There are many different definitions of the “South,” but this website will cover Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi and Louisiana and sometimes dabble in Florida and Arkansas.
Atlanta– Known as the capital of the South, Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics. It has the world’s busiest airport, the world’s largest aquarium, is the hometown of Coca-Cola and sports teams the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks.
Birmingham– Birmingham was home to The Civil Rights Movement and is the largest city in Alabama.
Chapel Hill– As part of the Research Triangle, the area where the major universities of Duke, Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina merge, Chapel Hill has no shortage of knowledge and culture.
Charlotte– The “Queen City” is the South’s banking hub, not to mention the birthplace of NASCAR. A cultural rebirth has brought in major art museums and performing arts centers.
Charleston– Historic Charleston is home to award winning restaurants, plantations and has been featured in countless movies, most notably Gone with the Wind and more recently The Notebook.
Columbia– It’s all about politics in South Carolina’s capitol. Five Points is the city’s restaurant and nightlife district, which brings in both politicians and college students.
Greenville– Falls Park on the Reedy is one of the most beautiful parks in the state, overlooking a waterfall. The city’s restaurants and art museums are also attractions worth visiting.
Louisville– This city is home to the Kentucky Derby and the original Louisville Slugger.
Memphis– The home of blues, Elvis, ribs and Beale Street is still on the rise and worth visiting for the food and fun.
Nashville – Country music is born here and everyone wants to be a star. The Grand Ole Opry and Broadway are the biggest draws.
New Orleans– New Orleans is still partying, even after Katrina hit years ago. The food and Mardi Gras keep tourists coming back year after year.
Savannah– As the home of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Savannah has Georgia’s historic niche covered. It holds one of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day festivities.