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US Travel - The South

Updated on April 10, 2013
Cane Creek Nature Preserve - Middle Tennessee
Cane Creek Nature Preserve - Middle Tennessee | Source

Southern Stereotypes

All the stereotypes of Southerners are about as "useless as a screen door on a submarine." The people are neither ignorant, nor backward, nor married to their cousins. From French descendants in Louisiana, known as swamp people who swim with alligators, to the Cuban immigrants of Florida Keys who allow chickens to roam the island streets, the South is a unique culture to explore and enjoy. Southerners are full of vibrant and quirky sayings, are hospitable and social, entertaining and engaging.

Ouachita National Forest - Arkansas
Ouachita National Forest - Arkansas | Source

List of Southern States of the USA

A trip across the Southern states of the USA is rich with cultural history and reflects both how the nation has matured and grown, as well as how it is still stuck in a Civil Rights Era stagmire of continued understated and unresolved racial conflict.

  • Texas - Visiting El Paso
  • Texas - Visiting Texas Hill Country
  • Texas - Top 5 Things To Do In San Antonio
  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana - Lousiana Swamp People & Alligator Tours
  • Mississippi - Jackson & Vicksburg: Civil War Heritage
  • Alabama
  • Tennessee - A Musical Paradise
  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia - See Jamestown & Yorktown for $10
  • North Carolina - The Only American Coup d'etat (Wilmington 1898 Massacre)
  • South Carolina - Explore Fort Sumter and The Start of The Civil War
  • South Carolina - Myrtle Beach
  • Georgia - Quiet Seaside Retreats
  • Florida - Key West: The Little Island That Seceded From the USA

Cooking Southern Fried Food Is An Art Form

Southern Ethnic Diversity and History

The South is the home of Appalachian folk culture, home to descendant of African slaves, increasingly the residence of Latino immigrants, and rich in cultural influences as far as the Middle East and some of the livelier ends of Europe - like Scotland. While there exists error in some state cultures, such as the extensive flying of the Confederate flag in Kentucky - which was the 15th state to join the Union during the Civil War - there is historical and cultural preservation of the best of what the South has to offer. Nearly every European ethnicity has roots in this region of the USA. The Southern farmland still helps to feed the nation. A strong Native American population resides within these states and offer cultural celebrations.

Texas Bluebonnets in Spring. - The Rolling Hills of Central Texas.
Texas Bluebonnets in Spring. - The Rolling Hills of Central Texas. | Source

Annual Events of the South

Here are some of the best annual events throughout the Southern states. I did not include the summer months because those are the worst times to travel to the South. If it isn't the humidity or the high temperatures that make people uncomfortable, the tornadoes and hurricanes may get visitors evacuated during those months. I also didn't include the coldest winter months, due to blizzard hazards.

Shenandoah National Park in Virginia

My Top 5 Southern Sayings

"That stinks so bad it could knock a buzzard off a gut wagon."

"He couldn't find his own ass with both hands stuck in his back pockets." (He's clueless.)

"He's one fry short of a Happy Meal." (He's crazy.)

"He's as windy as a sack full of farts." (He's a known liar.)

And the one my own mother used to say, "He's stubborn as a mule."

Beauty Pageants Are An Important Part of Southern Culture

Map of Southern States

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