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Made up of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, the Deep South is home to some of the USA’s most interesting cities. It’s a region famous for its toe-tapping music, hearty cuisine, historical events and warm hospitality. So, whether you focus your attention on one state or go on an exciting road trip, you’re sure to have a fantastic time on your Deep South holiday.

A trip to the Deep South gives you the chance to learn more about the roots of the modern-day USA. This diverse region has witnessed some major events in America’s history, ranging from Civil War battles in the 1860s, to the Civil Rights Movement a hundred years later. There are dozens of significant landmarks and fascinating museums to see on a holiday to the Deep South, especially in cities like Atlanta, Charleston and Memphis. Or, for a different kind of history lesson, you could head to Texas to find out about the state’s cowboy culture, which dates all the way back to 18th century.

Foodies will love the Deep South, too. This part of the USA takes cooking very seriously, so you can look forward to some good old Southern fare. In the Lone Star State, you can tuck into Texas BBQ – think pulled pork, sticky ribs and tender brisket – and Mexican-inspired morsels like tacos and enchiladas. Elsewhere, Louisiana serves up all sorts of delicious dishes, with culinary influences from France, Spain, Africa and the Caribbean. Whichever state you visit, no holiday to the Deep South would be complete without tucking into some authentic Southern fried chicken.

And we can’t talk about the Deep South without mentioning music. Whether it’s smooth blues, lively jazz or crooning country, there’s always something to listen to here. Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans are particularly famous for their music, with stars ranging from Elvis and Jonny Cash, to Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. Whether you’re watching a concert or chilling out in a jazz bar, Deep South holidays offer endless entertainment. Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more.

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History & Culture

A holiday to the Deep South will take you to one of the USA’s most fascinating regions, where its historical chapters include the American Revolution, the American Civil War, the abolition of slavery, and the Civil Rights movement. There are dozens of interesting sites to visit during your trip, but there are a few key cities in particular which should be on your list. 

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If you want to know more about the Civil Rights Movement, take a trip to Atlanta in Georgia, or Memphis in Tennessee. The former was the birthplace of activist Dr Martin Luther King Jr., whose work you can learn about at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. And in Memphis, the National Civil Rights Museum showcases the journey from slavery to the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.

Elsewhere, in Montgomery in Alabama, you’ll find the only church that Martin Luther King Jr. ever pastored in. And Rosa Parks also started the Montgomery Bus Boycott, when she famously refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus. 

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Music in the Deep South

Deeply connected to the region’s heritage, music is in the Deep South’s DNA. Cities like Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans are synonymous with toe-tapping rhythms – whether it’s jazz and blues, or country and rock ‘n’ roll.

If you’re into music, make sure you spend some time in Tennessee during your Deep South holiday. Nashville is a must-do for any country music fans. This city boasts hundreds of live music venues and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can see exhibitions dedicated to Johnny Cash, George Jones and Willie Nelson. Memphis, meanwhile, is the home of rock ‘n’ roll. Elvis fans can take a trip to the King’s home, Graceland, and discover Sun Studios where Elvis, Johnny Cash, B.B. King and Roy Orbison recorded some of their most famous records. You could also visit the town of Muscle Shoals in Alabama – known as the Hit Recording Capital of the World – where legends like Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones recorded major hits.

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Louisiana is another Southern state famous for its live music and festivals, especially Mardi Gras. Originally high society balls in the 1740s, this celebration has evolved into a two-week carnival in the city of New Orleans. Every year – usually in February or March – the city becomes a-buzz with colourful parades, dance troupes, live music and much more.

 

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Deep South road trips

A holiday to the USA’s Deep South gives you the opportunity to explore a number of fascinating cities – so why not consider a road trip? Even if you just focus your attention on one state, you’ll be able to cover a lot of ground. You could drive around Texas, for instance, visiting exciting cities like Austin, Dallas and Houston, and learn all about cowboy culture in Fort Worth. 

 

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Or, if music is more your thing, why not spend two weeks driving between the Deep South’s most musical cites? You could start your journey in Atlanta, before continuing on to Memphis and Nashville. Stop off in Charleston and Savannah for a quick history lesson, before returning to Atlanta.
Alternatively, you could combine fantastic music, great food and historical attractions into one big trip. We’d recommend driving in one long loop – starting and ending in Atlanta – with stops in Charleston, Savannah, Selma, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Memphis and Nashville.

 

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Best time to visit the USA’s Deep South

This part of the USA is famous for its hot, humid summers. So, to avoid the uncomfortable heat, it’s best to plan your Deep South holiday for March, April or May. At this time of year, it’s generally warm and sunny with temperatures hovering around 19°C at the start of spring, and climbing to 29°C by the end of May. As a general rule, New Orleans tends to be a couple of degrees hotter than other popular cities, such as Atlanta, Charleston and Nashville.

 

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Spring is also a great time to experience some of the Deep South’s biggest festivals. New Orleans’ Mardis Gras is usually in February or early March, while April sees New Orleans Jazz Festival. Over in Georgia, meanwhile, there’s the Atlanta Film Festival in April and Atlanta Jazz Festival in May.
Alternatively, you could plan your holiday for autumn, when the trees show off their fiery foliage. You might get some rain – mainly in coastal areas – but, generally, the Southern states remain warm and pleasant. Plus, you can enjoy live music at Austin City Limits Music Festival, or take part in fun events for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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History & Culture

History & Culture

A holiday to the Deep South will take you to one of the USA’s most fascinating regions, where its historical chapters include the American Revolution, the American Civil War, the abolition of slavery, and the Civil Rights movement. There are dozens of interesting sites to visit during your trip, but there are a few key cities in particular which should be on your list. 

Show More
Show Less

If you want to know more about the Civil Rights Movement, take a trip to Atlanta in Georgia, or Memphis in Tennessee. The former was the birthplace of activist Dr Martin Luther King Jr., whose work you can learn about at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. And in Memphis, the National Civil Rights Museum showcases the journey from slavery to the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.

Elsewhere, in Montgomery in Alabama, you’ll find the only church that Martin Luther King Jr. ever pastored in. And Rosa Parks also started the Montgomery Bus Boycott, when she famously refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus. 

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Music

Music in the Deep South

Deeply connected to the region’s heritage, music is in the Deep South’s DNA. Cities like Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans are synonymous with toe-tapping rhythms – whether it’s jazz and blues, or country and rock ‘n’ roll.

If you’re into music, make sure you spend some time in Tennessee during your Deep South holiday. Nashville is a must-do for any country music fans. This city boasts hundreds of live music venues and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can see exhibitions dedicated to Johnny Cash, George Jones and Willie Nelson. Memphis, meanwhile, is the home of rock ‘n’ roll. Elvis fans can take a trip to the King’s home, Graceland, and discover Sun Studios where Elvis, Johnny Cash, B.B. King and Roy Orbison recorded some of their most famous records. You could also visit the town of Muscle Shoals in Alabama – known as the Hit Recording Capital of the World – where legends like Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones recorded major hits.

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Show Less

Louisiana is another Southern state famous for its live music and festivals, especially Mardi Gras. Originally high society balls in the 1740s, this celebration has evolved into a two-week carnival in the city of New Orleans. Every year – usually in February or March – the city becomes a-buzz with colourful parades, dance troupes, live music and much more.

 

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Show Less

Road Trips

Deep South road trips

A holiday to the USA’s Deep South gives you the opportunity to explore a number of fascinating cities – so why not consider a road trip? Even if you just focus your attention on one state, you’ll be able to cover a lot of ground. You could drive around Texas, for instance, visiting exciting cities like Austin, Dallas and Houston, and learn all about cowboy culture in Fort Worth. 

 

Show More
Show Less

Or, if music is more your thing, why not spend two weeks driving between the Deep South’s most musical cites? You could start your journey in Atlanta, before continuing on to Memphis and Nashville. Stop off in Charleston and Savannah for a quick history lesson, before returning to Atlanta.
Alternatively, you could combine fantastic music, great food and historical attractions into one big trip. We’d recommend driving in one long loop – starting and ending in Atlanta – with stops in Charleston, Savannah, Selma, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Memphis and Nashville.

 

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Best time to go

Best time to visit the USA’s Deep South

This part of the USA is famous for its hot, humid summers. So, to avoid the uncomfortable heat, it’s best to plan your Deep South holiday for March, April or May. At this time of year, it’s generally warm and sunny with temperatures hovering around 19°C at the start of spring, and climbing to 29°C by the end of May. As a general rule, New Orleans tends to be a couple of degrees hotter than other popular cities, such as Atlanta, Charleston and Nashville.

 

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Spring is also a great time to experience some of the Deep South’s biggest festivals. New Orleans’ Mardis Gras is usually in February or early March, while April sees New Orleans Jazz Festival. Over in Georgia, meanwhile, there’s the Atlanta Film Festival in April and Atlanta Jazz Festival in May.
Alternatively, you could plan your holiday for autumn, when the trees show off their fiery foliage. You might get some rain – mainly in coastal areas – but, generally, the Southern states remain warm and pleasant. Plus, you can enjoy live music at Austin City Limits Music Festival, or take part in fun events for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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New Orleans

Throw yourself into the celebrations of Mardis Gras, explore the city’s picturesque French Quarter, or hop between craft breweries in the Warehouse District.

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Atlanta

Visit ‘the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement’ and birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., where you’ll find dozens of fascinating museums and exhibitions.

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Charleston

Admire the pretty houses on ‘Rainbow Row’, catch a show at Dock Street Theatre – the USA’s first theatre – and take a tour of Boone Hall Plantation.

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Fort Worth

Learn all about Texas’ cowboy culture with a trip to Forth Worth. Said to be “Where the Wild West begins”, this town still has daily cattle drives on Exchange Avenue.

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Nashville

Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, enjoy a tour of the famous RCA Studio B, and take a daytrip to the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Distillery.

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