Are you planning a road trip through America’s Southern States in the future, and do you want to see and feel the real American culture next to all the beautiful sights that this region has to offer?
Then experts advise these towns in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Carolina’s as the Southern Must-Do’s.
Abingdon is a fun place to visit. The mountains that surround the town beckon visitors to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and spectacular scenery. The downtown district with its brick sidewalks and tree-lined streets entice visitors to explore every block and visit every shop, restaurant and cafes. Thats what old-fashioned southern hospitality is about.
Beaufort, South Carolina
Down in South Carolina’s Lowcountry is Beaufort, an alluring waterside town hidden away on Port Royal Island in the heart of what the locals call the “Sea Islands.” The town, which is pronounced as if saying “beautiful,” has all of the trimmings of the big city—culture, history, stellar cuisine—while remaining quaint, quiet, and ever-so charming. Trees kiss over the many bike paths, park benches overlook the water views, and Spanish moss dangles above the walking paths that crisscross throughout the town.
Filled with mansions built by the wealthy plantation owners before the Civil War, Beaufort was one of the only Southern towns chosen to be occupied by Union troops, rather than destroyed. More than 50 historic structures have been identified in Beaufort, including many lovely private homes that have been beautifully restored and are now available to view via professionally-guided walking, bus, or horse-drawn carriage tours. Special spring and fall events offer locals and visitors the opportunity to tour several private homes and gardens. This coastal town has wonderful B&Bs and restaurants serving fresh local fare. Beaufort is also known for its outstanding golf courses, beaches, and outdoor adventures.
When you go to visit Beaufort, you’d better make sure you have enough time to truly take advantage of everything this lovely city has to offer.
Bristol is a place where majestic mountains, rolling hills and some of the country’s top lakes and rivers converge in one easily accessible location. It’s also where you can feel the indescribable rush of famed Bristol Motor Speedway while enjoying the sounds of country music legends at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Bristol is a city bursting with history and unforgettable experiences. Come discover Bristol and make some memories!
Site of the first major U.S. Gold Rush and the Heart of Georgia Wine Country, Dahlonega offers an authentic, mountain getaway only an hour north of Atlanta. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dahlonega offers expansive mountain vistas, roaring waterfalls and bubbling streams, postcard-worthy wineries and an abundance of entertainment.
Whether your perfect day involves wading knee-deep in the river panning for gold, strolling through art galleries, shopping in one-of-a-kind boutiques, or sipping perfection expressed in Georgia wine, Dahlonega is guaranteed to please.
Experience historic tours and attractions, stroll our delightful Downtown — listed on the Historic Register — adventure through the Chattahoochee National Forest, and enjoy live music, theater and arts entertainment year-round at venues and seasonal festivals.
Discover picturesque antebellum homes in one of Georgia’s oldest and largest National Historic Districts. Explore stunning attractions, one-of-a-kind shops, and renowned restaurants. Celebrate the outdoors on beautiful hiking trails in one of Georgia’s largest state parks – Hard Labor Creek. Relax in some of the South’s most amazing inns, bed and breakfasts and hotels. Come for the day or stay a lifetime to experience an authentic Southern town with a unique style and full of Southern charm. And of course, it’s in historic Madison, Georgia and Morgan County where you’ll find it all!
History buffs can find an abundance of colonial and Civil War sites to explore in Mathews. The Mathews Court House Square is a collection of 18-century and 19th-century buildings along with an active historical society. Its close proximitey to Virginia’s Historic Triange — Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown — offers additional incentive to visit this coastal community.
Visitors can take advantage of numerous self-guided trails as well as enjoy guided treks on the county’s birding, bicycling and driving tours.
Don’t miss the serenity of the Bay. Visits Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve and New Point Comfort Nature Preserve to appreciate the unspoiled ecosystem. Launch out to also get a closer view of New Point Comfort Lighthouse – the third oldest still-standing lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay.
Mooresville is a charming little town about 20 miles southwest of Huntsville, just off Highway 565 in Limestone County. Visiting Mooresville is like stepping back in time to a peaceful, less hectic way of living
In fact, Mooresville, with its tree-shaded streets, white picket fences and absence of sidewalks, is the model for many of the new “planned communities” going up everywhere as people search for that neighborhood feeling. Architects and developers from around the country come to Alabama Territory’s first incorporated town to see how it works.
Mooresville is often referred to as “Alabama’s Williamsburg” and its rural appearance makes it look like a pre-Civil War setting.
An infinitely wide river, dotted with islands and marshy forests on the banks: welcome to Natchez on the Mississippi. Natchez is the oldest settlement on the Mississippi and still shows the prosperity in which the plantation owners and other wealthy people lived in the pre-Civil War era. Natchez is also the end (or the beginning!) Of the Natchez Trace Parkway, a tourist route through the state.
Nestled among tall pines and oaks just south of the Big South Fork National Park, lies Historic Rugby, Tennessee. A Victorian English village tucked away in the woods, the town of Rugby has tours of historic buildings, boutique and craftsman shops and delicious dining. And just outside of the town limits are incredible outdoors adventures, hikes and waterfalls through mountain wilderness.
Waynesville North Carolina
Waynesville, North Carolina, is the largest town in Western North Carolina and is a short drive from Asheville, NC. Downtown Waynesville has a quaint, urban charm, perfect for walkable shopping in local boutiques and gift shops for artisan goods. For visitors interested in enjoying a unique, flavorful Appalachian experience, Waynesville offers a vibrant farm-to-table restaurant and craft beer scene. Its proximity to popular hiking trails and waterfalls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway makes it a popular vacation destination for those looking to explore the great outdoors. Once you experience Waynesville, you’ll never want to leave! We’re sure You’ll Love It!
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