Southern USA travel guide

Where to go, what to see: your Southern USA travel guide

Why visit Southern USA?

The Deep South is a place packed with history, culture, variety and tradition. From the beaches of Florida to the jazz-filled New Orleans streets, the birthplace of country music – Nashville and Memphis – to the Mountains of West Virginia and the horse ranches of Texas, you can experience life of a different style in every southern destination. 

Visit plantations and stately mansions where the spirit of the old South lives on. The unique architecture and the pre-Civil War period can be seen everywhere, but are especially prominent in the Deep South’s Natchez in Mississippi, New Orleans in Louisiana, Beaufort in South Carolina and Savannah in Georgia. Experience an educational journey of the South’s historic trails from the remarkable plains of Gettysburg to the home of Thomas Jefferson in Lexington, Virginia. Their stories are well preserved and the pride of the South is reflected in hundreds of southern monuments. Enjoy Antebellum mansions, cobblestone streets and low-country cuisine in charming Charleston in South Carolina.

Avenue of moss-draped live oaks in Savannah

Louisiana’s French Quarter and its bustling Bourbon Street, with its live jazz and Mardi Gras celebrations, gives a classic image of southern tradition. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the South here! Tour a whiskey distillery and see how it’s done ‘bourbon-style.’ Get glimpses of the horses and learn about the world-famous Kentucky Derby. Have lunch at the Jekyll Island Club, the winter home of the Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Morgan families. And since the South is such a place of music, see Graceland in Memphis, the Elvis Presley mansion and gardens. In Nashville, experience the Country Music Hall of Fame and the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, a mecca for country musicians since 1925.

Weather and climate in Southern USA

When is the best time to visit Southern USA?

Dixieland is characterised by long, humid days in the summer months (June to August) and mild weather in the winter months (December to February). You can visit all year round, although one of the best times to travel is spring, when the skies are clear and fresh, but the humidity hasn’t set in yet. On St Patrick’s Day (17 March), Savannah hosts one of the biggest parties in the USA with parades, street parties and bands, with the central fountain in St Forsyth’s Square being turned green.

The southern United States is notoriously humid. The moisture content will cause warm temperatures to feel warmer and cooler temperatures to feel colder. Humidity also has a tendency to produce a ‘sticky’ sensation on your skin. When travelling to coastal cities, an ocean breeze may persist. We recommend checking local weather in each of your destinations prior to travelling to ensure you are adequately prepared for the conditions.

To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for Southern United States.


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