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Southeast - United States of America

Southeast

(Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia) 

 

Alabama

Alabama is a land of history, culture, music and adventure from beaches to mountains. Home to legends Nat King Cole, W. C. Handy, Hank Williams and Aretha Franklin. They sing Gospel in iconic churches, while Blues, Country and Jazz set the mood in local bars. 

Start the adventure in unforgettable New Orleans to explore the compact French Quarter on foot, then travel east into the fun-loving Mobile area. The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is one of the most biologically diverse areas of North America, with an astounding range of flora and fauna.

Along the way, be sure to make stops in quaint Fairhope and the shopping haven of Foley. End your coastal road trip to the lovely white-sandy beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Arkansas

From its rugged mountains and rolling rapids to its historic small towns, caves and mines, Arkansas’s landscape reflects the scenic variety of this part of the USA, to its Delta. We know Arkansas as The Natural State for stunning mountain vistas and clear running streams. While the big cities of Little Rock, Hot Springs, and Bentonville offer a cosmopolitan feel.

Tucked away in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Rogers, the sixth-largest city, is the epitome of a charming small town surrounded by lush natural beauty. Just to the east, Beaver Lake set among several state parks, offers hiking, biking, camping, boating and fishing. They draw cyclists to the area’s downtown bike park, a vast network of multi-use paths and challenging mountain bike trails.

Florida

With coastlines on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is home to beaches and theme parks. Venture beyond to discover natural treasures, first-rate cultural attractions, and hidden gems.

Spend several days in Orlando and Kissimmee. Explore the theme parks, including Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios, then head east to Florida’s Space Coast, to relax on the Atlantic Ocean beaches. Take a tour of the Kennedy Space Center Pick oranges in a Clermont citrus grove and take time out to enjoy the wildlife at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, set on Florida’s largest barrier island and home to bald eagles, osprey, gopher tortoises and nesting sea turtles.

Georgia

Georgia welcomes visitors with big cities and small towns, thriving arts and culture, and a geographical range from the mountains to the beach; famous for its peaches, Georgia constantly redefines what it means to be Southern through the places, perspectives and people that make this state so unique. Georgia is home to Indigenous American heritage, Revolutionary War sites, the birthplace of a President, and the cradle of the civil rights movement.

Visit The largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium, one of the state’s signature attractions. Nearby, you can visit the headquarters of Coca-Cola, at World of Coca-Cola. There are trails to be wandered, lakes to be paddled and beaches to be strolled and Natural wonders such as Providence Canyon, Driftwood Beach and the Okefenokee Swamp.

Kentucky

Kentucky, The Bluegrass State, well known for Daniel Boone and other explorers who trekked through the Cumberland Gap to visitors who today love to explore the depths of Mammoth Cave National Park. Watch jockeys race majestic thoroughbreds to victory at the Kentucky Derby and taste master distillers crafting ninety-five per cent of the world’s bourbon, then savour Kentucky’s cuisine and artists who find inspiration in the state’s natural beauty.

Kentucky has abundant wilderness and waters to explore, as well as the longest known cave system in the world (Mammoth Cave National Park). Kentucky is an angler’s paradise and home to Kentucky and Barkley lakes, two of the largest man-made lakes in the country. These vast waters are also magnificent spots for boating, skiing and tubing. Visitors can trek through countless trails that wind through the state, including Sheltowee Trace National Recreational Trail, Kentucky’s longest trail stretching over 418 kilometres through the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Louisiana

Louisiana’s mist-shrouded swamps, the prairies of Acadiana and the grey Spanish moss cascading from old trees add up to the special feeling, home to streets filled with an eclectic mix of people whose ideas and tastes translate into the cuisines, music and art that characterize the Pelican State.

A little over 88 kilometres southwest of New Orleans, Houma is known as Louisiana’s Bayou Country, with about 6,500 square kilometres of mysterious swamps and vast wetlands. Bordered by the bountiful Gulf of Mexico, surrounded by rich, coffee-coloured bayous and shaded by an endless canopy of moss-draped cypress trees, Houma is home to a rare blend of nature and deep-rooted Cajun culture and hospitality. Discover a unique dialect, lively music, world-famous cooking and a history that’s rich in heritage and hospitality.

Mississippi

Mississippi is the place to dip your toes in the sands of the Gulf of Mexico, then tap to the beat of authentic roots blues music known for preserving creative arts, historical places, and natural wonders. The mighty Mississippi River forms the state’s western boundary, and visitors find freshly caught shrimp on a menu as they are barbecued ribs and fried catfish.

Connected by Highway 90 and often called the “Riviera of the South,” Gulfport and Biloxi offer sunny beaches on barrier islands, fantastic fishing and prime boating opportunities that are enriched by long-standing maritime traditions such as shrimping and boat building. These cities know how to have fun, too. Listen to Biloxi blues in a classic juke joint, go swimming with dolphins, splash down a water park slide or hang out by the resort pool. Gulfport and Biloxi are relaxed, family-friendly cities with a special brand of Southern charm.

Missouri

From the top of the iconic Gateway Arch to the exuberant nightlife of Branson and the caves and forests in between. Cruise Route 66 for vintage Americana; put on your dancing shoes for nights of jazz or visit one of the state parks for outdoor adventure, and tuck into a plate of slow-cooked barbecue. Missouri has it all.

Historic Route 66 runs over 480 kilometres through Missouri. Follow the “Mother Road” to explore nostalgic sites or stroll the limestone corridors of Meramec Caverns. Learn about the origins and Golden Age of Route 66 at the History Museum on the Square in Springfield.

Home to the Ozark Mountains and 81,000 hectares of public green space, visit one of nearly 100 state parks to enjoy hiking, canoeing, biking or horseback riding. Known as the “Cave State,” Missouri is home to some 6,400 caverns, with over 20 available for curious travellers. Spend a relaxing time at the Lake of the Ozarks, with its 1,770 kilometres of shoreline, which beckons travellers for fishing and boating, as well as golfing, helicopter tours and zipline adventures.

North Carolina

North Carolina’s highest mountain peaks meet 482 kilometres of shoreline. Home to hundreds of waterfalls, dozens of lakes, four national forests, and rivers and streams perfect for outdoor adventures. Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway, go hang gliding, a stone’s throw from the site of the world’s first powered flight or spend some quality time in one of the many vibrant cities where you sample world-famous barbecue and locally crafted beer.

With all, there is to do on land and by sea, save time for North Carolina’s vibrant cities and eclectic college towns. Here, the dynamic natural landscape gives way to over 400 vineyards and valleys, premier golf courses, stock car tracks, historic sites, plentiful shopping and restaurants that carry on the state’s distinct culinary tradition. Foodies can indulge in delights from barbecue pitmasters, award-winning chefs, brewmasters, vintners and even Moravian cookie makers.

South Carolina

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean in the east, west South Carolina offers outdoor activities and quaint mountain towns. The Midlands-Piedmont region is home to the state capital, Columbia, known for its year-round summer climate. South Carolina’s coast encompasses historical gems like Fort Sumter and Charleston’s golf and beach havens like Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach. offering 301 kilometres of picture-perfect coastline.

Take a trolly tour through the lush green tea gardens of the USA’s only tea plantation, then explore the factory. When you have finished your cup of tea, this satisfies your thirst experience, taking you onto breweries, vineyards, distilleries and dairy farms across the state.

Tennessee

Tennessee mixes historic and modern places like Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. Whether it’s hiking the Appalachian Trail, savouring Jack Daniels and a barbecue, making a pilgrimage to Graceland or paying your respects at the National Civil Rights Museum. This Southern destination mixes historic and modern in places like Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. Look for Civil War sites, civil rights monuments and some of music’s most legendary landmarks right alongside world-class cultural venues, trendy food spots and craft distilleries and breweries.

Discover Appalachian Mountain culture, witness the breathtaking beauty of autumn leaves or explore endless hiking trails and peaceful waterfalls. Beyond the Great Smoky Mountains national park, outdoor thrill-seekers can raft the Ocoee River in Cleveland, zip-line through treetops in Gatlinburg or explore one of the 56 state parks. Don’t miss a chance to take a riverboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi in Memphis.

Virginia

Virginia filled with sandy beaches, historical attractions, and the Blue Ridge Mountains where visitors can spot an array of species of birds is the birthplace of eight U.S. Presidents, including Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Alexandria, Roanoke, Richmond and Hampton.

History and romance go hand in hand here, where rolling hills and sunny beaches give way to charming towns and boardwalks along with the polished manors of presidents and memorial sites. The Historic Triangle, for example, is home to Jamestown, the first English settlement in the USA, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown, where the American Revolutionary War ended.

Enjoy some of the state’s excellent oysters from the Virginia Oyster Trail and a glass of wine from more than the 300 wineries, while watching the sunset on a picnic in Shenandoah National Park.

Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C.is marked by awe-inspiring structures, statues and temples that grace the National Mall to tell fascinating stories through their histories and designs. From the Washington Monument to the World War II Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, D.C. traces the history of the USA.

Visit the Space Needle, the 184-metre flying saucer-shaped tower to enjoy a 360-degree wondrous view of Seattle and further on to the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges. 

Mountaineering enthusiasts can test their climbing skills in Mount Rainier National Park. The Mountain is rising 4,400 meters above sea level, covered in glaciers that feed six major rivers. And in the spring, a colourful array of wildflower meadows rings the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes.