Celebrate at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis
Experience Graceland in Memphis in 2012 to enjoy the yearlong 35th anniversary celebration. Explore Graceland, see Elvis' unique collection of cars, step aboard his custom jets and check out three new exhibits opening in March 2012.
Louisiana Festivals named amongst best in USA with the following examples:
The French Quarter Festival is free and takes place in one of America's most cuturally significant neighbourhoods. Spending a warm spring day listening to live music on one of the 18 stages sounds like a winner!
Festival International de Louisiane is the largest francophone festival in the United States. Spending time in Cajun country, listening to Cajun bands and eating Cajun food at this festival is a must! And the best part? Admission is free!!
Mardi Gras 2012 – Fat Tuesday falls on February 21 this Carnival Season, but festivities officially begin on January 6 with the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day. Tradition states that Mardi Gras always falls 46 days before Easter Sunday, and with New Orleans being a predominately Catholic town, New Orleanians party to the max prior to the more somber, religious time of Lent. So put on your Mardi Gras beads, scope out the parade route, grab everything you own that is purple, green and gold and check out the Mardi Gras 101 guide to help you prepare for carnival!
Catch Blues & Boogie on Jazz FM every Saturday at 10am with David Freeman. Throughout January they look back over the last 3 years of Blues & Boogie shows and pick some favourite session tracks, plus there's a chance to win a trip for two on the Mississippi Blues Trail.
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Discover the USA's true heart and soul on Grand American Adventures NEW 12 day Deep South & Delta Blues tour, visiting Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. 10% discount available on January bookings, click here for further information.
TripAdvisor's Top 15 US Destinations on the rise for 2012
TripAdvisor, Inc, announced the top 15 US destinations on the rise for 2012, according to TripAdvisor travellers and editors. With the sweet sounds of Nashville, Tennessee topping the hit parade of hotspots at No.1 and the stunning Pigeon Forge, Tennessee coming in at No.3.
Romantic Weekend – Plan a getaway with your sweetie (Valentine's Day trip maybe?) to New Orleans, where you can stoll along the meandering Mississippi, cuddle up on a carriage ride or share a sumptuous meal together. More information...
Louisiana is the top state for film production – A new movie tour company has just opened in New Orleans with daily tours that can be booked online visit www.NoLaMovies.com for more information.
Celebrate the flavours of the South during 2012! This year Alabama is dishing up a hearty helping of 'The Year of Alabama Food'!
Start celebrating early this year with Mardi Gras in Mobile on the wonderful Gulf Coast. The streets of Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brightly coloured floats and parade goers. This month long celebration of food and music begins 21 January and is swiftly followed by the Orange Beach Seafood Festival on 25 February where the freshest seafood can be found along pure white sandy beaches.
With over 375 annual Alabama Food Festivals and events, you will never be far away from a welcome opportunity to sample local cuisine. See the new Year of Food website to help plan your trip and visit the top restaurants, farmers markets and food trails!
Tennessee Travel Tuesdays (T3) is the easy way to find the latest travel specials and deals in Tennessee. This month includes buy one night get your 2nd night free on the Chattanooga Choo Choo.