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Deep South, USA Holidays

Sit on the veranda of a grand antebellum mansion, watching the sun set behind an oak tree dripping with Spanish moss. Visit the home of jazz or the Grand Ole Opry. Lie back on a beach. See where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired. Hang out at the world's largest aquarium. Or enjoy a plate of shrimp and grits. All these things and more are on the menu during Deep South holidays.

Music is in the very soul of the South, and three of its cities come loaded with musical associations. Memphis is the home of the Blues and some legendary recording studios, while famous Beale Street jumps to the sound of live music. New Orleans' equivalent is the wall-to-wall Jazz and Blues clubs of Bourbon Street, but the Big Easy also does Zydeco and Cajun. And what's left to say about Nashville, America's 'Music City', where Country is king?

If it's history you're after, holidays to the South are awash with the story of America, and there's plenty of Civil War battlefields, grand plantation houses and significant Civil Rights sites to visit. Some of the towns and cities have fantastic preserved Historic Districts too, where you can wander the cobblestone streets gazing at magnificent 18th- and 19th-century architecture, and soaking up the atmosphere. Savannah, Charleston and Louisville are all steeped in the past.

But the South is also about the future, and Atlanta's gleaming skyscrapers sit alongside modern wonders like the vast aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola - although what's always traditional in the Deep South is the welcome. It's the same wherever you go in this region, and it's just about as warm as a summer night in Georgia.

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    Music

    Stax Museum of American Soul MusicBesides listening to fantastic live music, there's some significant places to visit. Memphis has Elvis' home Graceland; Sun Studio, where he and a host of other stars recorded; and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. New Orleans has the jazz purists' shrine of Preservation Hall. And Nashville has the Grand Ole Opry; the Country Music Hall of Fame; and RCA Studio B, where the likes of Dolly Parton recorded.

    History

    The stunning Historic Districts of Charleston and Savannah are packed with gorgeous buildings, which you can explore both inside and out for a taste of the Old South. Plus there's grand plantations to visit across the region, complete with mansion houses and slave quarters; and Civil War sites like Charleston's Fort Sumter, as well as a slice of Atlanta's history at the city's fascinating History Centre.

    Civil Rights

    Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta's 'Sweet Auburn', and you can see the house where he lived, the church where he preached, and his final resting place. Memphis is where he was assassinated, and the motel where it happened is now a moving museum exploring The history of the civil rights movement.

    Festivals

    The South likes a good party, and while Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the stuff of legend, the two-weeks in Louisville leading up to the Kentucky Derby can be just as riotous. Most Southern cities have calendars packed with festivals, and you certainly shouldn't miss St Patrick's Day in Savannah on 17 March.

    Food

    Take your pick from fried chicken, barbecued ribs, jambalaya, catfish and hushpuppies, or a Po-Boy sandwich. Fancy something sweet? Try a beignet or pecan pie. Then wash it all down with an Atlanta Coca-Cola, or a Louisville bourbon. Welcome to delicious Southern cooking!

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    Our Top Hotels in the Deep South

    Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

    Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

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    Whether you're visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras, Jazz music or Sugar Bowl college football, guests of the Wyndham New Orleans – French Quarter hotel meet a relaxing getaway.

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    Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

    Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

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    Enjoy timeless elegance and southern refinement at this genuine Bourbon Street establishment with its traditional gabled windows, French doors and wrought-iron lace balconies.

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    The Inn at Opryland

    The Inn at Opryland

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    This hotel brings you all the excitement of Music City while offering a comfortable, inviting place to recharge located Music Valley Drive next to Gaylord Opryland Resort and the Grand Ole Opry®.

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    Holiday Inn Savannah Historic District

    Holiday Inn Savannah Historic District

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    Located at the corner of Bay Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd just one block from Savannahs famous River Street, the City Market, and adjacent to the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.

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    Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel

    Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel

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    A tribute to Rock and Roll royalty, this charming hotel blends all the flair from Elvis' heyday with the modern comforts of today. It boasts a heart- shaped pool and a happening cocktail lounge.

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    Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks

    Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks

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    Enjoy the hotel's unique view of the ocean, and location just minutes from the best shopping, dining and attractions on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

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    Fly Drive Holiday: North Carolina's Mountains and Coasts

    Raleigh-Durham – Boone – Asheville – Charlotte – Wilmington Area - Havelock – Outer Banks

    This wonderful self-drive itinerary takes you on a complete North Carolina discovery experiencing all the remarkable contrasts that this fascinating State has to offer, from the breath-taking vistas of the Blue Ridge Parkway over the Smoky Mountains, to the dramatic windswept shoreline of North Carolina’s Outer Banks with its eventful history, seaside towns, and pirate tales. This is just a suggested itinerary to whet your appetite. You can tailor-make any aspect of your trip to make your dream holiday a reality!
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    Fly Drive Holiday: Scenic Roads of the South

    Atlanta – Savannah - Charleston – Asheville – Nashville - Memphis – Little Rock – Springfield – St Louis

    Travel from Atlanta to St Louis on this essential Southern itinerary taking in some world famous and some less-famous gems of the coast, mountains, plains and mid-west. Your journey takes you to the grand dames of the South, Savannah and Charleston before heading inland up into the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. From here, you’ll drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to country music capital Nashville and blues capital Memphis. Next, it’s across to cosmopolitan state capital Little Rock, where a visit to the replica Oval Office is a must-see at the Clinton Presidential Center. Then travel via Route 66 from Springfield Missouri to St Louis when your journey of discovery ends.
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    Fly Drive Holiday: The Sounds and Sights of Tennessee

    Memphis – Nashville – Knoxville – Smoky Mountains – Asheville – Chattanooga – Atlanta

    Our suggested fly drive itinerary offers the perfect mix of Tennessee’s iconic music heritage, historic attractions, outdoor adventure and relaxation. Memphis is your first port of call, where you can see Elvis’s stomping grounds before moving on to the country music capital that is Nashville, the perfect place to hone your guitar skills. Travel on to Knoxville, where you can experience the old charms of the South blended with modern city living. Journey on, through the majestic grandeur of the Smoky Mountains where outdoor pursuits await, then finally, your Tennessee trip finishes in the scenic town of Chattanooga set on the Tennessee River.
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    Fly Drive Holiday: Islands & Beaches of the South

    Raleigh/Durham – Cape Hatteras – Myrtle Beach – Charleston – Savannah – Atlanta

    This wonderful fly drive suggestion takes you on a southern discovery of the South’s historical cities and dramatic windswept shorelines, ranging from the from the rocky coastline of the Outer Banks, to the hidden islands and the tropical climes of South Carolina and the laidback southern charms of Savannah. This is one fly drive holiday not to be missed!
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    Twin Centre Holiday

    New Orleans - Panama City Beach

    Discover New Orleans with its famous French Quarter boasting colonial architecture and intimate courtyards, colourful history, outrageous partying and sumptuous cuisine. The birth place of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, is an ideal destination for any Jazz fan. Travel on to Panama City Beach to take advantage of 27 miles of stunning white sand, emerald green waters and guaranteed enjoyment in or under the water. With many events to choose, from the famous Seabreeze Jazz Festival to the New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park, there's always something to see and do in Panama City Beach.
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    Don’t forget your ESTA
    If you are travelling to the USA, the US authorities have imposed a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Passengers who have not applied for and received travel authorisation via ESTA prior to travel may be denied boarding of the aircraft or be denied admission at the US entry destination. However, neither possession of a visa, nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visa-free on the VWP, guarantees admission to the United States. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the port of entry.

    How do I apply for ESTA? 
    There is an application form online which is available at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Prior to travel, you will need to visit this website and fill in the online application.

    When should I apply for my travel authorisation?
    If you intend to travel to America, you must apply for entry via ESTA at least a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel.

    How long is the travel authorisation valid for?
    Your ESTA will be valid for up to two years, or until your passport expires. It is also valid for multiple entries to America. However you must amend any necessary data, such as date of travel and your address whilst in the US.

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