Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, Deep South, USA

Deep South

The homeland of the formidable historical figures Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks, as well as musical prodigies Louis Armstrong and Elvis, the Deep South is a cultural melting pot deserving of plentiful exploration.

Lasting plantations and antebellum homes from the abominable and infamous period of the slave trade still exist as symbols of pre-Civil War America, while towns like Gainesville in Alabama perform annual Civil War re-enactments in mid-March. A territory known for its mouth-watering soul food, like the Mississippi mud pie, bourbon-spiked pecan pie and the beloved lane cake, it is foodie’s reverie.

Whilst the Deep South of the USA is rightly synonymous with wildlife-dense swamplands, deep-fried delicacies and exhilarating cities like New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis, it is also a region that features a staggering landscape of fields and valleys, and whose widely spiritual population uphold good manners and heartfelt respect for nature as part of their rooted slow living philosophy.

Vintage Mustang, Deep South, USA
USA

Deep South Road Trip by Mustang

Embark on a world-class road trip in a vintage Ford Mustang, navigating between some of the most significant musical and cultural sites in all of the USA and stopping over in the big cities of Nashville, New Orleans and Memphis and the quaint townships of Saint Francisville and Muscle Shoals.

13 days

from £6,210 pp

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Music, banjo, deep south, Nashville, USA
Nashville, USA

Historical, Musical & Literary Greats

Despite undoubtedly incorporating the states of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, the Deep South is more commonly defined as a cultural territory and not one dictated by state border boundaries. The musical nucleus of the United States, the Deep South packs a powerful punch as the purported source of genres like country, jazz, gospel, blues, soul and rock & roll. Along with its robust cultural and spiritual heritage, the region also boasts a withstanding literary legacy – famed novels like To Kill A Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Gone with the Wind are just a few works that double as commentaries of the Deep South.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Blackberry Mountain £££££

  • USA
  • Wilderness

A home away from home within the Great Smoky Mountains, the expansive and luxurious Blackberry Mountain estate reached completion in 2019. A base for exploration and a hub for wellness practises, the property is contemporary yet cosy, innovative yet traditional, and effortlessly charming. The estate features 18 opulent one-bedroom stone cottages, 6 ridge-top reclaimed wood cabins and 13 mountain-view houses and mansions, each offering privacy and majestic alpine views. The unique property-type comes with different amenities, which include wood-burning fireplaces, outdoor heated soaking tubs, porches, professional grills, coffee stations and stocked pantries.

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The Peabody Memphis £££££

  • USA
  • City

Peabody Memphis offers a magnificent bridge between this historical Blues City’s colourful and celebrated past and the present vibrant cosmopolitan city. Set half a mile from the iconic Beale Street, this landmark thirteen-story downtown hotel is known for its grand marble-columned lobby. Its 464 fully renovated rooms and suites are decorated with a mix of traditional and modern touches, soft neutral shades and elegant materials that are accented by commissioned wall art inspired by the landscapes of the Deep South.

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The Hermitage Hotel £££££

  • USA
  • City

One of the most iconic and the only five-star hotel in Nashville, this historic property also doubles as a cherished landmark that has hosted the likes of John F. Kennedy, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. An old-world blend of classical Italian and French Renaissance, the magnificent lobby boasts a painted glass skylight through which copious amounts of natural light can stream down on to the grand staircase, marble floors, columns, ornate chandeliers and luxurious fabrics. The hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar, as well as 122 elegantly decorated rooms and suites that blend traditional sophistication with modern elegance, boasting some of the most generous and comfortable living spaces in Nashville.

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Windsor Court Hotel £££££

  • USA
  • City

Nestled somewhere in between the world-renowned French Quarter and the Warehouse Arts District, the 316-room Windsor Court Hotel is a stone’s throw from live musicians, historic architecture, tantalising cuisine and cutting-edge museums. The property features a spectacular rooftop pool, a spa, a fitness centre and an outdoor lounge and deck area from which to absorb the cityscape during the golden hours just before sunset. Fine international and local cuisine is available in The Grill Room, while afternoon tea can be taken in Le Salon.

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Experiences

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Beignets and Coffee, New Orleans, Deep South, USA

Beignets at Cafe du Mond

Grab a plateful of New Orleans’ legendary beignets, deep fried nuggets of dough coated in layers of fluffy powdered sugar, and a hot cup of dark-roasted chicory coffee – we recommend that you visit this 24-hour establishment outside of busy hours so as to savour every mouthful in peace and quiet.

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Smoky Mountains, Route 441, Newfound Gap, Tennessee, USA

Hike the Smoky Mountains

Head in to the Great Smoky Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, for a day of hiking under its transcendent natural fog.

Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, Deep South, USA

Visit Graceland

Visit Graceland, Elvis’s private estate in Memphis, to peruse an exhibition of kitsch artefacts, see his collection of cars and private jets and taste his beloved fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

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French Quarter, New Orleans, Deep South, USA

Walk the French Quarter

Explore the celebrated French Quarter in New Orleans to absorb Louisiana’s strong Creole culture, stopping to listen to a busking brass band while sipping on an iced tea.

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Peaches, Georgia, Deep South, USA

Peaches, Peanuts and Pecans

Voyage around Georgia in search of the three P’s – peaches, pecans and peanuts – perhaps stopping in at one of the many acclaimed family restaurants to sample a scrumptious peach cobbler.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy has had many adventures throughout the USA, and has a passion for exploring the spectacular National Parks. Roxy’s tip is to invest in a private guides that take you off the grid, transforming your experience of these epic landscapes.

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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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