AMERICA'S DEEP SOUTH TOURS & HOLIDAYS
The Deep South traditionally consists of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Louisiana. However, Kentucky and the Carolinas are also often considered to be part of the mesmerising south as well. Whilst each of the six Deep South states has its own very distinct personality and identity, what unites them is the legendary “Southern Hospitality”, stemming from a fundamental belief that a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet! Of course, there are other things that tourists take a holiday to the Deep South to discover too!
The music tradition of the Deep South
When it comes to iconic American music, many forms find their roots in the cotton fields, river deltas and smoky clubs of the Deep South. Take a tour through its musical heritage of blues, jazz, country, gospel….these genres form the backbone of American music. The soulful, gritty blues find their home in Mississippi, while the French Quarter of New Orleans offers a bolder jazz sound. Nashville is known for the infamous country twang, while Bluegrass fiddle is commonplace in Kentucky. Of course, don’t forget the gospel choirs that are scattered across almost every city in the south.
Meanwhile Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero club in Clarksdale has to be on the list if you want to revel in the smoky club atmosphere that the Deep South is famed for.
The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee and the legendary studios of Alabama’s Muscle Shoals both cannot be missed either.
The Deep South’s unique cuisines
If there’s one thing the southerners do well, it’s food. With something to suit every taste under the sun, the Deep South offers everything from fine dining in five-star establishments to straight-off-the-boat seafood, while what the southerners can’t do with cheese simply isn’t worth knowing.
Specialities include fried green tomatoes, peach cobbler, jambalaya, mint juleps, soft shell crabs, iced tea, barbecue ribs and of course the original southern fried chicken.
If Birmingham, Alabama is on your list, be sure to check out the Hot & Hot Fish Club, and pay a visit to the Crab Shack on Tybee Island in Georgia. If seafood is your thing, head to the Acme Oyster House in New Orleans to take part in the oyster challenge, as made famous in Man v. Food.
Alternatively, Memphis has plenty to offer if you want a good, old fashioned American cheeseburger – and the BBQ ribs at BB King’s in Memphis are literally finger-lickin’-good. Louisiana even offers “Foodie Trails”, so you can tick off all your favourite places and devour some truly amazing food along the way.
The rich history of the Deep South
Much of the history of America is embodied in the complex heritage of the Deep South. From the Native American Choctaw, Chickasaw and Cherokee people, America moved on to keeping slaves on the plantations. After the Civil War, the USA continued to develop with the rise of Dr Martin Luther King jr. and the birth of the modern civil rights movement. Memphis is home to the Lorraine Motel, site of Dr. Kings murder and now a Civil Rights Museum.
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The Deep South - Deluxe Tour
Deep South Discovery – Heritage to Honky Tonk
Best of the Old South and New South
Tennessee and The South - Music and Mountains
Louisiana - Heartbeat of The Deep South
American Duchess River Cruise - Nashville to Memphis plus New Orleans
Backroads and Bayous of the Deep South
Dixie Discovery Tour
Sweet Home Alabama
Florida & The Deep South
Texas and Louisiana Adventure
USA Rail Holiday - Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans
Land of the American Kings - Elvis, BB King and King Cotton
Tastes & Sounds of the South - A Trafalgar Escorted Tour
Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans
Alabama - In the Footsteps of Freedom
Alabama Jazz, Blues and Soul Trail
Explore the Southern States
Charleston & Savannah - a Tauck Escorted Tour
The Heart of Texas
The Charming Carolinas Tour - North and South
Alabama Highlights Tour
Kentucky, Tennessee and The Big Easy
USA Rail Holiday - The Cotton States
The Ultimate Music & Heritage Tour of the Deep South
America's Sunny Southern Seacoast
The Back Roads of Georgia
Lower Mississippi Memphis to New Orleans
Lower Mississippi - New Orleans Round Trip
Tennessee and the Deep South
Alabama Legends of Music Tour
Memphis, New Orleans and NCL Cruise
Only In America...
New Orleans Short Break
Have a Blast at Space Camp!
Mighty Mississippi - Full Length River Cruise
Georgia and the Carolinas - Southern Hospitality, Sunny Shores and Smoky Mountains
Colourful Trails of the Southwest - A Trafalgar Escorted Tour
Memphis attraction package
Only In America - Unclaimed Baggage Centre
Elvis Presley's Graceland
Haunted New Orleans
Fontanel Mansion, Nashville
The Myrtles Plantation Home - USA's Most Haunted House
National Civil Rights Museum
Mardi Gras & Mardi Gras World
Antebellum Plantation Homes in Louisiana
Natchez Trace Parkway
Nashville attraction package.
New Orleans School of Cookery
The Garden District, New Orleans
The Steel Magnolia House
Steamboat Natchez Dinner Jazz Cruise
New Orleans Super City Tour
Paddle and Wheel Tour
Swamp and Bayou Tour
Dolly Parton's Favourite Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!
Memphis Mojo Tour
30 Years Of Graceland........
50 Shades Of New Orleans...
The Blues Highway
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Honky Tonk Highway
The 'Man in Black' is immortalised at the Johnnie Cash Museum
Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum
Loyd Hall Plantation Home
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
The Kentucky Derby Museum
The Kentucky Derby
Muhammad Ali Center
Mammoth Cave National Park
Grammy Museum, Cleveland
Elvis Presley's Memphis - Entertainment Complex at Graceland
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford