A Road Trip Through The South: 4 Must-Visit Cities
As a popular HBO show once said, “Winter is coming.” For those citizens in the northern part of the country, winter brings a host of terrible, inclement weather. Bad weather further brings tumultuous road conditions and that takes away our human desire to hit the road.
But for those looking to get away this winter or planning a trip this spring, then you must follow the birds and head down South. Whether you’re renting a car or making the trek from wherever you live, here are four cities you don’t want to miss on your Southern road trip.
When you’re talking about the South, all conversation must start with the largest of the Southern states, Texas. The Lone Star State is very much its own entity. Texas is approximately five times the size of Florida and second only to Alaska in terms of sheer size. It’s Southern, but it also has a ton of western influence that has added another wonderful element for travelers.
There are plenty of unique places to visit in the Longhorn State, but we’re going to focus on Dallas, the hub of northern Texas. For sports fans, the premier destination to check out is AT&T Stadium. Completed in 2009, this billion-dollar stadium plays host to America’s team and other mega-events.
There’s also a ton of history in the city, most notably the downtown Dallas area of the JFK assassination. Take a ride through Grassy Knoll and the JFK Memorial to reimagine one of the most memorable events in U.S. history.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Now, we begin the trek down to the Deep South. While passing through Houston, check out the NASA Space Center, which is great for kids and adults alike. Despite being adjacent to Texas, Louisiana is a whole other world. Heavily influenced by French settlers, New Orleans’ claim to fame is Mardi Gras, an annual event that centers around food and partying. Just like Texas lays claim to barbeque, you can’t leave New Orleans without trying world-famous gumbo and jambalaya. Dogs love the food as much as their owners in pet-friendly New Orleans, particularly beagles. And in the South, small portions are never a problem, so come with an empty stomach.
Plus, this season make an attempt to check out the most highly touted NBA prospect in years in Zion Williamson as he suits up for his rookie season with the Pelicans. And of course, you don’t want to miss a Saints game in one of the loudest venues in all of sports: the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
If you’re looking to take it slow, visit the World War II Museum, rated by TripAdvisor as the second-best tourist destination in the U.S. and the most comprehensive museum on the greatest war in the world.
Drive through Civil War sights on your way to the capital of country music, Nashville. Here, you can find live music on virtually every street corner, giving the city a lively, upbeat vibe 24 hours a day. Don’t forget to take a stroll along the Music City Walk of Fame, Nashville’s equivalent to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
If music isn’t your thing, check out Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Hockey is in the midst of a boom in popularity in the city due to the team’s recent success, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2017.
A heads up for golfers: Nashville plays host to Gaylord Springs Golf Links, one of the most recommended courses in the nation. It offers a lovely, quaint Southern charm with fantastic surface quality perfect to play the game with your latest golf clothing.
Charleston, South Carolina
Once you’re done soaking up all that Smashville has to offer, hit the road again to find yourself in golfer’s paradise: Charleston. On the way, make a pit stop in Asheville, one of the most underrated tourist destinations in the country located in North Carolina’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.
Once you find your way to Charleston, the options for golf enthusiasts are endless. Arguably the state that boasts more premier country clubs than any other in the country, South Carolina offers one of the most challenging courses a player could ask for, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. If you’re just playing for fun, try Wild Dunes, a 36-hole course surrounded by Southern mansions.
As with the other cities on this list, there are several historical sites to check out, such as local plantations and WWII memorials. If you want to take it slow, try a stroll along the Joe Riley Waterfront Park with mesmerizing views of the Atlantic coast.
Although this is a fantastic collection of four cities in the South, you really can’t go wrong with any major Southern city as almost all of them are full of interesting people, unique cultures and cuisines and, of course, famous Southern hospitality.