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Walk through time as you discover Cleveland’s historic downtown

Cleveland, in Tennessee, has a gorgeous, quaint Southern downtown. There are beautiful Victorian-era homes that mingle with churches to create an atmosphere of utmost in southern hospitality! The downtown walking tour allows you to personally experience Cleveland’s unique history. Historic sites along the tour include the Regions Bank, the oldest continuously operating bank building in Tennessee; The Spot, a unique restaurant that was built prior to 1900; plus St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, a Gothic Revival structure rich in local folklore.

You can pick up a copy of this self-guided tour brochure at the Chamber of Commerce offices and at the Museum Center...which is where the tour begins. Read more here...

There are also plenty of places to shoot your perfect Instagram picture in Cleveland, as they were voted one of the most scenic cities in Tennessee. There's natural beauty within the forest plus many outdoor activities, as well as some of the best wine and brewery spots in the state.

Cleveland is the perfect place to rest, refuel and reenergise while you enjoy Southeast Tennessee. If you're up for exciting adventure, compelling history and Southern charm Cleveland have you covered!

For more information on any of the above email tennessee@deep-south-usa.com.

 

Walking Tours in Mississippi

These boots aren’t made to stay in the car, they’re made for walking! Mississippi offers a wide range of quirky walking tours in most of its cities and towns, that are perfect for an hour or more’s worth of outdoor exploring at your own pace. Along the way, you’ll meet the friendliest people in the South and discover one-of-a-kind murals, unique local flavours and a treasure trove of Mississippi music, art, architecture and history. Oh, the places you'll go! 

Hattiesburg Public Art Trail

Hattiesburg launched a public art trail earlier this year, for you to be inspired by Hattiesburg’s public art scene...where creativity abounds. You can choose to walk it, bike it, or drive it, but be sure to share in the beauty of the public art trail, it will definitely add some vibrancy to your stay. The trail features a collection of murals, sculptures and paintings designed by artists both local and from across the nation.The Hattiesburg Public Art Trail is an ideal activity for families, friends and solo travellers.

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Historic Downtown Greenwood Walking Tour

Downtown Greenwood’s historic Howard Avenue has a little bit of everything to keep you busy; from historic landmarks to early 20th-century architecture you can take it all at your own pace as you follow their walking guide.

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Vicksburg Walking Tour

You can stroll through Vicksburg's historic districts and homes by booking a guided tour or using a free visitor’s guide. You can pick up a Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trails brochure and learn about the history of the properties throughout the downtown and historic district, or stroll through antebellum mansions on a guided Vicksburg Old Town Tour where you will see the scars of the War embedded in the walls and floors. The Vicksburg National Military Park also offers hiking and walking trails as well, or for the more physically demanding there's the Al Scheller Hiking Trail.

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Elvis Presley Birthplace

You can walk the trails that Elvis might have walked! More than 100,000 visitors from around the world tour the Elvis Presley Center each year which includes the Elvis Birthplace, the Elvis Presley Museum and Memorial Chapel and Elvis Presley Park. You will experience the first part of Elvis Presley's incredible story when you visit the birthplace where he took his first breath, the church where he sang his first song and the Tupelo Hardware Store where he strummed his first guitar.

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Downtown Jackson

Downtown Jackson is full of historic sites and beautiful scenery. There are cool historic restorations to exciting exhibits at a local museum, or tour the Governor's Mansion and stroll the Josh Halbert Gardens at City Hall. There are several walking tours in this capital city for you to explore at your own pace. 

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Stroll around Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis is home to colourful characters, fanciful buildings and an unquenchable community spirit. The original settlement was established in 1699 by the French explorers d’Iberville and Bienville. Bay St. Louis grew into a centre for arts, recreation and a bon vivant lifestyle. Visitors are frequently smitten after a short stay and most residents declare they’d live nowhere else on earth. Meander through the streets and absorb some authentic Southern character.

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For more information on any of the above email mississippi@deep-south-usa.com 

 

The Alabama Civil War Trail

The Alabama Civil War Trail is an absolute must for anyone with a keen interest in history or war (or both!); this 45 site trail is packed with historic intrigue. The Cotton State didn't suffer the extensive damage of states like Georgia – however, it was still very much a prominent state throughout the war.

Did you know?

  • Alabama was the birthplace of the Confederacy.
  • Montgomery, Alabama was the chosen provisional capital of the Confederate States of America.
  • It was in Alabama, in April 1861, that the order to commence hostilities originated.
  • In 1865, some of the last battles of the war were fought on Alabama soil.
  • Nearly two dozen of the Civil War battles are re-enacted each year in Alabama.

Alabama Civil War Trail

Credit: Alabama Tourism, Billy Pope 

Highlights Of The Trail

  • Alabama State Capitol - Jefferson Davis was sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America on 18th February, 1861. A star on the Capitol steps marks his historic inauguration.
  • Mobile Bay - The site of one of the major Civil War battles, but also a major strategic factor of the war through its railroads – crucial for shipping munitions, supplies and troops.
  • Historic Blakeley State Park - The site of the last major battle of the conflict. Now, you can enjoy over 10 miles of hiking paths, biking trails and campsites.
  • Confederate Memorial park – Located in Marbury, Alabama, relays the story of Confederate soldiers both during and after the war.
  • Historic Fort Gaines – Fort Gaines was a crucial site for the south during the Civil War. Its well-preserved ramparts have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years.
  • Selma - The Battle of Selma was part of the Union’s campaign known as Wilson’s raid toward the end of the conflict.

Alabama State Capitol

Credit: Ed Hall

For more information on any of the above email alabama@deep-south-usa.com

Alabama's Walking Tours

Here's a list of some walking tours with a difference on offer in Alabama. Something to quench your thirst, give you your art fix or whether you go for something spooky we've got you covered.

Huntsville Ghost Tour

The Huntsville Ghost Walk starts another chilling season early every September. All tours start at the Harrison Brothers Hardware Store and you choose one of three guided tours through the Twickenham District, the Old Town District or the Downtown District. You'll hear stories from Huntsville's haunted past and learn why the spirits still remain. These walking tours take place every Friday and Saturday in September and October.

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Downtown Huntsville Art Mural Walking Tour

This art mural walking tour around Huntsville tells the stories behind the artists as you learn the inspiration behind the most photographed murals of downtown. Hear little-known facts about these unforgettable art spaces as your tour guide shares narratives for over five art spaces in Downtown Huntsville and provide lots of photo opportunities. This walking tour is just under one mile and takes place Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays after 5pm plus weekends after 4pm.

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Jim's Beer Trail through Birmingham

If you're partial to a cold beer on holiday and like to try local brews, then this trail is for you. Travel along with your imaginary host, it's Jammin’ Jim, as you visit some of his favourite taprooms and watering holes. 

Good People Brewing Company
Located in Birmingham’s burgeoning Parkside District, Good People has some of the highest rated beers in the Southeast.

Avondale Brewing Company
Avondale Brewing is housed in an historic building in the heart of the entertainment district.  Stop for beers in the taproom and watch them craft delicious brews, while you also learn the story of the famous beer-swilling elephant, Miss Fancy.

Trim Tab Brewing Company
Voted among the country’s best breweries by Thrillist and Forbes, this small craft operation serves up big taste. The Tasting Gallery also serves as a music venue and an art gallery for local artists.

Cahaba Brewing Company
Jump into this spacious taproom named for the Cahaba River that flows nearby. This brewery is open 7-days a week for your thirst-quenching pleasure, with more than 26 taps available. This is one of Birmingham’s favourite gathering spots!

Ghost Train Brewing Company
Jim says there’s noting to fear..... blondes, ciders, hoppy, darks and more are on the menu at Ghost Train. If you're looking for something other than beer, the brewery also serves margaritas and other cocktails to tempt your taste buds.

Birmingham District Brewing Company
With more than 20-years brewing expertise, the brewers here are dedicated to creating a better and bolder beer.  They also strive to produce unusual brews that keep Jim and other patrons returning time and time again.

Back Forty Beer Company
This innovative brew team offers a variety of American and European craft style beers, all brewed on-site and served fresh.  With as many as 25 different options on tap, the brewery also serves a creative menu of gourmet pub grub.

True Story Brewing Company
Live music accompanies the pleasure of drinking beer at this friendly neighbourhood brewery.  Interesting beers are brewed in-house with additional rotating guest taps.    What Jim likes is their beer served up alongside pinball, billiards, fusball and board games.

Slag Heap Brewing Company
You'll love the beer descriptions here—especially the Left on 11 Double IPA, which is said to calm your road rage.  We also recommend Q’s Moneypenny, an English style pub ale with low hop bitterness, low ABV and very malt forward.

Ferus Artisan Ales
This is a little further out but it’s well worth it to venture from the city to the community of Trussville and explore this brewpub and restaurant.  As their name suggests, they take pride in their wild and unusual sour beers, along with crisp pilsners, flavoured stouts and barrel aged beers. There’s also a great adjoining area to catch some free live concerts and movies on the big screen while you sip.

The Grocery Brewpub
Good food and great brews are the attraction at this brew pub in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood.  Taco Tuesdays fill the house and a beautiful line-up of drafts on tap are available with frequent live music.

Monday Night Brewing
Monday Night Social Club serves more than 25 brews on tap, including house-made beers, small batch IPAs, barrel-aged and sour beers plus guest taps from other local breweries.  Had your fill of beer?  They also have a full bar with wine and cocktails too. Worth a visit for the Fast & Furious references too.

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Mobile Walking Tours

Secret History Tours
Secret History Tours make history come alive as your tour guide shows you the sights and tells you the stories of 316 years of Mobile, Alabama’s history. Secret History Tours offer a variety of entertaining walking tours including a pirate’s tour, dark secrets tour, three centuries tour and more! Easy online booking and tour details are available at secrethistorytours.com.

Mobile's Ghost Stories Tour
Join for an evening tour to explore Mobile's mysterious spirits and strange happenings.  Your guide will share stories of Mobile's ghostly residents, folklore and other strange events from the city's past!  (Although this tour is suitable for all ages!) Booking and details available at baycityconventions.com.

Bienville Bites Food Tour
Experience the best food in Mobile, Alabama on a guided walking tour! Mobile's first and only food tour will give visitors both a delicious and educational experience through locally owned restaurants and historical tidbits from their 300+ year history! Booking and tour details are available at bienvillebitesfoodtour.com.

For more information on any of the above email alabama@deep-south-usa.com 

Northern Kentucky Attractions

The Roebling Suspension Bridge

One of the most fascinating and beautiful places to visit in Northern Kentucky is the Roebling Suspension Bridge. The bridge lays over the Ohio River linking downtown Covington in Northern Kentucky to the riverfront of Cincinnati in Ohio. It opened for pedestrians on 1st December 1866 and for traffic on the 1st January 1857. At the time of its opening this was the longest suspension bridge in the world!

Designed and built by engineer John A. Roebling, who also designed the Brooklyn Bridge in New York (which open in 1884 and became the biggest suspension bridge in the world), it is no surprise that the two bridges share certain similarities. Both bridges are defined by their iconic stone towers and suspension cables, but the thing that makes both of them so spectacular are their footpaths. Taking a stroll from Covington to Cincinnati via the Roebling Bridge is a must when you visit Northern Kentucky. Residents of both Cincinnati and Covington cross the Ohio River by foot every day, often to attend Reds or Bengals games or concerts.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky purchased the bridge from the bridge company in 1953 and the 100th anniversary of the bridge opening was celebrated with a ceremony on Court Street at the Covington approach in the fall of 1966.

Both bridges were declared National Historic Landmarks (the Brooklyn in 1964, the Roebling in 1975).

Covington

Covington is one of the largest cities in Northern Kentucky and it is well known for its historic neighbourhoods, it's downtown commercial district (home to a large concentration of historic buildings), the shoppes of Mainstrasse, numerous art galleries and unique eateries and dining districts including Mainstrasse Village and the Roebling Pointe neighbourhood. The historic Riverside Drive area along the Ohio River features many homes that were once stops on the Underground Railroad and the last stops to freedom.

This vibrant urban community is located directly across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, and it is easily accessible from the historic Roebling Suspension Bridge. Cincinnati and Covington feature more public art in four miles than any city in the United States. Enjoy a mural walk or take in a historic walk lead by locals.

Visit Covington and experience the charming MainStrasse Village district featuring classic pubs and chic eateries along Main Street. Here you will also find the Goebel Park’s quirky clock tower and huge Devou Park, which is known for its Cincinnati skyline views. Venture to the downtown area of Covington for a glass or two of bourbon at one of the top hotels in the United States, the Hotel Covington and try Cincinnati Chili, or take along Madison Avenue to the Cathedral of the Basilica, a world class cathedral built as a replica of Notre Dame with the world’s largest stained glass window.

For more information please email kentucky@deep-south-usa.com

 

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