Trips

7 Stops
5 States

Big Cities, Bright Lights

The South is full of attractions large and small; so many great spots in fact that, at times, it can be hard to decipher which are worth your while. Fortunately, if you’re planning a visit, we’ve got you covered.…

3 Stops
3 States

Rhythms of the South

As the Gershwin classic says, ‘I got Rhythm, I Got Music...Who could Ask for Anything More?’ You’ll feel that way after visiting these Southern capital delights. Whether it’s penguin dives to delight your…

6 Stops
3 States

Hooch in the Hills & Racing!

The craft of making un-aged corn whiskey in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia pre-dates the American Revolutionary War, a recipe distilled from European roots, abundant corn, spring water running from the…

8 Stops
4 States

Bridging the Blues

Blues-loving ambassadors from Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee collaborated on Bridging the Blues (BTB). The result is a collection of suggested to-dos across the three states anchored by high-profile fests,…

6 Stops
3 States

Southern Authors, Swamps & Soundtracks

The heart and soul of the South can often be found on the pages of its’ iconic authors and in the lyrics of its’ most famous singers. Travel around to explore the favored sights, sounds and haunts of some of the…

6 Stops
3 States

Music Cradles

Let’s trek central and western North Carolina into southwest Virginia in search of America’s musical roots; where ballad-singing, flatfoot dancing and banjo-picking were homemade entertainment before radio…

7 Stops
4 States

Kings of the South

B.B. King, Martin Luther King Jr. and Elvis Presley share Southern heritage and all that once came with it: trials, both physical and emotional. Segregation. A need, a want, to sing something about it.

The trials…

6 Stops
4 States

Changing the Course of Freedom

Of the themes running through the American South, civil rights is one of the most dichotomous. Not only because the theme is one of division – black vs. white – but because to follow its thread is to relive its…

6 Stops
4 States

Sounds of the Delta

At the end of my last tour of Memphis’ Sun Studio, a Belgian visitor took his head in his hands, bore a bewildered gaze at our guide and asked, “Why was there so much talent here?” It was as though he…

5 Stops
2 States

America’s Spirits: Bourbon vs Whiskey

There’s a spirit that flows from Kentucky into Tennessee, a shared craft rooted in the land, tradition and ingenuity: abundant corn and pure water fueled family-owned distilleries until temperance and federal…

5 Stops
2 States

Equestrian Culture

Horse racing and breeding trace deep roots in the American South; roots embedded in Kentucky bluegrass and the rolling hills of middle Tennessee. Kentucky’s way with thoroughbreds and the American Saddlebred spread…

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