Southern Charms: Travel Guide to the American South

By Andrew Harper Staff

The Harper Way | March 19, 2015

Cherokee culture, European settlements, revolutionary battlegrounds, heirloom recipes and antebellum architecture – the melting pot that is the South offers visitors gentile hospitality and a history as complex as its inhabitants.

Known for its uncompromising good manners, lilting accents, deep-rooted traditions, rich history and vibrant cultures, the South is a must-visit destination for foodies, history buffs and those with an eye for architecture. Staff at Alliance partner hotels and other in-the-know Southerners give their recommendations on what to see, what to do and what to eat to get a true taste of yesteryear and soak up some of that good ol’ Southern charm.

Charleston, South Carolina

With its candy-colored antebellum mansions, centuries-old buildings and restored plantations, Charleston’s three centuries of history are on display at every turn, making it a veritable living museum.

Click here to read our guide to Charleston, South Carolina.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Typical architecture of New Orleans' French Quarter.

With the highest number of historic districts in the country and more registered historic landmarks than any other city, the Big Easy is steeped in history.

Click here to read our guide to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Golden Isles, Georgia

Live oak landscape, St. Simons Island, Georgia.

The picturesque maritime forests, century-old oak trees and marshlands of the Golden Isles have been enticing visitors since 1592. Georgia’s Golden Isles are comprised of St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and the port city of Brunswick.

Click here to read our guide to the Golden Isles of Georgia.

Savannah, Georgia

Lafayette Square in Savannah, Georgia.

Since its foundation in 1733, Savannah has successfully woven together an intricate tapestry of colonial history and gentile hospitality. Now one of the country’s most popular vacation spots, Savannah has welcomed more than 50 million visitors in the last 10 years.

Click here to read our guide to Savannah, Georgia.

Richmond, Virginia

The Virginia State Capital in Richmond, Virginia.

More than 400 years of American history live on through magnificent architecture, monument lined cobblestone streets and world-class museums.

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The Smoky Mountains, Tennessee and North Carolinia

The Swag in Waynesville, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of The Swag © Jumping Rocks Inc.

The Smoky Mountains are renowned for their natural beauty, historic mountain culture and the resilience and self-sufficient Appalachian people.

Click here to read our guide to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.

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