A trip through the southern part of the US is an experience like no other. You will feel welcomed from the start by the open culture of this diverse region. Here are three places to put at the top of your bucket list when planning a trip to the South.

Destin, Florida

While most people picture comfort food, welcoming hospitality, Civil War battlefields, and stately plantations when they think of the South, the area is also known for its stunning beaches. Destin, Florida is a family-friendly beach destination that Southerners flock to in droves because of its easy accessibility and convenience. Destin is a part of the Emerald Coast, which features many fun attractions for any vacationer. In addition to simply soaking up the sun, visitors can engage in a myriad of water recreational activities, hit up the Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park or visit the popular Gulf World Marine Park.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is one of America’s most magical cities. Although the Crescent City is known for the wild season of Mardi Gras or the nightly parties along the famed Bourbon Street, New Orleans also boasts a host of historical and cultural sites. Its unique mix of Cajun and Creole cultures lead to fantastic food options, including authentic gumbo, crawfish, po’ boys and beignets. The iconic St. Louis Cemetery, the informative World War II Museum, and the charming French Quarter and Jackson Square also deserve a spot on your travel itinerary.

Austin, Texas

One visit to Austin and you will understand the cultural embrace of its motto, “Keep Austin Weird.” As the self-described “Live Music Capital of the World,” this vibrant city always has a show to catch. Do not miss your chance to take in some of the unique offerings of Austin, including the Museum of the Weird, bat watching at Congress Bridge and swimming in Barton Springs Pool. The city also boasts the largest assortment of mobile food trucks, as well as a mouthwatering array of local Mexican and BBQ food options. An exploding craft beer scene is the icing on the cake of a trip to this friendly city.

The South has so much more to offer its visitors than its quaint and gracious hospitality. Now is the perfect time to dive in and explore all that this diverse area of the country has to provide to its visitors.

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