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Travel South's Great American Road Trip - Music of the South
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Musical Magic

The foundation of the USA’s music has its roots in the South, chiefly in the forms of jazz, blues and bluegrass. Hear banjo-fueled bluegrass tunes in Kentucky and soulful Delta blues in Mississippi. Grab a dance partner at a Zydeco bar in Lafayette, Louisiana, or wander down the street in New Orleans and happen upon a brass band. Tour Elvis Presley’s gilded Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee. You’ll find live music 24 hours a day in the honky-tonks and clubs of Nashville, affectionately known as “Music City.”

 

Past Meets Present

Whether you seek to study the past or learn about cutting-edge technology, the South’s historic sites, museums and monuments offer much to explore. Visit Civil War battlefields, monuments and commemorative museums from Charleston, South Carolina to Manassas and Richmond, Virginia, and Andersonville, Georgia. Learn about the key figures and moments in the U.S. Civil Rights movement from Atlanta, Georgia, to Little Rock, Arkansas. Fast forward to the future and discover the latest technology at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

 

Unforgettable Cuisine

With influences from a wide variety of cultures – from Native American to African to Spanish and French and more – the cuisine here is bursting with personality. Try a plate of spice-rubbed burnt ends, made from smoky beef brisket, in Kansas City, Missouri, or sample roasted pork with a tangy vinegar and pepper sauce in Lexington, North Carolina. Bite into shrimp and grits in South Carolina, or biscuits and gravy in Georgia. Or, enjoy a chef’s creative take on the freshest seafood at a beachfront restaurant along the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Hit the Road

The close proximity of the diverse experiences around the South makes it a prime destination for a road trip. Drive through the idyllic horse pastures of Kentucky or the winding mountain roads of the Great Smoky Mountains. Take in the lush scenery along the 1,932-kilometer Coast Highway, which spans from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to coastal beaches. Explore Cajun and Creole culture in the small towns and byways throughout Louisiana or music history through Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas. The possibilities are endless, whether you follow one of the routes below or create your own.

Travel South's Great American Road Trip - Music of the South
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