The Deep South Overview
Sit on the veranda of a grand antebellum mansion. Visit the home of jazz or the Grand Ole Opry. Lie back on a beach. See where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired. Or enjoy a plate of shrimp and grits. All these things and more are on the menu when you visit the discover the natural beauty and fascinating culture of the Deep South,
From beautiful national parks such as The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee or Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and scenic drives along byways such as the Natchez Trace Parkway to the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. America’s Deep South has its own easy rhythm and laid-back vibe, an unhurried approach to life that chimes with its sleepy landscape and fun-loving towns and cities. Cruise along the mighty Mississippi aboard the American Queen. Toast jazz quartets and feast on jambalaya in New Orleans. Discover the heart of country music in Nashville, and the story of Elvis in Memphis.
If it’s history you’re after, this region has witnessed some of the pivotal moments in American history and you’ll find ample opportunities learn about the past from antebellum mansions and fascinating battlefield tours to uncover the secrets of the American Civil War, to the Civil Rights Movement sites and museums. There’s plenty of Civil War battlefields, grand plantation houses and significant Civil Rights sites to visit. Some of the towns and cities have fantastic preserved Historic Districts too, where you can wander the cobblestone streets gazing at magnificent 18th- and 19th-century architecture, and soaking up the atmosphere. Savannah, Charleston and Louisville are all steeped in the past.
Music is in the very soul of the South, and three of its cities come loaded with musical associations. Memphis is the home of the Blues and some legendary recording studios, while famous Beale Street jumps to the sound of live music. New Orleans’ equivalent is the wall-to-wall Jazz and Blues clubs of Bourbon Street. And what’s left to say about Nashville, America’s ‘Music City’, where Country is king?
On a culinary level enjoy finger-lickin’ BBQ and Southern-fried flavours or spice things up with a little Creole or Cajun influence. Time your visit along the Gulf Coast with one of the regions many seafood festivals for fresh and inventive dishes, and take the chance to learn how to recreate some of southern specialities at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
Festivals and celebrations such as Mardi Gras
Historic antebellum homes
Civil War and Civil Rights history
Vibrant cities like New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville
Scenic trails, beautiful national parks and diverse wildlife
Best Time to Visit The Deep South
The southern states are hot and humid in July and August and tend to be mild between November and April…April, May, June, September and October are generally the best times to visit when the days are warm and nights are cool. For coastal areas, June to September are best avoided as there can be heavy rain and occasional hurricanes. Mardi Gras takes place in February in New Orleans, and therefore it is advisable to book well in advance.