Deep South tailor-made holidays
Made up of southern states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, the Deep South is one of the most distinctive parts of the USA. Steeped in music, history, culture, sports and unique attractions, perhaps the greatest attribute of this home of jazz and blues though, is the warmth of its people.
Music of the Deep South
As you make your way through the green valleys of Georgia and the semi-arid tablelands of Alabama, expect America’s south to welcome you into honky-tonk bars, music halls and downtown diners alike. Indeed, music lovers will be right at home in this part of the world. Chart the progression of Americana in Nashville, where mid-century hillbilly gave way to a more refined 1960s sound before plunging into the alternative rock of the 1990s. In Memphis, Elvis still reigns while New Orleans dances to the rhythms of jazz, blues and rock & roll. This beating cultural heart of the Deep South combines weekly festivals and colourful parades with mouthwatering creole food and the colonial architecture of the famous French Quarter to create a carnival atmosphere that has to be seen, or heard, to be believed.
Amazing landscapes; unique culture
For a more laid back experience,
a luxury cruise on the Mississippi
takes in the history ofriverside
plantation homes. There are also
the leafy antebellum alleyways of
Charleston and Savannah, home to
key sites of the American Civil War,
including Fort Sumter, the pentagon-shaped
island where the first shots
of the war were fired. Alternatively,
the sweeping curves of Blue Ridge
Parkway (so-called because of
the blue isoprene haze released
by its trees) take you through
North Carolina’s mountainous east
while its coast treats you to a classic
combination of sand, sea and some
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Top itineraries in Deep South
When it comes to American music, all roads lead to the Deep South. This fly-drive celebrates the very best of the region's musical heritage, from soulful blues and brassy jazz to riverboat calliopes and gospel choirs.
Discover a rich and innovative culture, history and heritage on this 15-day self-drive tour of the Deep South states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Meander down the Mississippi on a river cruise, visiting a number of historic sights. Begin in Memphis and end in New Orleans as you experience some of the USA's finest music culture scene, including the birthplace of the King of the Blues – the late B.B. King.
Top places to stay in Deep South
Bringing quintessential French sophistication to the old-world design aesthetic of New Orlean's historic French Quarter, Bienville House offers more than just a prime location.
Experience the opulent luxury of the USA's most famous river ship, as included dining and a full spread of onboard entertainment introduces you to the unique cultures of the Deep South.
Deep within southern Louisiana in the historic city of Lafayette, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette is ideally located to discover what the Cajun Country has to offer.
Where to go in Deep South
America's Mississippi mixes the very best in southern hospitality with legendary blues music, grand plantation homes and a history and heritage steeped in the civil rights movement.
Tennessee is yet another southern state known for its immense contribution to music; in this case American roots music, from bluegrass, country, gospel, and blues to rockabilly, rock 'n' roll and soul.
Louisiana is an exotic mix of nations and cultures and has one of the most colourful histories of any US state. World-class music and fabulous food - a mix of French, African, Spanish and Acadian combine to create a sensory overload.
When to go to Deep South
Spring (Apr to Jun) and Autumn (Sep and Oct) are the best times to visit the Deep South and the Carolinas. Days are warm, nights are cool and you’ll avoid the hot, humid conditions of summer. On the coast, June to September can see heavy rain and the occasional hurricane, while winters, especially in the north, can be cold. Mardi Gras, which takes place in New Orleans each February, can be very busy so you’ll need to book well in advance.
Deep South articles
Nashville – Music City, a place where Johnny Cash made his mark, emerging as a lyrical legend. We've collated a list of the top 5 things you must do when you visit Nashville, from enjoying all-day music that lines honky-tonk bar streets to sampling Southern soul food.
How British Airways' new, non-stop flights to Nashville will affect travel to the Deep South and the best ways to take advantage of them.
Wexas consultant Bert Hyett recounts his recent trip to the Deep South, cruising on the Mississippi River aboard the classic steamboat, American Queen.
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