Considering a road trip through the American South? Then this sponsored post should help you get a feel for some of the cities you should add to your itinerary.
The South may or may not rise again but until it does, you will have to travel there to fully appreciate what that term means and the historical culture that still remains a living, breathing part of some of the most modern cities in the Southeast. You don’t need a cowboy hat, a mustache or a Trans Am to enjoy a drive through the South — just a sense of adventure. At the end of your journey through these cities along your road trip, you probably won’t be naming your son after Jefferson Davis, but you will have an appreciation for Southern culture.
5. Atlanta, GA
Atlanta might be one of the most “northern” cities in design, as its pre-Civil War architecture was burned to the ground by Sherman’s troops during the Civil War, and Atlanta rebuilt its city with modern structures as a center of the “New South.” A tourist destination that will give you a different taste of Atlanta is a trip to the World of Coca-Cola. It attracts over one million people a year, providing a cool look into Coke’s advertising over the years, and offering visitors the chance to taste the different sodas produced around the world. Another worthwhile stop is the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium, and has over 60 underwater habitats. Finally, a trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is a thought-provoking way to end your visit to Atlanta.
4. Savannah, GA
While Atlanta is a model for the “New South,” Savannah is a beautiful link to its past. Elegant old mansions, churches, historic homes and cemeteries still remain untouched, and if you stroll along the streets underneath the peach trees, you’ll swear it’s the 19th century. The Savannah Historic District is one of the largest historic districts in the nation, and the architecture of the plantation era homes and the Southern hospitality of the people who live in Savannah will make you crave a mint julep. Savannah is a port city and its bridges and Victorian District streets have a definite unique charm to them. A trip aboard a ferry boat along the Savannah River offers relaxing views of the water and this picturesque city. If you’re interested in Savannah’s darker past, consider taking a ghost tour of the city after dusk.
3. Nashville, TN
Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee and is synonymous with country music. It has earned the nickname “Music City,” and no visit to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. If it takes “practice” to make it to Carnegie Hall, then it takes playing at the Grand Ole Opry to really “make it” in country music. All the legends of country music have performed in this hallowed venue, from Patsy Kline to Reba McEntire, and the Country Music Hall of Fame is also located in Nashville. Nashville also has impressive architecture — it was once known as the Athens of the South. You will understand this moniker when you approach the full-scale replica of the Parthenon that was built in Nashville in 1931. Today, the Parthenon functions as an art museum and is located in Centennial Park. You are likely to see a collection of 19th and 20th century artists at Nashville’s Parthenon, but a velvet painting of Elvis will most likely not be one of them.
2. Charleston, SC
A visit to Charleston, South Carolina, combines the best of genteel Southern charm and beautiful resort beaches on peaceful nearby islands. The historic city of Charleston is home to over 600 buildings built before the 1840s. A visit to the Charleston Museum and the Exchange and Provost Building will help transport you back to Charleston’s past. In 1790, the state legislators met at the Exchange and Provost to ratify the new state’s constitution. Don’t forget to visit the Old City Market, too, which is open 365 days a year, where you can shop along the cobblestone streets and peruse Charleston’s famous sweetgrass baskets.
1. Charlotte, NC
Charlotte is a city that takes its old-fashioned Southern hospitality seriously, and is a great place to end your tour through the South. Charlotte has many modern entertainment options. It is the home of the recently constructed NASCAR Hall of Fame, which is a perfect place to visit on a road trip for any racing fan. The Levine Museum of the New South brings to life post-Civil War history in an entertaining way, and they will even dress you in 19th century era clothes. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy on your visit to the Queen City.
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Have you ever roadtripped through the South? If so, what other cities would you add to this list?
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