Haute or Hillbilly: Six Vacations to Explore the American South

The American South is known for its unusual people and traditions. For better or worse, one can’t deny the rich history is downright charming and a little bit quirky. While it may feel like a trip across to another world at times, it’s only necessary to cross the Mason-Dixon Line. Slather on the sunscreen, slide on a pair of flip flops, and prepare to discover six vacation spots that won’t soon be forgotten.

Nashville Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
The birthplace of country music, also has a chic side. Classy entertainment at the Grand Ole Opry, plus a visit to the Johnny Cash museum will offer a new appreciation for what the South has contributed to the world of music. The crisp mountain air and beautiful scenery will round out a trip to Tennessee. This city has been a hub of Southern culture for centuries.

Charleston, South Carolina
This is a city of people with enormous pride in their roots, making it the place to explore the history of the South by visiting old homesteads, mansions, and museums or taking a ghost tour. The straw market can’t be missed for great deals on local items and a truly kitsch experience. South Carolina is a also a great place to find beaches. Myrtle Beach Resorts boasts many great views and vistas. You can have fun indoors or outdoors, making resorts in Myrtle beach SC a very chic visit.

Miami, Florida
Beaches and nightlife are what this place is famous for, but it’s also where you can try something new and adventurous. The nearby Everglades offer airboat tours with frequent wildlife sightings, including alligators. Little Havana provides the experience of the Cuban culture from food to entertainment.

Captiva Island, Florida
For a serene beach vacation, this locale is a hidden gem. Its secluded environment offers luxurious accommodations to take in the sun and fun of the Gulf of Mexico. South Seas Island Resort boasts a 330-acre wildlife preserve spanning 2 miles of white beaches.

New Orleans, Louisiana
This is a city that knows how to party, but no need to visit during Mardi Gras. Indulge in a Po-Boy while taking in the scenery at Jackson Square. Follow that up with a southern-style drink on Bourbon Street. You’ll never run out of things to do and see in this city.

Atlanta, Georgia
Known as the New York of the South, downtown Atlanta is bustling with activity day and night. From Broadway shows at The Fox Theater, to music concerts, it offers world-class entertainment. The city is also known for its fine dining with celebrity-owned restaurants such as Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles and Justin’s owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs.

From casual and country, to sleek and sophisticated, the many locales of the American South have so much to offer any respite-seeker looking for something memorable. The best part about taking a chance on the South is its famous hospitality, whether haute or hillbilly.

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