18 Southern Places To Visit Before You Die

The South is full of beautiful sights, eclectic people, and oh-so-delicious food. While it was hard to narrow down the choices, we've put together a list of 18 iconic places – one in each Southern state – that should top your road trip bucket list.


18 Southern Places To Visit Before You Die

1. Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City
Williamsburg, Virginia
Watch history come to life with interactive tours and an epic battle reenactment.

2. State Fair Of Texas
Dallas, Texas
This celebration of food, culture, agriculture, and art is a shining example of ‘Everything’s bigger in Texas.’

3. The Florida Keys
At the Southern-most point in the U.S. you can dive for lobster dive and devour Key Lime Pie.

4. New River Gorge National River
Southern West Virginia
The New River flows through deep canyons and offers some of the best whitewater for rafting, tubing, and canoeing.

5. Graceland
Memphis, Tennessee
The King’s former home, Graceland has Elvis’ classic Pink Cadillac, collection of motorcycles, and decadent Vegas jumpsuits.

6. Centennial Olympic Park
Atlanta, Georgia
Built for the 1996 Games, this park features an Olympic ring fountain with synchronized jets and music alongside international flags.

7. Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Baltimore, Maryland
This historic baseball facility offers an old-time feel and lots of fun.

8. DuPont Mansions
Wilmington, Delaware
Considered “Chateau Country,” DuPont Mansions provides a glimpse into an old world of splendor and grandeur.

9. U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Huntsville, Alabama
See an authentic Saturn V rocket up close – one of only three in the world.

10. Churchill Downs
Louisville, Kentucky
At the home of the world famous Kentucky Derby, learn about the history of racing and have your photo taken in the Winner’s Circle.

11. Biltmore Estate
Asheville, North Carolina
Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II, this historic mansion is the largest privately owned home in the U.S. with 250 rooms.

12. Historic Downtown Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina
Be sure to stop in at the historic City Market, where you can find handcrafted items like woven sweetgrass baskets.

13. French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
In the oldest neighborhood in NOLA, culture, history, and entertainment come together in the form of galleries, museums, bars, and Bourbon Street.

14. Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Take a car tour through the site of the Battle of Vicksburg, where over 1300 monuments and plaques are on display.

15. Gateway Arch
St. Louis, Missouri
Standing at an impressive 630 feet, the Gateway Arch holds the record as the nation’s tallest man-made arch.

16. Woolaroc Museum and Nature Preserve
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
This 3700-acre wildlife preserve has more than 30 varieties of animals including American Bison, elk, and longhorn cattle.  

17. Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs, Arkansas
These medicinal, thermal waters that have attracted visitors since the 1800s.

18. The White House
Washington, D.C.
Tour the nation’s most famous residence and see antique furniture used by past presidents, stunning portraits, and the Oval Office.

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