7 US Cities to Visit for a Dose of Southern Charm
Good news: Travel within the US is actually pretty affordable right now. But where should you go to get to know your own country? After you’ve scoured your favorite free travel planning sites, torn through the best travel vlogs, and consulted your besties’ recommendations, you probably have quite a list of potential domestic spots to hit up. And we’re here with some great potential additions. Our Southern states have some of the richest culture, best weather, and most interesting food that the country has to offer. Below, find seven reasons why tripping through the South this summer is the best idea yet.
Whether you’re on a romantic getaway with your S.O. or a raucous girls’ trip, Savannah has something for everyone. Spanish moss dripping from Southern live oak trees, rambling antebellum mansions on every square, crumbling historic cemeteries — there’s a mystical aura in this Georgia town that just draws you in. And speaking of mysticism, you’ll definitely want to take awhile you’re visiting. Open-container laws mean you can sip wine with the spirits or take a beer with you as you shop your way down Broughton Street, with must-stops at the Savannah Bee Company and the The Paris Market. A leisurely long weekend will suffice here, but be sure to make time to hop over to Tybee Island, a barrier island just 30 minutes from the city center.
The food scene reigns supreme in Richmond, so you’ll want to hit up(widely accepted as the best restaurant in the city) for Greek food made by yaya herself, Kuba Kuba for traditional Cuban fare, Edo’s Squid for real deal Italian, Heritage for new American with a Southern bent, or Rappahannock for oysters and Champagne. Speaking of drinks, be sure to take in a 360° view of the RVA skyline from the Quirk Hotel rooftop, grab a playfully inventive cocktail at Rogue, or stop by any of the city’s numerous breweries for a craft beer (our favorite? Ardent or Blue Bee). And if you’re into natural wellness (which of course you are), we suggest taking a 45-minute break to experience the restorative wonders of an infrared sauna at Purify, stopping by Aquarian Bookshop to stock up on your chakra-balancing quartz, and popping into Boketto to dabble in their earthy skincare offerings.
A liberal oasis tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina, Asheville is quickly topping every alternative traveler’s must-visit list. There are microbreweries galore, the Appalachian mountains to explore, and enough restaurants to keep you full for a week. You’ll want to stop at(a barbecue joint that counts Barack and Michelle Obama as fans) and Cúrate (a Spanish tapas bar owned by a local chef and her Catalan husband). The River Arts District runs a mile down the length of the French Broad River, where over 200 artists have set up studios in renovated historical and industrial buildings. Hotels in Asheville are pretty standard, so consider a cheap Airbnb rental for the weekend. And consider a visit to Biltmore, America’s largest home (with 8,000 acres of grounds!), built in 1895 by George Biltmore — they host a summer concert series, bring in traveling art exhibitions, and have an on-site winery (seriously, you could spend an entire day here just touring the grounds).
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