The American South has many fascinating destinations, whether you want to explore nature or visit some of the nation’s most interesting cities. No one can say they’ve truly explored the U.S. until they’ve seen what the southern regions have to offer. The following are five must-see destinations the next time you visit the South.
1. Walt Disney World, Florida
Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, not far from Orlando, is a place every family with kids should visit at least once. This is not one theme park, but an entire entertainment complex consisting of multiple resorts, theme parks and other attractions. Some of the highlights include Epcot, a futuristic theme park that has focuses on scientific exhibits. Another favorite is Disney’s Animal Kingdom, one of the world’s largest animal parks.
2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
For beach lovers, Myrtle Beach provides one of the most desirable destinations on the East Coast. Part of the famous Grand Strand, which is made up of 60 miles of Atlantic Coast beach, Myrtle Beach is known for many attractions that are sure to please the whole family, such as the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Myrtle Waves water park and Huntington Beach State Park, a large coastal preserve. While there are plenty of things to do here all year round, if you want to go into the water it’s best to come between May and October.
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
No discussion of the South would be complete without mentioning New Orleans. This city is famous for many things, including the distinctive French and Creole influenced architecture, the incomparable seafood and the jazz clubs to be found throughout the city, especially in the French Quarter. While New Orleans is busiest during the Mardi Gras festival, this is a city that’s bustling throughout the year.
4. Austin, Texas
Austin is a city that’s been rapidly growing during the last few years. One of its slogans is “The live music capital of the world,” and Austin certainly has lots of music clubs, everything from country to jazz. The city is home to an increasing number of festivals as well, such as SXSW, Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Austin Film Festival. Austin also has many historical and cultural attractions, such as the Texas State Capitol and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.
5. Memphis, Tennessee
Located on the Mississippi River, Memphis is probably most famous for being the home of Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion but can be a host to many great places as well. The Pink Palace Museum, which has many fascinating exhibits exploring the city’s rich history and can be visted with Style Transportation for a truly memorable experience. The Memphis Zoo has a large and diverse collection of exhibits. This zoo, which opened in 1906 and is home to more than 3,500 animals. Visitors to Memphis can find lots to do and see simply by strolling down Beale Street, which is full of shops, restaurants and clubs, many of which are open well into the night.
There is an incredible amount to see in the American South, whether you are in the Southeast, Southwest or somewhere in between, such as Louisiana. This part of the country contains lots of natural beauty as well as some great cities and a wide array of historic sites. It really would take several trips, or one very long one to see even a fraction of what the South has to offer.