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10 of the Top Landmarks in the South

Deep South magazine partnered up with Expedia.com to help make memories on your next Southern adventure. Whether fueled by history, literature, music, nostalgia or the great outdoors, plan to visit some of the region’s most popular landmarks and attractions.


Oak Alley Plantation
Vacherie, Louisiana

Capture your photo along this historic plantation’s alley of 28 oak trees and experience the real-life setting for the 1994 film “Interview With the Vampire.” Inside, the majestic house has been restored to its former glory, and cottages and a restaurant make it possible to stay the night.

Southernmost Point
Key West, Florida

Another must-stop photo opp along your Southern tour, this popular spot on Florida’s coast is anchored by a colorful buoy. Locate it at the corner of South and Whitehead streets, and be prepared to stand in line. It’s one of the most visited —and photographed — spots on the island.

Monroeville Courthouse, Top Landmarks in the South

Old Monroe County Courthouse
Monroeville, Alabama

With the recent passing of Harper Lee, her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, will become even more of a pilgrimage for fans wanting to catch a glimpse of Maycomb. The best place to learn about Lee’s life and work is the old county courthouse. Sit in the courtroom where her father practiced law, view exhibits on both Lee and her childhood friend Truman Capote, and pick up a souvenir in the gift shop.

Johnny Cash Museum
Nashville, Tennessee

Housing the most comprehensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia in the world, this Music City museum is authorized by the musician’s estate and tells the story of Johnny Cash’s life, from his early letters to the last song he ever wrote.


Rowan Oak
Oxford, Mississippi

The home of writer William Faulkner is tucked into Bailey’s Woods just off Oxford’s main drag and is a destination for literature fans around the world. Property tours allow guests to roam the house and grounds freely, and an exhibit includes handmade books and drawings, along with maps of the author’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County.

Babyland General Hospital
Cleveland, Georgia

Those Cabbage Patch Kids you loved so much as a child were actually born in Georgia. Located on 650 acres in the North Georgia Mountains, Babyland General will delight visitors of all ages with hundreds of “little people” available for adoption, the chance to witness a live Cabbage Patch birth and parenting advice from Licensed Patch Nurses (LPNs) on hand.


Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Nags Head, North Carolina

Climb to the top of the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States at this Outer Banks landmark. Visitors can also learn about plants and animals found around the dunes by reading information panels along the 384-foot-long boardwalk, go sandboarding or set up a picnic with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. For places to stay in the Outer Banks, visit Seaside Vacations.

Oakland Cemetery
Atlanta, Georgia

Less than a mile from downtown Atlanta lies the secret sanctuary that is historic Oakland Cemetery. Founded in 1850, it is the final resting place of many of the city’s most noted citizens, including Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. Guided tours on weekends share the history, period gardens and art and architecture that make up this outdoor museum.

The Crescent Hotel Morgue, Top Landmarks in the South

The Crescent Hotel & Spa
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Originally opened in the late 1800s as a luxury resort in the Ozark mountains, The Crescent was later used as a hospital by an untrained inventor turned doctor who stored cadavers in the morgue (pictured). Today, it’s known as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” with several resident ghosts making appearances on regularly scheduled ghost tours.

Fort Sumter
Charleston, South Carolina

History buffs will want to see where the Civil War began on April 12, 1861. Confederate artillery opened fire on this federal fort in Charleston Harbor, and Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Tour boats from Charleston take visitors to the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, and sunset tours are now available from March through October.

Photo credits, from top: Oak Alley courtesy of Oak Alley Plantation, Old Monroe County Courthouse and Rowan Oak by Deep South, Jockey’s Ridge by daveynin from Flickr Creative Commons, and The Crescent morgue courtesy of The Crescent Hotel & Spa. 

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  • Alexis Anne Taylor / December 9, 2019


    Sincerely, Alexis Anne Taylor
    Union City Middle School student

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  • DAVID SUMMERLIN / March 9, 2020

    my goodness folks~!! what on this earth has DISNEY got to do with the SOUTH???……and for god’s sake, especially these landmark’s and the DEEP SOUTH*** i was born and raised “in the land of cotton”(mama’s maiden name) my grandpa RAY COTTON, has a major river bridge, named after him, and he raised his family of 12, on RAY COTTON ROAD, BAKER, FLA.!!(aka; lower alabama) i’ll have to say, me & a few others(facebook group of 3,187 frynds) don’t wholeheartedly agree with all of these landmarks,six of the ten, are killer choises and the other four leave a bit to be desired?? butt, for real, ask yourself why DISNEY is where it is?…..and how much they paid for that SWAMPLAND??……do a little research*****thanks DAVID

    • Gaby Rosario, a middle school student / January 20, 2022

      I agree that Walt Disney World is not a landmark, because it is a theme park. However, it is as much in the South as Lower Alabama. In fact, it is in the most southern state in the USA. Also, please mind your use of all caps, and your spelling and grammar errors (“frynds,” misuse of ‘butt’, “choises”, “landmark’s”, and more). It’s cool that your grandpa has a road and bridge named after him, but there’s no need to be rude, David. Also, you imply that Florida isn’t in the South? Check a map, and “do a little research” yourself.
      -Gaby Rosario, a seventh-grader from Florida

  • Jocelynn / April 28, 2020

    Ok we need Walt Disney LIKE SERIOUSLY PEOPLE

  • Jess / August 27, 2020

    Guys. Walt Disney IS NOT a landmark. It’s a THEME PARK, not landmark. You guys think Walt Disney is a landmark but it isn’t. If it was then the Disney in Florida would be a landmark. Please do research before you say that Disney need to be up there, it’s not up there for a reason.


    Thank you, Jess

  • shelby / September 2, 2020

    Okay but were can you find them with a landmark:(

  • lily / October 21, 2021

    Disney is a landmark!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Lily elementary student

  • saveecoupons / February 2, 2022

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