US Map Series – Part 3: Southeast

The Southeast is home to some amazing sights including the Appalachian Mountains, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, and the Atlantic Ocean. AurTravel is going to take you on a tour of all the states in the Southeast region of the United States and show you some of the highlights and must-visit locales.

West Virginia: “Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia” Just like the song says, West Virginia nearly is “Almost Heaven”. Whether you want to ski, snowboard, go whitewater rafting or off-roading, West Virginia is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Check out Beech Fork State Park to book a cabin in the woods and get back to nature.

Virginia: “Virginia is for Lovers” Virginia is a history buff’s dream. Dubbed “The Mother of Presidents”, Virginia has been the home of eight of our presidents, which is more than any other state. Visit Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington or Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. And you won’t want to skip Colonial Williamsburg where you can see dozens of original homes, buildings, and shops.

Kentucky: “Unbridled Spirit” A quintessential must when visiting Kentucky is taste testing some of the best bourbon the state has to offer. One of the best ways to get in as many distilleries as possible is by going on the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail road trip. The trip takes you to 17 signature distilleries so make sure you collect your complimentary Bourbon Passport at your first stop and get all your stamps by the end of your journey.

Tennessee: “Sounds Good to Me” Music lovers around the world think of Tennessee and the Music Mecca. Whether it’s Country, Rock & Roll, Jazz, or R&B, there is something for every music lover to enjoy. Visit Graceland, the Home of Elvis Presley, in Memphis to get a tour of the King’s iconic home.  The Bluebird Café in Nashville is a slightly lesser-known venue where the songwriter’s of chart topping hits are sung by the writers themselves, and not the star.

North Carolina: “First in Flight” North Carolina is home to the first successful airborne flight by the Wright Brothers, so if you’re planning a trip to this beautiful state, you have to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. You can visit the exact spot where the first flight took off and landed.

South Carolina: “Smiling Faces. Beautiful Places” When visiting South Carolina, you can’t go wrong with a stay at one of the many traditional bed & breakfasts. Southern hospitality is taken very seriously here, and you won’t get better service than some of these beauties. Check out Magnolia Manor in Westminster or Tudor Oaks Inn in Summersville.

Georgia: “Georgia on My Mind” Georgia might not be the first place you’d think of when it comes to television and film, but there are probably more things filmed here than you would think…Black Panther, Baby Driver, Stranger Things, and The Walking Dead, just to name a few. If you’re a big movie/TV buff like me, you’ll definitely want to book a movie tour on your visit to see some great behind the scenes action.

Alabama: “Sweet Home Alabama” Alabama is full of rich history. Take a trip up to Tuscumbia to see the home and birthplace of Helen Keller. Or take a trip down south to Mobile to visit the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion; built in 1855, this 20 room mansion is a chance to see how life was really lived in the Old South. If you’re visiting during the holidays, you don’t want to miss the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour in Opelika. An ongoing tradition since 1993, there are now about 60 homes that go all out to participate in this Christmas decoration parade.

Mississippi: “Feels Like Coming Home” Mississippi is a foodies dream. The state has such a wide variety of creative cuisine creations and there’s something for everyone. If you’re a seafood fan, you definitely have to visit the gulf coast for some freshly caught catfish. Or if Mexican food is more your style, you’ll definitely need to try some Mississippi Tamales. And you can’t forget about the beer to wash it all down; check out Lazy Magnolia craft brewery in Kiln.

Arkansas: “The Natural State” One of my favorite family vacations growing up was visiting Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We rented a quaint little cabin in the woods and just unplugged for a week. We rented kayaks and rode up and down the river, went hiking in the lush forest, and took family pictures in the gorgeous scenery. It was such a delightful way for my family to spend time together and relax and get away from our phones and the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Louisiana: “Pick Your Passion” Cajun culture is a must-see when visiting Louisiana. The Acadiana region is the heart of Cajun culture so you’ll want to take a trip to its capital, Lafayette, to see some of its greatest offerings. For some of the best Cajun food, you’ll want to check out Steamboat Bill’s or Rita Mae’s Kitchen; or better yet, ask the locals for their favorite spot. And don’t forget to check out the swamp monsters! Book a swamp tour to see some of the largest alligators in their natural habitat.

Florida: “Florida First” Of course the first two destinations most people think of when wanting to visit Florida are Disney World and Universal Orlando. There is so much to do at both of these adventure parks for the whole family. Whether your kiddos want to meet Mickey or you’ve got a foodie in the family, there is so much to do and explore at the parks.

There is plenty to do, see, and eat in the Southeast. Give AurTravel a call at 402-891-6909 and let us help you plan your southeastern adventure.

 

 

Rebekah Swerczek, AurTravelGrowing up in a small Texas town, Rebekah always had the desire to travel and discover as much of the world as possible. After high school, she took her chance. Rebekah joined a performing arts group based out of southern California called The Young Americans. She had the opportunity to perform, teach, and mentor young kids all around the world. With this group Rebekah was able to travel to 11 different countries. She also met her husband while performing with this group and eventually they settled down in Nebraska, but they still love to travel together any chance they get. So far their favorite places are Riviera Maya, Mexico and Northern Michigan, but they still have a few big ticket bucket list items they’d like to mark off their list including: New Zealand, Hawaii, and Scotland. Rebekah is also a huge animal lover and an avid Harry Potter fan. She is the newest addition to the AurTravel team and so happy to be here.

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