Drawing on their deep knowledge about America’s southern states, our specialists have created some suggested itineraries to help inspire your visit to the Deep South. You could concentrate on the mountains and beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas, dive deep into the history and heritage of Kentucky and Tennessee, or delve into the area’s turbulent history, from the Civil War battlefields to Civil Rights museums and monuments. Or, you can choose to focus on the Deep South’s rich musical heritage and visit the cities where jazz, blues, country and rock and roll were all born.
Consider these itineraries mere suggestions – our specialists will assemble a trip that’s tailored specifically to your interests.
Ideas for your trip to the Deep South
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Deep South, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Wander the streets of Nashville, lined with music venues that you can enjoy any time of the day.
Immerse yourself in US Civil Rights history in Memphis at the moving National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel.
Explore the grand antebellum homes and plantation mansions along the Mississippi.
Delve into the culinary history of New Orleans, learning how to cook gumbo and jambalaya.
Soak up the scenery of Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks on ranger-led walks.
Look out for black bears in Shenandoah and salamanders in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Drive along the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway scenic highways, stopping to explore towns and villages en route.
Visit Washington D.C.'s iconic monuments, memorials, museums and galleries.
Learn from a local about traditional Cajun cuisine in an open demonstration cooking class.
Explore a number of plantations to discover Louisiana's rich history.
Taste your way around Baton Rouge's many craft breweries.
Visit the country's largest river swamp and spot a bald eagle at the Atchafalaya Basin.
Stroll through the streets of Charleston with an expert guide and get local insights into the city’s rich history.
Visit a number of historical plantations set upon the Ashley River, just a short drive from Charleston.
Enjoy typical Southern traditions at Montage Palmetto Bluff and sample fire-roasted S’mores, homemade sweet tea and slow-simmered shrimp and grits.
Bask in the Carolina sunshine on Hilton Head Island.
Experience traditional southern charm in Charleston and Savannah.
Visit Cape Canaveral and the 'Space Coast'.
Explore Miami's Art Deco heritage.
Take an airboat ride through the Everglades.
Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys.
Taste local delicacies such as Southern barbecue and Lowcountry boil.
Walk in the shoes of American royalty at Biltmore House.
Delve into Savannah’s culinary scene.
Watch birds and comb the unspoilt beaches on Jekyll Island.
Explore the streets of New Orleans' world-famous French Quarter with a private guide.
Taste the many Cajun and Creole culinary delights on a hands on cooking class.
Tour Memphis is style, in a vintage 1960's car.
Enjoy the musical birth places of Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock 'n' Roll.
Some of our favourite travel guides
Plantation properties can be found across the Deep South of the USA. Include a visit to these homes are part of your tailor-made trip to the Deep South and glimpse into the lives of wealthy estate owners, their families and slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries.View this travel 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.View this travel guide
There’s more to the Deep 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.View this travel guide
Different to anywhere else in America, the Deep 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.View this travel guide
Your guide to exploring the Deep 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.View this travel guide
The birthplace of jazz, blues, rock ’n’ roll, soul and country music, the Deep South is the USA’s undisputed music capital. US specialist Natalie shares her ideas for exploring the region’s musical heritage on your holiday to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville.View this travel guide