I just stumbled upon this great article on huffingtonpost.com who asked themselves "If you could only tell a visitor to do ONE thing in your whole state, what would it be?”. Between themselves, trusted friends and a bunch of Huffington Post editors they have created the ultimate American travel guide – and here is what they listed for our Deep South States:
Go to space camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Aspiring astronauts ages 9 to 99 go to Huntsville for a chance to sleep in bunks, spin in the Multi-Axis Trainer and handle a crisis on simulated intergalactic missions.
Eat at the Olde Pink House in Savannah. This refined Southern restaurant has played many roles as a residence, a bank and an army headquarters-- this is something James Habersham, the home's original owner, is apparently not happy about. Patrons have reportedly seen Mr. Habersham's ghost hanging around the bar... so take your spiked raspberry lemonade to go and walk along the Savannah River outside.
Recommended by Kate Palmer, Huffington Post national editor
Go to the French Quarter Festival. New Orleans's classic neighbourhood hits its prime during this free three-day music festival every spring. It's also the best way to fit every local delicacy into your stomach at once: restaurants sell little sample-size plates at the "world's largest jazz brunch."
Listen to blues at The Lyric in Oxford. When you need -- if you need -- a break from the beer bars and battle cries of the Ole Miss students in Oxford, hide out in this movie-theater-turned-concert-hall. It first served as a stable for William Faulkner's family.
Recommended by Kate Auletta, senior editor of Huffington Post Travel
Spend a day in Dollywood. It's the most awesomely kitschy and fabulously delicious experience in all of Tennessee. The park, in Pigeon Forge, is run in a partnership between the great Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. Think food, waterslides and all things Dolly.
Recommended by Ashley McAdams, content director of Huffington Post Lifestyle & Local
They admitted that they will never be able to capture each state's huge array of awesomeness in a single post….but this bucket list might be a good place to start. Do you agree or would you include somewhere different?