Taking a holiday in Southern USA is a once in a lifetime experience. Whether it's learning about the civil war or seeing the birth of Blues music - there is a rich, deep culture at every turn in the road.
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If classic American culture is your thing, then a fly-drive to the Deep South could be the perfect answer. First stop: Atlanta, Georgia, an increasingly multi-cultural hub within the US that is fast-becoming one of the nation’s most cosmopolitan cities whilst retaining its rich heritage of southern flavour.
The Fox Theatre, Centennial Olympic Park, Millennium Gate, the Canopy Walk, the world’s largest aquarium and more offer plenty of attractions to work through. It is also a point of interest for the historians amongst you, for its relevance to the US Civil War. With its cultural diversity and contemporary society meshing with its rich Southern traditions, Atlanta is a fantastic and welcoming city, a great start to the trip.
A change of pace next for the visit to Nashville. A more languid and relaxed city, Nashville still has plenty to offer. More Civil War interest, with museums pertaining to specific battle sites are situated here. Also here is the state’s largest shopping outlet, Opry Mills, with over 200 outlets to plunder. And save time for a visit to the Parthenon. The full-size replica of the Athenian original that is.
Nicknamed “Music City”, Nashville’s major calling point is being a musical institution though. Country music is still both a staple and a way of life and opportunities are available to get up, close and personal with contemporary musicians as they tour and perform in the state.
Continuing through Tennessee and onto Memphis. Music is again at the heart of another of Tennessee’s cities, as legends such as Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding and of course, Elvis Presley all got their big breaks here. Speaking of Elvis, be sure to visit Graceland, his cherished mansion, showcasing his jets, cars and much more.
Beale St. is a significant historical landmark, with its contributions to blues music in particular resulting in it becoming a huge attraction. The Sun Studio tour is an absolute must, where several notables had their first recordings.
Whether staying there or visiting, add the majestic Peabody Hotel to your itinerary, with the March of the Peabody Ducks compulsory viewing whilst enjoying afternoon tea in this historic establishment. 52 acre Mud Island and the Mississippi river are another highlight amongst many.
The birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans is a fitting finale. One of the largest ports in the USA and quite possibly the world, it is a relaxed, hospitable city for all to enjoy. It boasts rich history and a great mix of cultures. After the devastating Hurricane Katrina swept here, New Orleans has been beautifully renovated to restore its natural beauty.
Although modern innovations have been carried out, the city still preserves its great history. New Orleans is famous for its jazz music and delicious cuisines as well as its romantic Creole heritage which you can enjoy.
Visit the French Quarter, the oldest part of the city. Here you will find a fantastic range of clubs, souvenir shops and restaurants. Take a stroll down Royal Street and witness the magnificent antique shops and art galleries. End your day by soaking up the romance on the Mississippi river. Enjoy an authentic cruise on the Steamboat Natchez or the Evening Jazz Cruise where you can be entertained all night long.
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