These five states have captured the imagination of artists for centuries, with its musical fusions, unique Southern drawl, characteristic heat, and even hotter Creole cuisine.
America’s Deep South has ignited the imagination of some of history’s greatest artists, serving as the backdrop for timeless novels including To Kill a Mockingbird and Gone with the Wind, films like Driving Miss Daisy and Big Fish, and of course, plays by Tennessee Williams’ such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
But what is the Deep South like in reality? The region is made up of five states: Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The Deep South is defined by the heat, barbeque and spicy Creole food, a fusion of musical genres, and of course, that old-fashioned Southern charm.
One fantastic way to be immersed in this captivating part of the US is by taking an escorted tour of the Deep South. Our holidays here offer myriad opportunities to spot wildlife on a bayou tour, to indulge in a Southern-style barbeque dinner, and to unwind on scenic drives throughout the southern states from the trading town of Chattanooga to the wooded Tennessee hills. The atmosphere is undeniable.
A Deep South tour is the ideal holiday for music aficionados, with the genres of jazz, soul, country, and blues dominating the region. These states have a rich and complex history of music, with the art form being used by locals and transplants alike for storytelling, worship, entertainment, activism, and cultural expression.
There are many southern destinations to visit if you are looking to deepen your knowledge of America’s musical past. The world capital of country music, Nashville, is a must, with its Country Music Hall of Fame, legendary Studio B, and the Ernest Tubb Record Shop - make room in your luggage! Nearby is Memphis, the home of Elvis Presley, where you can check out Sun Studio and Graceland. New Orleans is another fantastically musical destination in the Deep South, with an atmospheric French Quarter and steamboat dinner jazz cruises down the Mississippi. Wherever you head, don’t miss your moment to revel in some live music.
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