• Oak Alley Plantation

The Deep South Holidays

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.

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. 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. 

Music fans will feel at home in Nashville’s Honky-tonks or in the blues bars on Beale Street in Memphis and the jazz filled streets of New Orleans. Join candlelit vigils in honour of Elvis, discover the roots of Bluegrass in Kentucky or visit the Dolly Parton theme park in Pigeon Forge.

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.

Destination Highlights
  • Historic antebellum homes
  • Southern cuisine
  • Civil War and Civil Rights history
  • Vibrant cities like New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville
  • Festivals and celebrations such as Mardi Gras
  • Scenic trails, beautiful national parks and diverse wildlife

Time Zone

GMT -6 hours to GMT -5 hours

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

British Passport holders require an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) to visit the Deep South. You can obtain an ESTA from www.cbp.gov/esta

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations are required for travel to the Deep South. All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations. It is important to contact your GP to check for the latest recommendations.

The charming hospitality and quaint antebellum architecture are just some of the things you’ll relish in the Deep South. The birthplace of bluegrass, country, jazz and blues, this region is a hotbed of musical heritage. Let’s not forget Memphis either, where rock ‘n’ roll began and the music legend Elvis, once lived. The cotton plantations and nostalgic boat cruises along the Mississippi will stir your imagination well after your visit.

  • Musical heritage

    Don’t miss the chance to visit the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. The ‘home of American music’, this famed venue began as a radio broadcast in 1925 and has hosted country icons such as Bill Anderson and Dolly Parton.

  • French Quarter

    Culture

    Be sure to take a stroll through the French Quarter of New Orleans, known as The Big Easy. This French colonial neighbourhood is famed for its Creole culture, pastel-coloured architecture and enthralling Mardi Gras celebrations.

  • New Orleans Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras

    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.

  • Louisiana gumbo

    Southern cuisine

    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.

  • Rozario

    Destination Specialist

    “Make sure you tick off a few of the Deep South’s must see attractions, from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to Graceland in Memphis, these sights definitely live up to the hype.”

  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    “There seems to be a festival or party going on somewhere in the Deep South almost every weekend. Be sure to check whether there is anything going on when you’re visiting so you don’t miss the party.”

  • John

    Destination Specialist

    “As you travel through the Deep South, make sure you try some of the local delicacies. From gumbo and jambalaya, to fresh catfish, fried green tomatoes and BBQ.”

Our Deep South destinations

Greenville

Deep South

Mississippi

Mississippi
Wintzells Oyster House

Deep South

Alabama

Alabama
Great Smoky Mountains

Deep South

The Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains
Lover's Leap, Rock City Garden

Deep South

Tennessee

Tennessee
Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge

Deep South

Louisiana

Louisiana
Kentucky Horse Farm

Deep South

Kentucky

Kentucky
Nottoway Plantation

Deep South

Deep South Plantation

Deep South Plantation

Types of Deep South holidays

Piedmont Park Atlanta

Deep South Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Natchez Trace Parkway

Self Drive The Deep South

Self Drive The Deep South
Monument Valley

USA Motorhomes

USA Motorhomes