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The Go BIG Road Trip Itinerary!

So, we have an itinerary for the Go BIG or Go Home Road Trip Extravaganza next week.  Now we’re getting excited! Southbound, the plan is to take I-81 through VA, then I-77 and I-20 south through the Carolinas and into GA. Finally, we’ll catch I-75 to take us to Tampa. On the way back, I-4 to I-95. That route is more direct, but there seems to be less to see in terms of “world’s largest” sites within proximity of the highway.

It’s not an ambitious schedule by any means…did I mention The Girl is only three years old? There are just enough stops to get her out of the car (and out of my hair) once in a while.

My mapping method is very old school. Matt is embarrassed to his very core by this rudimentary system, so lacking is it of bits and bytes.


I ♥ highlighters.

He started a shared Google map, and basically threatened not to do any of the driving if I didn’t enter our coordinates on it. Matt is Tech Boy. Have you seen his post listing all the travel tech gear we bring on trips? Would it surprise you to learn he was the President of the A/V club in high school?

Mapping method 2.0:

Look how I did a "screen grab," oh yeah, uh-huh!

Honey: Screen Shots are not 2.0 – Matt

So, here’s the list of places we plan / hope to see along the way. Stay tuned here, or on Facebook or Twitter to follow our progress!

December 26

Giant Benjamin Moore Paint Can, Shippensburg, PA

Giant Coke Bottle, Hagerstown, MD

World’s Largest Apple, Winchester, VA

Overnight in Jonesville, North Carolina

December 27

World’s Biggest Kid – Edventure Museum (also the south’s largest children’s museum), Columbia, SC

World’s Largest Peanut Monument, Ashburn, GA

December 29

World’s Largest Shuffleboard Club, St. Petersburg, FL

December 30

World’s Largest Speed Boat, Clearwater, FL

January 1

Giant 7-Up can,  Jacksonville, FL

South of the Border and the new Reptile Lagoon (the largest indoor reptile exhibit in the U.S.), SC

Overnight in Rocky Mount, NC

January 2

HOME to world’s most comfortable beds…our own!


  1. December 21, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    Woo hoo! South of the Border! You’ll have a cheesy good time. Make sure you ride the elevator to the top of Pedro’s sombrero.

  2. wendyvee said,
    December 21, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    Great list! I have some of them and most of the rest are on my great big “to-do” list 🙂 I’ve been to Columbia several times and never caught that museum!

    I need to ride down and re-do my picture of the paint can (although, I’ve been waiting for them to “freshen it up”)

    Have WAY too much fun 🙂

  3. Mike said,
    December 21, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    Sounds like an awesome trip. I am not sold on the paint can, but otherwise the stops sound like a lot of fun. Maybe I just don’t fully understand and appreciate the paint can. Does it do something fun and interesting besides advertise its maker? Drive safely and take lots of pictures 🙂

  4. December 21, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

    Sounds like it’s gonna a blast!!!

    We have been to EdVenture in Columbia, SC. It was a great children museum and the kids will love it.

    I didn’t even know we have world’s largest peanut monument. Wonder if it’s the same one we saw every time we drove down I-75 to Florida.

    Oh.. Here is my post about EdVenture: http://www.theqfamilyadventures.com/columbia-with-kids-edventure-childrens-museum/

    • Traci Suppa said,
      December 21, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

      Thanks SO much for the link to your post; I really wanted to know more about the place before we go! Columbia sounds like a great town, but unfortunately we won’t be able to stay very long.

      Yes, I think that peanut must be the one you see along I-75 in Ashburn! I’ll be posting photos!

  5. Ed South said,
    December 23, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    Hey, while your soaking in the World’s Largest Paint Can you’ll be a hop, skip and a jump away from Tiny World. It’s not the World’s Largest Anything…but it’s tiny. If you’re into off beat Roadside Attractions, this one takes the cake. I discovered it through Roadside America’s website, and I’ve got a write up about it at my blog: http://wonderfulworldofblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/its-tiny-world-after-all.html

    Safe Travels!

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