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The Deep South

Where is best?
12 years ago, April 19th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #134164  
The Deep South is made up of several states Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia (I think thats all of them), each has their own sights, history, music and food.

Which of them has the best sights, the best food, the best everything?

and which part in particular?

Maybe New Orleans? or maybe Memphis?

Have you been? if so and you have written a blog about it post a link here and let other Travelbloggers decide?

Nikki and I are thinking of going and would really appreciate your help plus it would give other Travelbloggers a chance to read your blogs. Reply to this

12 years ago, April 19th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #134169  
Oh, I can see this conversation opening up a whole can of worms 😊

I would suppose what you think characterizes the 'deep south' because some of the traits that supposedly permeate and define this region aren't necessarily the most positive. I have trouble thinking of Tennessee as the 'deep' south what with my family being from southern Kentucky just a skip across the state line (and having lived there for several years) - and while I think of the area as 'southern' compared to where I grew up, it's more former tobacco culture rather than plantation cotton culture which in many ways has defined the social structure of the 'deep south' historically.

And then when I think of New Orleans I think of a very unique culture that isn't entirely synonymous with the rest of the south or the state of Louisiana. That's more Cajun than southern.

So tricky question! But I'd suggest if you're looking for that 'classic' antebellum south you look into the hospitality of Savannah, GA.

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12 years ago, April 19th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #134180  
An interesting question and a great answer from Stephanie.

I would imagine the wonderful people North and South Carolina would be upset that they have been left our of your definition of the deep south. My experience has been that southerns are a proud bunch and each of them thinks their state is the best. Even though I was born and grew up in Ohio, my mother was from South Carolina and I spent every summer of my childhood there.

Chris, I hope that you and Nikki will make this trip-- How much time are you planning? That may help craft my answer.
I know you have been to the United States and know that each state has its own personality.

I agree with Stephanie that Louisiana is in a different class than the others. Louisiana is very diverse and rich in its history and culture. Yes, it is in the south and has many of the southern US characteristics but because of the Spanish, French and Caribbean influences from the past you have a melting pot of cultures. Most people know of Louisiana because of New Orleans but what they fail to understand is that the entire state is beautiful and has a varied topography. Louisiana offer rives, lakes, bayous, marshes and rolling hills.
The focus of your trip will more than likely be the fantastic city of New Orleans. It is alive with music and food. Some of the best chefs in our country are located in New Orleans. The French Quarter is a few blocks in each direction but there is a lot going on in those few blocks. Moving around the city and seeing the sites is easy.

Tennessee is spread out and from my perspective each city has its own personality. Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis are the biggest cities. Nashville is the home of country music. You can tour Graceland (the home of Elvis Presley) go the the Grand Old Oprey and the country music Hall of Fame. Knoxville, is my least favorite, but very close to the mountain TOURIST town of Gatlinburgh. Gatlinburgh can be fun for a couple of days but it is crowded and touristy. Dolly Parton has an amusement park nearby in Sieverville. Lots and lots of outlet shopping in this area. It is a shoppers Mecca. Finally, Memphis has a real southern feel and the famous Beale Street where you'll find wonderful food, bars and music. Memphis is the home to the blues. Lots of great music.

Alabama has some beautiful beaches. Montgomery and Birmingham are the two major cities. They are nice towns but if I were going to Alabama I'd spend my time at the beaches. Green rolling hills and lots of good BBQ.

Georgia as Stephanie pointed out offers the beautiful town of Savannah. Definitely worth a trip. The architecture is lovely and the people are hospitable. You'll find a wide array of southern foods-- rich sauces, fried foods and maybe some grits, biscuits and gravy. If you are considering Savannah, and you should --- please watch the movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" It will give you a taste of what Savannah has to offer. You could spend a few days in Atlanta enjoying the city life and a few days in Savannah. They have a nice jazz festival each year. There are some nice beaches nearby.

The one place to consider that was not part of your original question is Charleston, South Carolina. A beautiful southern city not to be overlooked. I can recommend a B&B that will provide everything you need. This town oozes southern charm. Lots of nice restaurants and the beaches are nearby. You can have a few days of history and then rent a beach front home or condo.

What month are you planning to do this? They may influence which location you select.

Enough for now.
Let us know where you decide to go.
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12 years ago, April 20th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #134191  
I'm so sorry I missed some states out. I just googled 'map of deep south' and the first map I clicked on had only those states.

We will be travelling in February for 10-14 days. We aim to spend February 21st in New Orleans as it's our wedding anniversary & will also be mardi gras. No plans are set in stone yet just doing some research at the moment. We'll only be spending a few days in each place so won't be able to see everything but we're aiming to see the 'best bits' of each place.

Other plans we're looking into for our wedding anniversary are possibly Vietnam or Malaysia but Nikki & I would prefer visiting The Deep South, we love the states, it's our favourite country. Reply to this

12 years ago, April 21st 2011 No: 5 Msg: #134285  
Hey Chris,

No problem-- many people forget about the Carolinas.
If you don't mind bouncing around a bit and taking a flight I would spend 4 nights in New Orleans, 4 nights in Charleston, S.C. and 4 nights in Savannah, Georgia. You could fly into New Orleans to enjoy Mardi Gras, then fly to Charleston, S.C. and from there you could drive to Savannah if you had any interest.

Or 4 nights in New Orleans, 4 nights in Key West and 4 nights Memphis.

Just a suggestion.

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12 years ago, May 4th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #135414  
I live in Georgia and I think there are a lot of great things to see in the area. One of my favorite places in the world is Cumberland Island, which is an undeveloped barrier island on the border between Georgia and Florida. If you go there camping is your best bet and February through March is a fine time to be there - Just be sure to plan ahead, because the campsites fill up quickly.

As mentioned, Savannah is another wonderful place on the coast, as is Jekyll Island and the Okefenokee Swamp.

Also, the mountains of North Georgia and North Carolina are amazing. Asheville is a highlight of the area for me, because of Biltmore Estate (I am a history buff). There are countless other nice places to visit, as well as countless 'Deep South' cultural experiences to be had.

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12 years ago, May 4th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #135417  

I've never made it to Cumberland Island but hope to explore that area. I almost moved to Jekyll Island thirty years ago.

The Biltmore is a beautiful home and Ashville a lovely town.
You have made some great suggestions.

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12 years ago, May 5th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #135508  
Thanks for the suggestions everyone, we really appreciate your comments. Reply to this

12 years ago, May 9th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #135827  
Being from South Carolina I have to blow our horn a little. You must visit the SC Coast. I would start in Charleston and while there visit a few of the islands ... I like James Island and Sullivans my self. I would then head up the coast following US-17. Be sure an enjoy all the beaches along the way. Some to remember are Folly, Atlantic and Myrtle. I would be sure to visit Georgetown while on the coast.

Tne you can head inland and visit many of the historic areas like Camden and Columbia. Dont forget to visit the upstate and catch the wounderful sites in the foothills of South Carolina.

Enjoy your trip! Reply to this

9 years ago, January 17th 2014 No: 10 Msg: #178710  
Most of them are best. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 19th 2014 No: 11 Msg: #179383  
Georgia is my favorite place so i choose this.it is best for me. Reply to this

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