The smell of fried chicken and homemade apple pie, the notes of bluegrass and country music, the southern grace and hospitality of the people; America’s Deep South is filled with a genteel sort of allure and a rich antebellum charm that will leave you captivated and enchanted. We love getting lost in New Orleans’s elegant French Quarter, exploring the Spanish moss-draped districts of Savannah, and visiting the Atlanta History Center to learn more about the rich heritage and traditions on a holiday inThe Deep South.
The iconic, historic plantations dotted throughout the South are a testimony to the storied history of this great region. Their antebellum charm is apparent in the tall, columned entranceways, the sweeping, wraparound porches, the manicured gardens. Tour Destrehan Plantation, the oldest plantation in the Lower Mississippi River Valley and the setting for the movie Interview with the Vampire. Make sure to see the Greek Revival-styled Oak Alley Plantation, the most photographed place in Louisiana.
There’s a reason it is called ‘soul food’. America’s South serves up a rich array of food, from tangy barbecues to spicy crawfish to fried green tomatoes—all of which are a feast for your soul and a comfort to your stomach. Sample collard greens cooked with fat chunks of ham, corn ground into hominy grits, fried cornmeal hushpuppies with fried catfish, and rich, delightful gumbos on your holiday in America’s South.
Arguably the most popular event in the South, Mardi Gras is the exotic festival celebrating the last day of Carnival in New Orleans. The world-renowned festival sees a flamboyant mass of bright costumes, extravagant masks, bead throwing, and dancing flooding the streets of New Orleans. Make your way to Bourbon Street and the French Quarter for the party this festival is known for, or head to St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street to see the spectacular parades.
Learn about the rich history of the South and the impact the Civil War had on the region on Georgia’s Antebellum Trail. Explore the 100-mile trail through seven charming antebellum towns that General Sherman did not burn on his rampage across the south. The restored antebellum houses around Athens make it well worth a visit or hop the Historic Trolley Tour in Milledgeville.