Encompassing the states of Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia along with Kentucky and the Carolinas, the Southern States region is incredibly diverse and to gain a deeper understanding of the history and the culture, a tour is the best option. Whether you want a set self-drive itinerary river cruise along the Mississippi River, or to create your own itinerary, there's a feast of scenery, sights and Southern hospitality awaiting you.
If your travels take you to Tennessee, chances are you'll begin with Memphis or Nashville, but venture out beyond those cities and you won't be disappointed. Not to be missed is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is world renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains and Southern Appalachian mountain culture. Also in the region is Dolly Parton's Dollywood Theme Park, where along with 40 rides and attractions there's award-winning entertainment, festivals and more. In Chattanooga, there's Lookout Mountain and Civil War history, an aquarium and of course, the Chattanooga Choo Choo!
New Orleans is sure to draw you towards Louisiana but the state capital of Baton Rouge is also worth a visit. There's a number of interactive museums, including the Old Governor's Mansion and Capitol Park Museum to name just two, but Baton Rouge is Plantation Country. A tour of one or more of these elaborate antebellum mansions shows what life was like at these domestic centres of massive cotton, sugar cane and rice plantations. Should you wish to discover more about Louisiana's Cajun and Creole culinary scene, then plot your route for Lafayette. A cultural oasis on the bayou, Lafayette blends the contemporary sophistication of a cosmopolitan city with a unique heritage and culture hard to find anywhere this side of Europe.
Alabama is awash with history, from the Civil War battlefields and beautiful antebellum mansions of a bygone era to the Civil Rights struggles of the 20th century. The cities of Birmingham and Montgomery became focal points in the Civil Rights era and you can find out more at the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery or at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Kentucky, the 'Bluegrass State', is probably best known for Bourbon and horses, particularly the annual Kentucky Derby which is held at Churchill Downs near to Louisville. There are Civil War battlefields to explore and the state is also the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali and where Colonel Sanders perfected his secret recipe for fried chicken!
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GMT -5 hours (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky; GMT -6 hours (Tennessee and Louisiana).
Raleigh is around 8 hours 30 minutes flying time while Charlotte and Atlanta are around 9 hours from the UK. Flights to Charleston or Birmingham take around 12 hours with one stop, although a non-stop flight will be available to Charleston from April 2019.
The Southern States generally have a subtropical climate, which brings very hot and humid summers and cool winters. Spring and autumn are seasons of pleasantly warm days and cool nights.
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Enjoy access to historic Shuttle Park, Rocket Park and all indoor exhibit areas, such as the main museum atrium and the Davidson Centre for Space Exploration. Guided tours of the Saturn V Hall also included. Available daily in Huntsville, Alabama except public holidays.