleston

Heyward - Washington House, Charleston

Nathaniel Russell House, Charleston (with an amazing free flying staircase)

Places to Stop, Stay and Visit:

Elizabeth Stuart Design, Charleston

The Battery, Charleston

Flea Markets and Antique Fairs:

Barnyard Flea Markets, Lexington, Greer and Fort Mill

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Made famous in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Savannah's Mercer Williams House

Art Museums:

SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) Museum of Art

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens

Telfair Museums, Savannah

Museum of Design, Atlanta

Interesting Homes to Tour:

Mercer Williams House, Savannah

Owens-Thomas House, Savannah

Northcrest MCM Subdivision

Places to Stop, Stay and Visit:

Downtown Design District, Savannah

DC2 Design, Savannah

The Paris Market, Savannah

Shop SCAD, Savannah

Pieces, Atlanta

Mothology, Atlanta

Staceage, Atlanta

Flea Markets and Antique Fairs:

Scott Antique Market, Atlanta

Keller Flea Market, Savannah Region

Apartment Therapy Reader Recommendations:
Things to Do in Savannah

This list is just a start - we know that YOU know some great places to add to this itinerary - please share your favorite shouldn't miss stops in these Southern states with us all in the comments below...

Images: North Carolina - via High Point Museum

Re-edited from a post originally published 7.18.11 - JL