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Travel South

Discovering the Authentic South

From mountains to beaches, bayous to bustling cities, the Southern USA offers distinctive southern vacation ideas and itinerary suggestions to destinations rich in history, cuisine, culture and music. Here, you can come along for a journey of great southern travel and discovery – from swamps to spas, alligators to antebellum mansions. Southern vacations have something for everyone: Enjoy the thrill of family-friendly theme parks and the culture of historic villages; go wild at endless music festivals; and feel the thunder of NASCAR racing. The outlet shopping will leave you looking good, and the nightlife will have you feeling good. The Southern USA is home to great southern travel destinations rich in history, cuisine, culture, music and so much more. So stay awhile, grab an ice-cold ice tea and discover your Authentic South.

Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee
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View of the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
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Sevierville, Tennessee’s Attractions and Accommodation

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Sevierville, Tennessee’s Attractions and Accommodation

Biking in front of The Harbour Town Lighthouse in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Shopping, Dining and Can’t-Miss Activities

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Hilton Head Island offers a relaxing escape with indulgent amenities.

Oceanfront bicycling in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
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South Carolina: Biking and Exciting Outdoor Adventures

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South Carolina is charming and quaint Southern state, but it also is an ideal place for outdoor-sports enthusiasts.

View of the coast and Harbour Town Lighthouse in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Outdoor Exploring and History Immersion

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Hilton Head Island is a place for total relaxation on beautiful beaches with a heaping side of history and culture.

Wildlife watching in Blount County, Tennessee
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Blount County and Townsend, Tennessee: Picturesque and Peaceful in the Smoky Mountains

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If you are looking for somewhere you can switch off for few days and relax, visit “the Peaceful Side of the Smokies,” Townsend, Tennessee.

A view of Market Square in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee: Dining, Arts and Entertainment

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The beautiful thing about Tennessee is that there’s something for everyone here.

Boat by the Bayou Vermilion District in Lafayette, Louisiana
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Lafayette, Louisiana: Food, Music and History in Cajun and Creole Country

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Find historical attractions, cultural traditions and culinary delights in the capital of Cajun Country.

Street musicians performing in Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana: Iconic Sights and Sounds in the French Quarter

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The French Quarter envelops you with its 18th century colonial beauty, seductive scents and the sound of music.

Walking on the sand by the SkyWheel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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South Carolina: The Attraction of the Coast

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With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, South Carolina is a paradise for vacationers.

Carriage ride in Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina: Things to Do and Places to See

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It’s no wonder Charleston was recently named one of the top destinations in the world by Condé Nast Traveler.

View from the State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Art, History and Fabulous Food

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Baton Rouge – Louisiana’s capital – is the perfect place to learn all about the state’s culture and history.

Premier Shopping in Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia: Upscale Shopping and Fine Dining

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Atlanta, Georgia: Upscale Shopping and Fine Dining

World of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia: Charming Metropolis with Diverse Attractions

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Atlanta, Georgia: Charming Metropolis with Diverse Attractions

Exploring historic Charleston in South Carolina
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South Carolina: Urban and Natural Discoveries around the Inland Cities

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It’s not just South Carolina’s beach destinations that offer beautiful sights and activities.

Family fun on the beach in Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Lake Charles, Louisiana: Nature, History and Delicious Dining

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Discover the charming city of Lake Charles, where day-to-day life seems infinitely far away

A view of Market Square in Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee: From the Urban to the Natural

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Here at Market Square in downtown Knoxville, a lot of people are at the sampling stations for the International Biscuit Festival.

Visiting an alligator farm in Houma, Louisiana
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Houma, Louisiana: Vacation in Bayou Country

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Explore a world of untouched natural beauty and vibrant Cajun culture and food

St. Simons Lighthouse in the Golden Isles, Georgia
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Georgia’s Golden Isles: A Day on St. Simons Island

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Georgia’s Golden Isles: A Day on St. Simons Island

A waterway at Sea Island Golf Club in the Golden Isles, Georgia
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Georgia’s Golden Isles: Ultimate Luxury on Sea Island

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Georgia’s Golden Isles: Ultimate Luxury on Sea Island

Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia
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Georgia’s Golden Isles: Enduring Charms on Jekyll Island

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Georgia’s Golden Isles: Enduring Charms on Jekyll Island

Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
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Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

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As a child living for several years in my mother's native state of West Virginia, I discovered that my temporary home was an intriguingly complex place.

Relax and Rejuvenate in Hot Springs National Park
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Relax and Rejuvenate in Hot Springs National Park

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Most people associate the United States National Parks with wide-open spaces, abundant wildlife and soaring vistas.

Search for Diamonds in This Tiny Arkansas Town
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Search for Diamonds in This Tiny Arkansas Town

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Everything shines in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.

San Francisco Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, in Garyville
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New Orleans Plantation Country: Bygone Antebellum Treasures

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New Orleans Plantation Country is home to beautiful and famous plantation homes, but the unique stories and fascinating differences make each of them worth a visit.

3 Days in Chattanooga, Tennessee
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3 Days in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Bordered by the Tennessee river and southern Tennessee mountains, Chattanooga, Tennessee enjoys unforgettable scenic views

Louisiana gumbo
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Louisiana’s Culinary Trails

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Follow any (or all) of these eight culinary trails that cross Louisiana

Wine cave in West Monroe, Louisiana
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Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana: Culture, Dining and the Great Outdoors

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Discover the Twin Cities of Louisiana: Monroe and West Monroe.

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee: Fabulous Music and Nightlife

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Destination Nashville, where the music and nightlife are hard to beat.

Historic St. Augustine Catholic Church in Natchitoches, Louisiana
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Natchitoches, Louisiana: Rich History and Southern Charm

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Fascinating historical sites, museums, Creole plantations and festivals await.

Skyline of Shreveport-Bossier in Louisiana
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Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana: Entertainment, Dining and Culture

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These two cities offer a unique combination of two great American heritages.

National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee: From Barbecue to Beale Street

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Memphis is a real must-see destination for lovers of Elvis, music history and barbecue.

Missouri Hick Barbeque restaurant in Cuba, Missouri
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Dining Along Route 66: A Missouri Road Trip for Foodies

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Dining Along Route 66: A Missouri Road Trip for Foodies

Cajun food in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 4 Seasons of Seafood

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In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, locals mark changing seasons in their own way.

Cocktail made with Kentucky Bourbon
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Kentucky Holiday: Indulge in Southern Cuisine and Bourbon

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Discovering the State's Unforgettable Flavors

Rock climbing in Kentucky
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Kentucky: Unbridled Adventures in the Great Outdoors

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Climb, Explore a Lake and Go Underground

Wine tasting room in St. Charles
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St. Charles, Missouri: 3 Days of Dining and Historic Charm

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Step back in time to a historical place with a slower pace

Luke Restaurant, New Orleans
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Dine Here: 4 Historic Gems in the Southeast

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The American South charms visitors with history and hospitality.

Ribs at Moonlite Bar-B-Q
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Kentucky Bourbon and Barbecue

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Famous for rolling hills and horse farms, Kentucky is also a great destination for culinary adventures.

Downtown Lexington, Kentucky
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7 Defining Kentucky Restaurants

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Traveling through Kentucky?

Bon appetit Appalachia
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Culinary Trails to Follow in Kentucky

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When it comes to experiencing the unique flavors and food traditions of Kentucky, your itinerary is set.

Market at the Horse Farm
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5 Unique Foodie Experiences in Lafayette

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Follow these tips to discover five unique food experiences in Lafayette.

A Cajun feast in Lake Charles
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Lake Charles, Louisiana: Authentic Cajun & Creole Cuisine, Plus Craft Spirits

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Follow this itinerary to the area’s signature eats

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles in Lafayette
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Lafayette, Louisiana: Festive Events, Authentic Flavors

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The culture of Lafayette, Louisiana, is accented with flavorful food traditions and anytime celebrations.

Come to the Arcade for breakfast.
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A Tasty Guide to What’s Cooking in Memphis

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Craving fall-off-the-bone barbecue and golden fried chicken with farm-fresh vegetables?

Rooftop Party At The Peabody Memphis
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A Delicious Weekend in Memphis, Tennessee

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A Delicious Weekend in Memphis, Tennessee

Arthur Bryant's Barbecue, Kansas City
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A Taste of Missouri Barbecue

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Missouri is famous for barbecue.

Plaza Westport
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Missouri’s Tastiest Neighborhoods

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Missouri encompasses a wide network of welcoming neighborhoods.

View of the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
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Sevierville, Tennessee’s Attractions and Accommodation

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Sevierville, Tennessee’s Attractions and Accommodation

Dining and entertainment with a sunset view in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: All-Around Fun in the Sun

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It’s easy to see why Myrtle Beach is such a popular beach destination: This active, family-friendly escape offers 96 kilometers of stunning beaches and a variety of water sports.

Visiting the historic Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama
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Alabama's Historic Sights and Southern Charm

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The southern state of Alabama was the center of many compelling moments in American’s history and evidence of this still remains in nearly every city here.

9 Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities in Alabama
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9 Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities in Alabama

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Head down to "Sweet Home Alabama" for your next family vacation.

24 hours in Orange Beach, Alabama
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24 Hours in Orange Beach, Alabama

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Regardless of your chosen itinerary, 24 hours spent with the scenery, people, and food of Orange Beach, Alabama, will leave a lasting impression -

5 Amazing Outdoor Experiences in Gulf Shores, Alabama
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5 Amazing Outdoor Experiences in Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Alabama is often known for its fascinating history and delicious Southern cuisine. But you might not know that this Southeastern state makes a great destination for beach-goers and adventurers as well.

Live music at Gip’s Place in Bessemer, Alabama
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Alabama: The Best in Southern Entertainment

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Nestled in the heart of America’s Southeast is Alabama, a state driven by legendary music venues, great eateries and a true Southern charm that just radiates from the locals you meet.

Azaleas Bloom in Alabama
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Azaleas Bloom in Alabama

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The stunning Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, Alabama, are a treat for the eyes come springtime when hundreds of aromatic azaleas burst into bloom.

Family fun on the beach in Alabama
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Adventures in the Great Outdoors

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The beauty of Alabama is not only in its Southern hospitality and rich culture, but in its vast and varying landscape.