10 Southern Destinations to Visit Before You Die

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From beaches to incredible music venues to historic landmarks, here are 10 places you absolutely need to visit in the South.

10. San Antonio River Walk – San Antonio, Texas

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The San Antonio River Walk is a walkway along the San Antonio River. The unique walkway is located downtown, one story lower than automobile streets. The river walk is lined with restaurants and shops and connects tourists to some other popular attractions including the Alamo and Museum of Art. If you’re lucky enough to visit in the spring, you may see the Fiesta San Antonio, an annual event that showcases flowery flats on the river.

9. Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville, North Carolina is the perfect weekend getaway. Known for its beautiful mountain views, outdoor adventures, and quaint downtown, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy activities including hiking, zip-lining and horseback riding during the day, and then explore downtown and cuddle up to watch the sunset behind the mountains at night.

8. Kentucky Derby – Louisville, Kentucky

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Pick out your favorite fancy hat and enjoy the incomparable atmosphere of the Kentucky Derby. The annual event, known as“The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports,” is a 140-year old tradition held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY.

7. Graceland – Memphis, Tennessee

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Visit Graceland in Memphis, TN to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n Roll. His 13.8 acre estate is located on Elvis Presley Boulevard (naturally) in Memphis, Tennessee. The tour of his mansion, in which Elvis lived from 1957 to 1977, offers guests an authentic look into the life of one of America’s most treasured musicians.

10. Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida

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Everyone needs to experience the magic of Walt Disney World before they die. Whether you’ve been to the popular tourist attraction before or not, you’re never too old to visit Disney World. As Walt Disney once said, “That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up.”

5. Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville has recently become one of the most popular destinations in the South. From the legendary Grand Ole Opry to a replica of The Parthenon, to the famous BBQ and hot chicken, to the nightlife and constant live music, there is something for everyone in Music City. If you venture outside the city limits, Nashville is surrounded by great destinations like the Arrington Vineyards and Franklin, Tennessee.

4. Savannah, Georgia

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Savannah, Georgia is known for its historic charm, as it was founded in 1733, and is the oldest city in Georgia. It also claims Tybee Island as “Savannah’s Beach”, and River Street lines the Savannah River with antique shops, boutiques, restaurants and breweries. Savannah is also considered the most haunted city in the United States so consider staying at a historic inn with a ghost story while in town.

3. Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston is also one of the most historic cities in the South. In fact, one of it’s most popular attractions “Rainbow Row” is a series of colorful, historic houses. Boone Hall Plantation is also a popular attraction and was featured in “The Notebook” as Allie’s family’s summer home. Spend time on the beach, take a carriage tour, and relax in one of the most beautiful cities in the South.

2. Mardi Gras – New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans is known for its extravagant Mardi Gras celebration with parades two weeks leading up to Mardi Gras. The city proudly calls the festivities the “Greatest Free Show on Earth!” Don’t you want to see the greatest free show on earth before you die?

1. The Florida Keys

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Whether you road trip across the South or just pick one destination, this list has to end with the most beautiful sunset, The Florida Keys. The five “keys” are comprised of Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West, the southernmost point of the Continental United States. Enjoy activities such as sightseeing, watersports, diving and shopping then wrap up your day with the famous sunset celebration at Mallory Square.

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