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Guide to Luxury Holidays in Deep South

The birthplace of rock 'n' roll and jazz, America's Deep South is a soulful place and is effortlessly charming. You’ll find modern cities and quaint colonial towns bustling with museums and galleries and National Parks featuring canyons, vast stretches of forest, mountains and rivers. On a luxury Deep South holiday, you’ll experience Southern hospitality at its finest.

Nashville is known as Music City as this is where American country and western genres were born. Unsurprisingly, Nashville glitters with the neon hues of countless live-music venues, like the Grand Ole Opry, and there are many museums dedicated to legendary musicians such as Johnny Cash. Other city highlights include a stunning recreation of the Greek Parthenon and nearby National Parks.

Head south to New Orleans, where you’ll discover a happin’ live-music and nightlife scene. The local cuisine reflects the melting pot of the city’s cultures with Caribbean, French and Spanish influences. You can also explore colourful Creole architecture and historical plantations or take a swamp tour via an airboat and cruise the magnificent Mississippi River.

Travel southeast to Atlanta, Georgia’s capital city, where you'll find a thriving modern city with skyscrapers towering over green spaces. This city has over 300 parks and gardens. You can visit world-class museums and art galleries or local theme parks to try thrilling futuristic roller coasters.

For the ultimate shopping experience, head to Lenox Square Mall. With more than 200 exclusive stores spread across two floors, you’ll find plenty here to satisfy any shopping addiction including renowned designers like Louis Vuitton, Cartier and David Yurman.

Covering such a large area the weather varies throughout the Deep South. Generally speaking, spring and autumn are ideal seasons to explore the Deep South as daytime temperatures hover around 20 degrees Celsius. Summer brings a heatwave with highs above 30 degrees Celsius, perfect for trips to Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head Island.

In winter, temperatures hang around 10 degrees Celsius, and typically there's more rainfall and occasional snow. America loves to celebrate Christmas so you’ll also find elaborate Christmas decorations bringing warmth and magic.

As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you at all times and to keep a photocopy of your passport. British citizens need a Visa Waiver Programme or a visa to enter the USA. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.

On a luxury holiday to the Deep South, you can expect fine-dining and Southern hospitality. Begin your morning with an all-American breakfast featuring fresh fluffy pancakes and homemade waffles. In the evening, sample freshly caught seafood, like scallops and seared salmon, or prime meats like filet mignon or smoked barbecue ribs.

Try the cuisine of the Deep South and enjoy classic dishes like popcorn shrimp and jambalaya. Savour sweet desserts such as pecan pie and unwind with southern wines. Make sure to sample Jack Daniels and Tennessee whiskey.

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