Journey through America’s Deep South and experience true Southern hospitality.
Each state has its own unique points of interest and attractions. Huntsville, Alabama has the largest space museum in the world, its exhibits including an authentic Saturn V moon rocket. Kentucky is home to Mammoth Cave National Park, the world’s longest cave system. Georgia’s Stone Mountain, near Atlanta, is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world. While in Georgia, visit Savannah's brand new American Prohibition Museum, where visitors will meet gangsters, flappers and rum-runners, and learn how to make the still illicit moonshine. New Orleans, Louisiana, is not only known for its annual ‘Mardi Gras’ festival but also has more historic districts than any other city in the US. Still in Louisiana, the state capital of Baton Rouge is just an hour from New Orleans, its 300 years of history and eclectic culture offering much for the visitor. Likewise, Lafayatte, at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country and tagged the ‘Happiest City in America’. Add to this the fabulous music of the Mississippi Delta region, Nashville and Memphis and there you have it – a region like no other in the United States.
The most famous southern cuisine is jambalaya, a spicy creole dish originating in Louisiana and with French and Spanish influences – elsewhere, however, there is much to satisfy the palate. For ‘comfort food’ at its best, try Kentucky’s ‘Hot Brown’, an American hot sandwich created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, whilst a staple of the Mississippi Delta region is tamale, a spicy cornmeal wrap cooked in corn husk. Then when the sweet tooth is calling, ‘Goo Goo Cluster’ is Tennessee’s chocolate treat first created in Nashville in 1912 – and it still tastes as good today! lack’.
The Shoals are a cluster of towns in the northwest corner of Alabama which are home to many famous recording studios, including Muscle Shoals, which are open to the public. Kentucky lays claim to two interesting facts:- there are more barrels of bourbon than there are people, and two sisters who resided in Louisville in the late 1800’s were the creators of quite a well-known song – ‘Happy Birthday’. For all the famous beaches in the US, Tennessee actually has more coastline than most states doe to its ubiquitous rivers and lakes.
This unbeatable pass offers admission to four legendary Memphis music attractions. Take a tour of Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and where stars such as Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis made their names. Learn about the city’s influence on soul music at Stax Museum of American Music and the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Last, but far from least, ‘Graceland’, where you will be immersed in the life and times of ‘The King’.
A night at the Grand Ole Opry is a must if you're in Nashville over a weekend, with each performance featuring a dynamic line-up of top country music acts. What started out as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is now one of the world’s most famous music venues, dedicated to honouring country music’s rich history. We offer you the chance to see one of the many shows that present stars of the future as well as superstars of today.
On the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, less than an hour’s drive from New Orleans, is St. Tammany Parish, a delightful area of clear streams, pine woods and idyllic communities brimming with antiques shops, galleries and restaurants. Outdoor activity options are a-plenty, with the ‘Tammany Trace’ being a fabulous bike trail leading through 31 miles of the Parish, or you may wish to try your hand at some fishing, tubing, take a swamp tour or indulge in a spot of wine tasting.