Road trip USA: Southern States


  • Atlanta
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • New Orleans
  • Mississippi
  • Nashville
Amazing music, tasty soul food, rich history, cowboys and Elvis! The Southern States are unlike anywhere else you have visited and are surely one of the USA´s kookiest corners. Have you ever dreamt of meeting a real cowboy? Well you will most likely meet one on your road trip through Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee.
Duration: 2-3 weeks
Countries: USA

Whether you are a music and/or history lover your will find it all in the Southern States. They are the homeland of Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Dolly Parton and Otis Redding. In addition, it will be impossible for you to travel through the region without seeing the remaining reminders off both the civil war and the civil right movement. 

Road trip route suggestion

Atlanta - Montgomery - Mobile - New Orleans - Jackson - Memphis - Grat Smoky Mountains National Park - Atlanta

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Atlanta, Georgia

Collect and leave your car in the vibrant and fast growing city of Atlanta, Georgia where the most popular street name is Peachtree - YES they have 71 streets with that name. In addition, it is the home to the world-famous broadcaster CNN and Coca Cola. 

Montgomery, Alabama

Welcome to sweet home Alabama! Montgomery is a place where the history runs deep. The city played an important role in the civil rights movement, seeing the arrest of Rosa Parks and the ensuing bus boycott as well as numerous non violent protests led by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Mobile, Alabama

The birthplace of Mardi Gras - started in 1703! There are few American cities that have as rich history as Mobile´s. The city will impress you with its sheer beauty, amazing museums, modern architecture and tasty seafood.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is all about the Blues, Jazz, voodoo and the craziness that is Mardi gras! Go on a pub-crawl in the charming French Quarter, get down and dirty on Bourbon Street and enjoy all the great food the city has to offer.

Jackson, Mississippi

You might remember the city from the movie "The Help" or because of its blossoming music venues that feature music ranging from Heavy Metal, to Indie Rock, to Blue Grass. Either way do not forget to sit down at a local diner and try the peach cobbler.

Memphis, Tennessee

Elvis Presley and Graceland - do we need to say more? Well Memphis is also the barbecue capital of America with rib joints serving up the tastiest pork you have ever tasted. Soul food and rock n roll, now that is a killer combination.

Nashville, Tennessee

Here you will be able to listen to live music all across town 24/7. Enjoy listening to honky-tonk bands jamming at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, songwriters taking their first steps at the Bluebird Cafe and/or country music legends rocking the Grand Ole Opry. You never know whom you might see!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Saving the best for last! The Smoky Mountain National Park is well known for its amazing diversity of plant and animal life, beautiful ancient mountains and unbelievable remains of the Southern Appalachian mountain culture. Go and discover both the natural and cultural history of these ancient mountains.

Total distance: 2600 km 

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Map: Your Southern States road trip