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Playing the blues, New Orleans

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Playing the blues, New Orleans

Our specialists return often to the South on trips to discover more of the region’s hidden corners and to find new and different ways to explore. The travel guides they write are designed to help you get the most from your trip, whether you want to hear more about American musical culture in the cities along the Mississippi, try local food or wander through the backstreets of Charleston.

We’ll tell you where to go and what you can see once you’re there, based on our own experiences. Along the way, we offer hints on where to find the best food and music in New Orleans, the finest plantations in the Carolinas and the most scenic stretches of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Ideas for how to explore the South

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for the South. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • Plantation homes of the South
    Monmouth Plantation Inn, Natchez

    Plantation homes of the South

    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.

    5 min read

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  • Exploring Georgia and the Carolinas
    Charleston, South Carolina

    Exploring Georgia and the Carolinas

    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.

    11 min read

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  • Luxury vacations in the South
    French Quarter, New Orleans

    Luxury vacations in the South

    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.

    7 min read

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  • Exploring the South: Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee
    Balcony, New Orleans

    Exploring the South: Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

    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.

    9 min read

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  • Music culture of the South
    Beale Street, Memphis

    Music culture of the South

    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.

    12 min read

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  • A New Orleans food guide
    Spicy Homemade Cajun Jambalaya

    A New Orleans food guide

    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.

    8 min read

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  • Lobster rolls to mooncakes — eating in the United States
    Shrimp Po Boy, New Orleans

    Lobster rolls to mooncakes — eating in the United States

    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.

    8 min read

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