The Culture of The Deep South
Deep South USA has a distinctly American culture that, it is often said, is more a state of mind than a place. One of the best reasons to visit Deep South USA is to experience this distinctive culture which is so intimately linked with the history, the land and the Southern experience.
The Best of Deep South Culture.
Our pick of the best that the Deep South has to offer culture-vultures:
Mississippi Arts & Crafts - Ridgeland, Merigold, Tupelo, and Greenwood are just bursting with galleries and artist studios.
Take the Bourbon Line - A tour centred around Kentucky's beloved Bourbon: a heady mixture of distilleries and bars.
New Orleans' French Quarter - This French colonial neighbourhood is also known as The Big Easy: best know for its Mardi Gras, its Creole culture can be seen, heard, and tasted!
Monroeville, Alabama - A must-visit place for literary buffs: hometown to the iconic authors Harper Lee, Truman Capote, and Mark Childress.
Culture in Mississippi
Mississippi is known for its celebration of Southern literature. Authors like John Grisham and Willie Morris were inspired by Mississippi's unique people and places, but it's most celebrated resident is Nobel Prize-winner William Faulkner whose home in Oxford, Rowan Oak, is open to the public. In recent years, Hollywood has discovered a wealth of scenic and cultural resources in Mississippi that shine on the silver screen in movies such as O Brother, Where Art Thou, A Time to Kill and the Oscar-winning The Help filmed on location in Jackson and Greenwood.
Culture in Tennessee
In East Tennessee, settlers worked hard and created ballads from the heart. Today, visitors are welcome to tour restored homesteads and listen for the echoes of fiddles and dulcimers ringing through the valleys. Rolling green hills, beautiful horse farms, world-renowned distilleries like George Dickel or Jack Daniels and a mecca for music make up the region of middle Tennessee where Nashville is the capital city. In West Tennesee, Davy Crockett lost a Congressional election and left for the Alamo and W.C.Handy forever changed the sound of Beale Street and the blues.
Culture in Alabama
A land of history, culture and scenery, Alabama's antebellum mansions, Civil War and civil rights conflicts exist alongside oak trees draped in Spanish moss, sun-drenched beaches and the music of America. Around the world people have heard the hit song Sweet Home Alabama. The state's music heritage includes lengendary artists and Mardi Gras bands. We sing gospel in our churches and dance to blues, country and jazz in our bars. We dish up meals of mouth-watering barbecue and fresh-from-the-gulf seafood from our own fishing village, Bayou La Batre.
Culture in Kentucky
From its Appalachian mountain heritage and original Bluegrass music to its historic Shaker and contemporary Amish communities, you'll find a rich and diverse cultural experience wherever you travel in Kentucky. Visit a range of the country's finest museums in Louisville, manicured horse farms in Shelbyville, great music clubs and bars in Lexington, the thriving fibre arts community in Paducah, the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park and miles of pristine shoreline at Land Between The Lakes.
Culture in Louisiana
Louisiana life is a melange of cultures, arrived and mixed through the lively port of New Orleans, and colouring the state to create their very own mosaic of Louisiana's food, music, language and crazy, fun traditions that cannot be experienced anywhere else. Passion is Louisiana's middle name and no other state celebrates life the way Louisianans do. Laissez le bon temps rouler - Let the good times roll!