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 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 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 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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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 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.
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.
Top places to stay in Deep South
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.
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.
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
Where to go in Deep South
Mississippi mixes southern hospitality with blues music, plantation homes and civil rights heritage.
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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