The Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways is the perfect jumping-off point for an extraordinary Tennessee adventure. With names like Sunny Side, White Lightning, Nashville's Trace, Walking Tall and Pie In The Sky – each of the 16 self-guided driving trails captures the history, culture, adventure and spirit of the Tennessee experience. Choose to hike the Smokey Mountains, spend an afternoon at one of Tennessee's 53 state parks, visit the home of presidents, hear bluegrass music under the stars, shop for antiques and eat the best BBQ in America. Tennesse is an incredible place for new discoveries. More information...

St. Patrick's Guide iPhone App – A complete guide to the St. Patrick's Day season in Savannah. Interactive maps, bar and restaurant listings, parade-day details and more. Events are being updated daily, and extended listings for Bars & Restaurants are available. 

5 Must-See Music Festivals in New Orleans – Trade in those winter blues for some dancin' shoes and geat ready for a whole lot of live music. These festivals are sure to put a little spring in your step! 

French Quarter Festival, April 12–15 – Louisiana's largest free music festival! Listen to live music from one of the dozen stages set up around the French Quarter. More information...

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 27–May 6 – New Orleans is hosting musicians from every genre for the two-weekend, seven day long festival this spring including Bon Iver, Foo Fighters, Florence & The Machine and The Beach Boys. More information...

Essence Music Festival, July 6–8 – "Party with a purpose" at this star-studded celebration of African American music and culture in the Superdome. 

Satchmo Summerfest, August 2–5 – Louise "Satchmo" Armstrong is one of the New Orleans' favourite native sons (and there are many to pick from!). Each year, this weekend-long festival celebrates his life, legacy and music. More information...

Voodoo Music Experience, October 28–30 – Only the coolest take to the stage at this Halloween-themed festival in City Park, known for its blending of high-profile national artists such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers & 50 Cent, with local Louisiana musicians including The Original Meters & Dr. John.

Tennessee Commemorates Civil War 150th at Shiloh National Military Park – Tennessee's Shiloh Military Park, a masterpiece of Civil War interpretation and preservation, will hold the 150th commemoration of its strategic battle during a series of events taking place between March 29–April 8 including a signature event and grand illumination of the battlefield.

Birmingham is Alabama's largest city and as such is naturally home to some great restaurants and nightlife. It is also known for it's first class tourist attractions including the Civil Rights Institute which attracts visitors from around the world interested in learning about Alabama's role in the Civil Rights movement. The White House has just endorsed Birmingham's plans for a 50-year commemoration of the civil rights events of 1963 and will support 2013's yearlong celebration which will commemorate key civil rights events in cities across the South. More information...

Tour Operator of the Month – Grand Journeys offer totally tailormade holidays, be it a self-drive tour combining the classic music cities – New Orleans, Nashville & Memphis, a jaunt down the Mississippi, a lively city break or a river cruise, take a look and see what's on offer, be inspired then get in touch! Click here for further information and see their special offer to win 6 bottles of wine!

The world renowned Savannah Music Festival has added five more acts in nine individual productions to it's 2012 festival, which begins March 22nd and runs through until April 7th.

 Juke Joint Festival, April 12–15 – Visit the heart of the Mississippi Delta for a weekend of real blues at the 9th Annual Juke Joint Festival. More information...

This year Alabama is getting serious about food and have a great new website which puts the state's signature dished in the spotlight. Check out which gives more than the best venues for Southern-fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, banana pudding, smoked barbecue and Gulf-fresh seafood. It is also chock-full of information on food festivals, farmers markets, a map of food trail and a collection of "secret Alabama recipes".