An Introduction to the Deep South
Like most of North America, faced with so much choice, you might find it difficult to decide exactly where in the South to start your journey. Therefore, we have tried to make it a little easier by giving you a brief introduction to each of the states we feature, which we hope will give you a taste of what you can expect to see and do in each area. Choose from our pre suggested fly drive itineraries or let us tailor one to suit your own individual needs. Either way, you will love the people, the places, the food and of course, the music!
Alabama - The Yellowhammer State
Visit remarkable Alabama and see where events such as The Rosa Park's Montgomery Bus Boycott took place and the Selma to Montgomery March started, which shaped Civil Rights history. Montgomery was also the starting point of America's Civil War. History aside, friendly Alabama is also home to some beautiful mountain scenery, world class golf, and lovely gulf beaches with warm water. Music fans won't be disappointed as the state, home to Hank Williams is steeped in musical heritage with blues and southern jazz to be enjoyed in bars and clubs across the state.
Don't miss: Beach lovers should check out Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Golf enthusiasts should travel the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, which comprises over 450 holes at 11 sites across the state.
Louisiana - The Pelican State
Louisiana has one of the most colourful histories of any state, resulting in a rare and exotic mix of nations and cultures, offering you an unforgettable holiday experience. Here you will experience a rich history, world class music, fabulous historical architecture, and wonderful food born of French, African, Spanish and Arcadian origin.
Don't miss: Visit the wonderful city of New Orleans and experience the city's thriving culture and energy for yourself.
Mississippi - The Magnolia State
If you are looking for great music, great adventure and a great escape then Mississippi is for you! Music enthusiasts can travel the Blues Highway, US Highway 61 from Memphis to Vicksburg and uncover a fascinating tour of the Mississippi Delta that spawned hundreds of music legends such as BB King and Muddy Waters. History buffs can march the steps of the confederacy in Vicksburg, 40 miles west of the state capital Jackson, famous for its National Military Park commemorating the 47 day siege and battle by General Ulysses Grant that change the course of the Civil War.
Don't miss: No visit to the state would be complete without visiting Tupelo, where Elvis Presley was born and raised and visit the BB King Museum in Indianola
Tennessee - The Volunteer State
From the Mississippi River to the great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee combines being the capital of American music and being a place to discover the best of America's riveting history and mouthwatering food! With it's music embedded in the culture of the world, Tennessee has given the world legendardy artists such as Elvis, Dolly Parton, BB King and Johnny Cash.
Don't miss: Visit Graceland, Dollywood, The Jack Daniels Distillery, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and The Grand Ole Opry.
Georgia - The Peach State
Explore the beautiful historic of Savannah, Georgia by foot, with its many cobblestone streets and shady squares. The Golden Isles of Jekyll and St Simons Islands on Georgia's Atlantic coast is combined with history and cultural attractions. Stone Mountain State Park is 3,200 acres of natural beauty and outdoor adventure, all within 15 minutes of Downtown Atlanta.
Don't miss: If you can see only one city in the American Southeast, make it Savannah.
South Carolina - The Palmetto State
South Carolina has some of America’s most beautiful beaches and resort islands, and there’s a top quality golf course around every corner. The charming antebellum architecture exudes southern grace and style. Visitors to Charleston can wander cobblestone streets lined with antique shops and browse the Old City Market or take a horse-drawn carriage tour to learn about the city's infamous historical characters. Meanwhile, Beaufort is home to yet more historical riches, with it’s historic waterfront houses, built by planters who grew wealthy from cash crops such as rice, indigo and cotton.
Don't miss: Charleston is a real highlight.
North Carolina - The Tar Heel State
North Carolina is full of natural splendour. Here you can enjoy the picturesque beaches and the rugged Outer Banks coastline, and take a slow meandering drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, through beautiful leafy glades and forests, past waterfalls and spectacular mountains. For a change of pace & scene, head for the bright lights of Charlotte, the region’s main city and home to top class entertainment, shopping and dining. Historical interest is never far away in this region – the historic Rosedale Plantation with its extensive gardens and manor house is a must.
Don't miss: The historic Rosedale Plantation with its extensive gardens and manor house and the Biltmore House, built by Vanderbilt in the 1800’s, remains America’s largest private home.
Featured in our Grand Southern Adventure Itinerary.
Kentucky - The Bluegrass State
Famous for Bourbon Country, civil war battlefields and beautiful natural parks. Visit the Kentucky Horse Park, enjoy exciting sport and impressive art in Lexington. Enjoy the famous annual Kentucky Derby in Louisville or go for dinner on the Belle of Louisville, the nation's oldest steam-powered paddlewheeler. Go hiking or canoeing on the Green River.
Don't miss: Mammoth Cave National Park, the longest known cave in the world.
Featured in our Only In America Itinerary.
Illinois - The Prairie State
The skyscrapers of Chicago are the public face of Illinois; big, bold and exciting, Chicago is also a place to play with great food or music, this is the blues capital of the world and there are many clubs for a great night out. It is also worth visiting Springfield, where Abraham Lincoln lived before becoming President of the United States. Take to the road on one of Illinois’ seven scenic byways out towards the Great Lakes.
Don't miss: The cosmopolitan city of Chicago.
Featured in our Roots of Blues Itinerary.
Arkansas - The Natural State
Arkansas may well be one of America’s final undiscovered gems. With much of the state home to the Ozarks, Boston and Ouachita Mountains, it is no surprise that the state is known as one of the best places in the world for mountain-biking. The state also has a musical heritage and is home to both the famous Walmart chain and the Presidential Library of the 42nd President, Bill Clinton.
Don't miss: The original Walmart, amazing live music and the Ozark mountains.
Featured in our Tennessee Tunes & Arkansas Ozarks Itinerary.