The Deep South is a truly rewarding place to visit.
Its complex history is apparent in its pre-Civil War towns such as Charleston, Savannah, Natchez and Vicksburg. Porticoed plantation homes still dot the sweeping bends of the Mississippi River, and Alabama's cotton and sugarcane fields are reminiscent of scenes from Gone With The Wind.
Louisiana's bayous are home to alligators and colourful birds, shaded by draping tropical vegetation. Cajun culture is alive and well here, and the Deep South has music running through its soul. This was the birthplace of soul, jazz, blues, and rock 'n' roll, which is enshrined in cities such as Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans.
We can advise you on how to combine these distinct and varied states, recommend the most scenic routes, and suggest some of the lesser-known highlights.
Best time to visit the Deep South
The southern states are hot and humid in July and August and tend to be mild between November and April with northern areas dipping just below 0°C (32°F). April, May, June, September and October are generally the best times to visit when the days are warm and nights are cool. For coastal areas, June to September are best avoided as there can be heavy rain and occasional hurricanes. Mardi Gras takes place in February in New Orleans, and therefore it is advisable to book well in advance.
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Our highlights of the Deep South
Wander around Graceland, the home of Elvis
Visit Elvis Presley's former home in Memphis, the city with a rich and distinctive musical heritage.
Stroll through the Vicksburg National Military Park
The park commemorates the town's Civil War battle whilst the town also offers some fine antebellum buildings.
Spend the evening in a jazz club in New Orleans
New Orleans is a truly unique city, with its wonderful French Quarter architecture that is the birthplace of jazz.
Learn about life on a plantation at Oak Alley
Oak Alley Plantation is a wonderful example of Southern architecture that conveys the atmosphere of pre Civil War plantation life.
Experience the Cajun culture of Louisiana
Louisiana's thriving Cajun culture is alive and well, and features exotic spicy food, energetic music and traditional dance for you to enjoy.