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Full of easy charm, the South offers beaches, bayous and mountains, distinct musical and gastronomic traditions and evidence of a complex, turbulent history. Our specialists can design you a vacation to the South that takes in the region’s many pleasures, from the leafy streets of Charleston and Savannah to boisterous New Orleans, where they can suggest the best place to enjoy live jazz or a bowl of gumbo. Meanwhile, in Nashville and Memphis, you can join guided tours that give you a behind-the-scenes look at the music industry’s past and present.
Outside the cities, you can discover the South’s antebellum heritage at plantations, whose stately façades hide a brutal past, or on a languid cruise down the wide, slow waters of the Mississippi. Your trip to the South could also include ways to explore the region’s natural beauty, such as its fine-sand beaches, steamy bayous and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Our specialists advise on the best months to visit the South, including information about climate, events and festivals.
Practical tips for traveling to the South, from social protocols to guidance on money matters, with a link to the latest Government of Canada travel advice.
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Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to the South. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate the South at its best.
Plantation homes of the South
Juxtaposing extreme wealth and stark poverty, the South’s plantations shine a light on the region’s past. US specialist Carla shares her recommendations on which plantations to visit for a thorough grounding in the South’s history.
Exploring Georgia and the Carolinas
There’s more to the South than the food, music and culture of Louisiana and Tennessee. US specialist Molly ventured farther east to the less-visited states of Georgia, and North and South Carolina. Here, you can balance historical cities with beach relaxation and mountain scenery.
Music culture of the South
The birthplace of jazz, blues, rock ’n’ roll, soul and country music, the South is the US’s undisputed music capital. US specialist Natalie shares her ideas for exploring the region’s musical heritage on your vacation to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville.
Exploring the South: Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee
Your guide to exploring the South along the Mississippi River. Sample gumbo in New Orleans, examine the history of slavery at plantations, pay tribute to the King in Memphis and get a behind-the-scenes look at country music’s most storied stage.
A New Orleans food guide
From a steaming bowl of belly-warming seafood gumbo to a creamy-sweet praline studded with pecans to a plate of oyster Rockefeller at Antoine’s — US specialist Natalie introduces you to the distinctive culinary pleasures of New Orleans.
Luxury vacations in the South
Different to anywhere else in America, the South offers a varied trip focused around music, food, history and a mix of cultures. Specialist Alice shares experiences that can uncover a little more of the region and elevate your trip.
Lobster rolls to mooncakes — eating in the United States
The fastest way to a country’s heart is through your stomach. Our specialists suggest the best ways to discover regional specialties across the United States, from creole cuisine in New Orleans to a lobster roll on Cape Cod.