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The Deep South

THE DEEP SOUTH

Southern hospitality, delicious food and a wealth of musical talent all combine to form the charm that radiates from southern USA. The States of Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma fall within this region.

GEORGIA

Martin Luther King was Atlanta’s most famous son and a humbling museum dedicated to the life and work of this amazing man is well worth a visit. Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell lived and died here, and there is a museum boasting an impressive collection of memorabilia from both the novel and the film. The coastal town of Savannah is famous for its elegant buildings, pretty squares and fine restaurants. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride to see the sights in style.

TENNESSEE

The varied music scene of the Deep South is arguably most evident in Tennessee. The capital of country music is Nashville and the ultimate venue is the Grand Ole Opry House where legends and current stars perform. The Blues made its home in Memphis and Beale Street produced some of the greatest legends including BB King, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Frozen in time since 1977, Graceland, the famous home of Elvis is filled with his costumes and showcases his many cars and motorbikes. Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and you can tour the humble two room house that he grew up in which contrasts with this opulent mansion.

MISSISSIPPI

The Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of the blues where over 100 musicians began their careers and The Magnolia State has produced some of the most renowned musicians of all time. The road between Nashville and Natchez is known as ‘the Natchez Trace Parkway’. It has seen travellers such as early Native Indians, outlaws; marching soldiers and early settlers pass by. It traverses diverse scenery including national forests, woodlands and swamps and ends in the romantic town of Natchez with its opulent antebellum homes that pay tribute to the days of wealthy plantation traders. Many of the homes open up to the public and some hostesses dress in traditional southern belle attire.

LOUISIANA

Baton Rouge in Louisiana is also a prime example of the genteel lifestyle with many stately mansions that stretch as far as the Great River Road to New Orleans. Jazz, exotic food and a melting pot of French, Spanish, Creole and Southern style blend together to create ‘The Big Easy’. A visit to the French Quarter with its cobbled streets and 18th and 19th Century buildings is a must.

ARKANSAS

Known as ‘The Natural State’ for its outstanding beauty, Arkansas boasts 52 National Parks scattered across the area. Crystalline lakes feed sparkling mountain rivers in the Ozark Mountains. Waterfalls highlight the mountain cliffs and underground there is a myriad of caves to be explored. Hot Springs has picture postcard Victorian architecture, antique shops and art galleries but the biggest draw is the mineral waters that claim to have healing properties.

ALABAMA

Alabama is proud of it’s role as the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement which is commemorated in the cities of Montgomery and Birmingham. On the coast at Gulf Shores State Park there are glorious white sand beaches, a nature centre, hiking trails, zip-lining and a 1,512 ft long fishing pier as well as Segway tours to enjoy.

TEXAS

Visit the Alamo in San Antonio and learn about space exploration at Space Centre Houston. Live out cowboy dreams on a dude ranch. Explore dance, music and theatre in the Dallas Arts District. When you get hungry, grab a bite of Tex-Mex cuisine or world-famous Texas barbecue. Hiking, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, bird watching – these are just a few of the ways you can experience the state’s beauty. With over 956 kilometers of sparkling coastline, you’ll find beaches perfect for shelling and sunning.

OKLAHOMA

From forests to sand dunes to rolling prairies to cypress swamps, Oklahoma has more diverse terrain per square mile than any other state. It also contains the headquarters of 39 Native American nations, the most drivable miles of Route 66 (with some of the best-preserved roadside attractions), world-class Western art museums and real-life cowboys and cowgirls, who you can watch in action at the Oklahoma City Stockyards’ twice-weekly auctions.

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