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American South tours

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the American South, and they showcase some of the routes that we've found work particularly well.

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  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Exploring the great outdoors in the American South

    American South
    • Get off the beaten trail on a 4x4 tour in the Great Smoky Mountains.

    • Explore historic Charleston and visit Fort Sumter, where the Civil War's first shots were fired.

    • Enjoy a luxurious retreat at Montage Palmetto Bluff, surrounded by the natural beauty of South Carolina's Lowcountry.

    • Self-drive along the majestic Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping to take in the scenic vistas along the way.

    14 days from £5,735pp


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Monmouth Plantation Inn, Natchez

Plantation homes of the American South

Juxtaposing extreme wealth and stark poverty, the American South’s plantations shine a light on the region’s past. USA specialist Carla shares her recommendations on which plantations to visit for a thorough grounding in the American South’s history.

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Waterfall at Lover's Leap, Rock City, Chattanooga

Exploring the great outdoors in the American South

From fog-blanketed mountains to wildlife-rich marshlands, the American South abounds in opportunities for adventure. Here, USA specialist Shannon highlights how you can make the most of the region’s great outdoors, while also enjoying its music, food, and history.

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Balcony, New Orleans

Exploring the American South: Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

Your guide to exploring the American 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.

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Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

A guide to Southern food

Whether you’re eating po’boy sandwiches in New Orleans or diving into a plate of barbecue in South Carolina, a visit to the American South is a culinary odyssey. Here’s an introduction to some of the dishes you’re likely to encounter.

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French Quarter, New Orleans

Luxury holidays in the American South

Different to anywhere else in America, the American 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.

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Charleston, South Carolina

Exploring the American South: Georgia and the Carolinas

There’s more to the American South than the food, music and culture of Louisiana and Tennessee. USA 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.

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Beale Street, Memphis

Music culture of the American South

Jazz in New Orleans, soul in Memphis, and country in Nashville — USA specialist Carl takes you on a musical journey through the American South. En route, he delves into some of the best music tours and experiences you can enjoy during your own trip.

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Spicy Homemade Cajun Jambalaya

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 — USA specialist Natalie introduces you to the distinctive culinary pleasures of New Orleans.

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