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Introduction

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 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 re†fined 1960s sound before plunging into the alternative rock of the 1990s. In Memphis, Elvis still reigns while New Orleans dances to a rhythmic beat of jazz, blues and rock & roll. This beating cultural heart of the Deep South combines weekly festivals and colourful parades with mouth-watering 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.

Landscapes & culture

For a more laid back experience, a ”luxury cruise on the Mississippi takes in the history of”riverside 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 excellent surf.

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American Queen Steamboat Cruise on the Mississippi

13-day tailor-made river cruise from £2,445 pp

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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.

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Top itineraries in Deep South

All-American Music Tour

13-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,860 pp incl. flights

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.

Rhythms of the Deep South Self-Drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,040 pp incl. flights

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.

Southern Plantation Homes Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,480 pp incl. flights

This nine-day self-drive begins with three days in lively New Orleans - the birthplace of jazz - before heading west along the Great River Road to Baton Rouge, Natchez and Cajun Country where you'll find grand plantation houses and delicious Southern food.

Best of the Carolinas & Georgia

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,730 pp incl. flights

They say The Carolinas is a land of contrasts and it's true – atmospheric mountainscapes vie with pristine beaches for your attention in a region of incredible natural beauty. This seldom-travelled part of the USA provides nature, relaxation, adventure and history in abundance.

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Top places to stay in Deep South

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Historic hotel

It’s been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of this venerable old New Orleans Hotel while the hotel’s revolving carousel sums up the city’s fun-loving spirit.

Union Station Hotel, Nashville

Historic hotel

The Union Station Hotel is a characterful, central boutique hotel situated inside a beautifully-restored 19th-century railroad station in downtown Nashville. Its signature restaurant, Prime 108, is the proud recipient of the prestigious Forbes Four-Star award for culinary excellence.

Loews Atlanta

Contemporary hotel

Situated in the centre of Midtown, near Piedmont Park, the Loews Atlanta combines contemporary Southern style with classic luxury. Rooms feature a sleek, modern scheme with floor to ceiling windows affording fantastic city views. The location is better than downtown, with a great selection of restau

The Windsor Court, New Orleans

Traditional hotel

Celebrating everything that New Orleans stands for with nationally acclaimed food, stylised interiors and its very own jazz bar, this hotel is an excellent choice in a central location.

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Where to go in Deep South

Mississippi

Mississippi mixes southern hospitality with blues music, plantation homes and civil rights heritage.

Tennessee

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

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.

Georgia State

From plantations and coastal islands to the Antebellum Trail, Georgia should definitely be on your mind. Charming towns deeply rooted in America's history give way to coastal regions of exceptional beauty and vast and protected scenic mountain areas dotted with cabins and cottages.

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When to go to Deep South

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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.

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