There are reasons to detour off of Highway 17 (surprising, right?) - and one really great reason is to visit Dinosaur Land in White Post, Virginia. The detour is an easy one if you find yourself driving between Warrenton, VA and Winchester, VA. more.
Sometimes I come across a place that is a bit of a detour off of Highway 17, but so worth it. One such detour is Penn Center (formerly called Penn School) which is located in the Penn School Historic District, near Frogmore, South Carolina more.
Founded in 1849, the Magnolia Cemetery is a place of remarkable beauty, overflowing in history, and wonderfully quiet. It's also humble: no one will be begging you to visit (think 'hidden treasure') - but you will find their doors open and free adm more.
In a southern city known for it's wonderful restaurants and award-winning chefs, Martha Lou's Kitchen - just a short detour off a stretch of Highway 17 called the Septima Clark Parkway - stands with the very best. more.