The Southern United States of America: known for its hot summers, savory foods, unique culture, soulful music, and classic charm. Different than any other place in the world, the South is somewhere you’ll want to make a stop.
Next time you’re cruising through the lower half of the U.S., make plans to stop at one of these 5 must-see places in the South.
Natural Springs of Florida
Cool, crisp water awaits you at these natural wonders of the world. Unlike any other type of spring you’ll experience, the cold, natural springs of Florida are something you don’t want to miss.
Many of the springs stay around the same temperature year-round, allowing swimmers to enjoy them from summer through winter. With crystal clear waters, most natural springs are located in Florida State Parks and offer year-round activities aside from swimming, like kayaking, hiking, and even pancake eating!
Use a map to find the spring nearest you, or visit one of these Florida favorites:
Blue Spring: Orange City, FL
De Leon Springs State Park: De Leon Springs, FL
Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run: Apopka, FL
Ponce de Leon Springs: Ponce de Leon, FL
New Orleans, Louisiana
While New Orleans in itself is an entire city, it’s impossible to pick the best place to visit in this one-of-a-kind wonderland. During your time in the Big Easy, don’t miss these top spots:
Bourbon Street: The capital of drinking, there is no open container law on this 24/7 party lane. Mingle with locals, drink hurricanes and Abita beer, and toss beads all the way down Bourbon Street.
Jackson Square: This historic park is located in the French Quarters of New Orleans. With endless street performers, festivals, and events, you won’t be bored. Don’t forget to stop at Café du Monde for beignets.
Frenchmen Street: Looking for music? This is your place. Walk up and down these blocks listening to some of the best jazz music in the country.
Grand Ole Opry
The capital of country music, Nashville, Tennessee is home to some of the best country music artists in the world. How do you know if you’ve “made it” in country music? You get to play the Grand Ole Opry.
This historic stage features weekly shows of both up-and-coming artists as well as famous country stars. Before your visit, check who will be playing and buy your tickets early – there’s a good chance they could sell out.
Historic District, Savannah Georgia
Cobblestone streets and oak trees covered in Spanish moss line this historic city. The largest National Landmark Historic District in the country, the Historic District of Savannah offers its visitors culture, art, cuisine, and history.
Instead of a hotel, try booking a room at a local historic inn or bed and breakfast. Explore the Historic District via trolley and see everything it has to offer.
For authentic, down-home cooking, make reservations at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room. Eat at communal tables with your family and friends, or make a new buddy with the stranger in the seat next to you.
If you’re looking to dine in an old mansion, the Olde Pink House is for you. This historic eatery features classic southern dishes every visitor is sure to enjoy.
Looking to get real southern? Head on over to a NASCAR race. To get the full experience, take a visit to Talladega, Alabama where you’ll find Talladega Superspeedway.
With two major races a year – one in the fall, one in the spring – you’ll get the chance to feel cars racing past you at 200 mph. Other events happen throughout the year, but the best way to experience it all is to go camping.
Whether you’re there in October or March, tailgating and camping is the best way to get the most authentic NASCAR experience. Camping happens in the middle of the track – the infield. Trailers and tents are welcome, and the track also offers some for rent. And don’t forget – NASCAR is one of the last in professional sports where it’s acceptable to bring in your own cooler of beer. Here's some Camping Checklist Preparation for Stress Free Experience.
The South has so much to offer its visitors. There’s a reason the people who visit there end up moving – it is just that kind of place. If you’re looking for somewhere unique to go on your next trip, consider one of these 5 must-see places in one of the most unique parts of the world.