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Best Southern Escapes
From the food to the clothing, the South tends to be an area of interest. At Away.com, we’ve picked three southern escapes that embody both the history and the culture of the South.

Charleston, South Carolina’s entire downtown is designated as a National Historic Landmark. Every year more than 4 million tourists are drawn to the history, dinning, and shopping of this southern jewel. See Fort Sumter, where the first shot of the Civil War took place, or take a horse-carriage ride and learn about the area’s historic mansions and churches. Also, take a walk along the waterfront or through gardens of old plantations.

March with the Saints on down to New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, the major tourist areas have been cleaned up, rebuilt, and renovated, welcoming guests with the Big Easy’s trademark charm and enthusiasm. Creole history is alive and well as you wander the streets of the French Quarter, Garden District, and Uptown neighborhoods. You’re destined to find street bands, hidden eateries, and small bars serving up centuries-old cocktail recipes.

Nashville is the home of country music, but you’ll find rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and soul playing, too. Since 1925, The Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest-running live radio show, has hosted countless major stars as they belt out classic performances. Also, visit the 19-acre Bicentennial Mall State Park, in Downtown Nashville, which features 31 spectacular fountains.

So don your pearls and seersucker, and go hear that southern drawl in person.


Published: 11 Sep 2012 | Last Updated: 12 Sep 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

Best Hotels in Charleston

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French Quarter Inn
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The Harbour View Inn
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Belmond Charleston Place
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Market Pavilion Hotel

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