The South's Best Walking Tours 2021

Bonaventure Cemetery Tour Roads
Photo: Donald M Dunson, Side of the Creek Photography

Take to the sidewalks to explore the sights of the South. One of our favorite ways to explore a new place is with a walking tour. Led by knowledgeable guides armed with fun facts, fascinating stories, and lots of experience, these tours share new perspectives on spots we know and love. Whether it's a tour about country music in Nashville, architecture in New Orleans, or culture and commerce in Atlanta, there's one for every interest and everyone. Nature, history, art, architecture—the South's best walking tours both educate and entertain. There are also self-guided options for sightseers who like to move at their own pace. If your idea of a good tour is one that ends with a glass of wine, well, we've included one of those too.

(Some tours may be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check with locations and tour companies for updated information and safety guidelines.)

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Atlanta Preservation Center's Sweet Auburn Walking Tours

Atlanta Preservation Center’s Sweet Auburn Walking Tour - Historic WERD Radio Station
David Mitchell

Atlanta, Georgia

Explore this historic section of Georgia's capital city (including stops at key civil rights sites Ebenezer Baptist Church and Big Bethel A.M.E. Church) with a Sweet Auburn Walking Tour, hosted by the Atlanta Preservation Center.

atlantapreservationcenter.com, 404-688-3353, 327 St. Paul Avenue S, Atlanta, GA 30312-3129

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Bonaventure Cemetery Tours

Bonaventure Cemetery Tour Roads
Donald M Dunson, Side of the Creek Photography

Savannah, Georgia

Walks through Bonaventure Cemetery, a fixture in the city for more than 150 years, feature the sculptures and natural beauty of the area. Storytellers accompany groups through the grounds, which are shaded by moss-covered oaks.

bonaventurecemeterytours.com, 912-292-0960, 415 Bonaventure Road Suite B, Savannah, GA 31404

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Fredericksburg Walking Tours

Walking Tour of Fredericksburg's Historic District
Courtesy of Visit Fredericksburg TX / Facebook

Fredericksburg, Texas

Take a leisurely trip through the dynamic architecture of Fredericksburg with a self-guided exploration of the town's historic district, with more than 700 notable structures. The area is home to log cabins and stone houses dating back to the 19th century as well as Craftsman cottages from the early 20th century.

stayfredericksburg.com, 325-247-0098, 512 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-3130

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Historic Charleston Foundation Self-Guided Tours

Historic Charleston Foundation Tours
Amy-Marie Kay Photography

Charleston, South Carolina

See the Holy City with the help of the free Historic Charleston Foundation app. It has hundreds of locations with text descriptions and audio stops calling attention to destinations, architecture, and stories of preservation. It also highlights the history of women, African Americans, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community in the city.

historiccharleston.org, 843-723-1623, 40 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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The South's Best Walking Tours

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Lake Ouachita State Park Guided Tours

Lake Ouachita State Park Vista Trail Bicycle
Courtesy of Arkansas State Parks

Mountain Pine, Arkansas

Discover natural wonders and get your fill of fresh air with free guided hikes at Lake Ouachita State Park. (The 4-mile jaunt along the Caddo Bend Trail is a popular route.) To see the sights via the water, take advantage of the snorkeling programs or the picturesque kayaking and barge tours.

arkansasstateparks.com, 1-888-287-2757, 1 Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Montaluce Wine Hikes

Montaluce Wine Hike Tasting
Hannah Denson

Dahlonega, Georgia

Led by trained outdoor guides, the Montaluce Wine Hikes introduce visitors to this landscape by traversing the vineyards of Montaluce Winery & Restaurant and exploring the nearby trails along the Etowah River. Each excursion is followed by a celebratory wine tasting.

montaluce.com, 706-867-4060, 501 Hightower Church Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533

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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice Self-Guided Tours

National Memorial for Peace and Justice - Memorial Park
Equal Justice Initiative ∕ Human Pictures

Montgomery, Alabama

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery in 2018 as a space to remember victims of lynching in the United States. There are self-guided experiences of the site's art and sculpture installations, which examine history as well as contemporary issues.

museumandmemorial.eji.org, 334-386-9100, 417 Caroline Street, Montgomery, AL 36104

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New Orleans Architecture Tours

New Orleans Architecture Tours LaBranche
Katrina Horning

New Orleans, Louisiana

The partnership of these tours with the New Orleans Architecture Foundation allows guests to learn all about the distinct designs of NOLA landmarks and neighborhoods, including the French Quarter, Marigny, Garden District, Tremé, and St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

nolatours.com, 504-355-1213, Washington Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70175

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Walkin' Nashville

Walkin' Nashville - Ryman Auditorium
Courtesy of Bill DeMain

Nashville, Tennessee

Book a spot on the Walkin' Nashville Music City Legends Tour for an afternoon filled with country music history and little-known details about icons from the genre.

walkinnashville.com, 615-499-5159, 414 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219

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Worth Avenue Association Historic Walking Tours

Worth Avenue Association Historic Walking Tour Gate
Worth Avenue Association

Palm Beach, Florida

A guided stroll down Palm Beach's Worth Avenue reveals leafy courtyards and inviting shops along with stories about some former frequenters of the area, like President John F. Kennedy; Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco; and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

worth-avenue.com, 561-659-6909, Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480

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