The U.S. Southeast is known for many things — hospitality, the Southern culture, a fantastic farm-to-table dining scene and a wealth of history. Some cities, however, wear Southern pride better than others. Whether you’re looking to drink in the bourbon-flavored taste of the South or explore some of the most haunted historic spots in the country or even just meet some friendly faces while trying to dodge the humidity, these are the top five cities in the Southeast you have to visit.
No one captures the class and heritage of the Antebellum South more than Charleston. Steeped in history and haunts, the destination mixes the grandiose with the grisly quite well. Enjoy the beautiful downtown, picturesque shoreline and luxury amenities.
Nestled in the mountains, Asheville has a quaint and winning culture that’s hard to match. A city that’s not as big as some of the others on this list, it’s on the up, providing many of the little touches travelers desire when visiting the South, from its farm-fresh cuisine to its abundance of natural attractions, its music scene to the shopping.
Nashville continues to attract new visitors, particularly millennials. The music and food scenes are great for fun, but the city has a serious side as well, with an impressive entrepreneurial and start-up culture. The shopping options are filled with artisanal and locally sourced products.
The birthplace of bourbon, Kentucky embraces its heritage whole-heartedly, with more and more offerings catering to those in search of the state’s spirited past. Beyond the drinks, you’ll find rolling bluegrass hills, horse farms and unique culinary creations you simply won’t find anywhere else.
The state’s oldest city, Savannah boasts an almost endless amount of historical spots, plus an equally spooky past. The green spaces provide a traditionally Southern aesthetic and the food ranges from upscale to down-home.
New York museums cost a premium with museums like the Modern Museum of Art (MoMa) running $25 per person. Most museums offer occasional free hours once a month, which also draws intense crowds.
Oaxaca is, without a doubt, a city so impressive one must experience it firsthand to understand its splendor. It is an incomparable place that will leave you in awe of its cultural wealth, a place that invites you to experience the extraordinary. In this light, Posadas celebrates the opening of Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, an irresistible option for enjoying this magnificent state in an exclusive and fascinating way.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Don’t just pick any safari experience. Make your travel do a little good in the world by choosing a safari experience that benefits the local economy and community. The 11-day Zimbabwe Water for Hwange Conservation Safari by Wildland Adventures is a good choice.