Thursday, February 23, 2012

USA Tours of the Deep South

If you dream of an America which consists of lazy afternoons sipping iced tea on the airy veranda of an antebellum mansion or soaking up some serious jazz and soul food, then one of the most exciting USA tours you can take is down into the Deep South. Whether you want to while away an afternoon playing poker on an old paddle steamer, or whether you want to venture into the cradle of the American civil rights movement, the Deep South has something for you.

If you’re heading anywhere near Texas, be sure to stop off at San Antonio which is one of the most visited cities in this state. And you must remember the Alamo because this mission fortress is the top attraction in the city. If you fancy cooling down, the River Walk is a stunning waterside strip of shops and restaurants. Or if you’re all shopped out, then you can cruise down the river on a leisurely barge. If you’re planning your trip around Christmas, then this area turns into a spectacular river of light which is something to see.

Many USA tours will take you down to New Orleans which is a truly unmissable experience. You can immerse yourself fully in the culture and history by visiting a whole slew of museums. There are also lots of plantations and if you’re interested in seeing some antebellum architecture, there are lots of historical buildings open to the public. Save some time to visit the French Quarter and indulge yourself in the local cuisine. With everything from Creole through to Cajun you can try out traditional specialities like jambalaya, gumbo and po’ boys. Stick around for some night-time entertainment where you can take your pick of jazz joints. And watch out for festivals. New Orleans is famous for its Mardi Gras, but there are dozens of other music festivals throughout the year.

Why not finish up in Atlanta, Georgia? As one of America's most visited cities, there’s plenty to occupy everyone. This city is famous for being the home of Coca Cola, so if you’re a fan of the real thing you might like to pop by and visit the World of Coca Cola. For a fun day out, Stone Mountain Park is bursting with things to do. There are laser and firework shows, exciting children’s rides, and scenic train trips around the mountain. If you really have a head for heights, test your skills on the Sky Hike which is America’s biggest aerial adventure course. Once you’ve come back down to earth, try to make some time to find out more about the civil rights movement. Atlanta is home to Martin Luther King and there is a Historic Site dedicated to him where you can visit his tomb. The site has free admission and parking and you can follow the Martin Luther King journey and find out more about him and some of the other civil rights pioneers.

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