Hot, sultry, rich in history, culture and some of the greatest music made in America, the Deep South is perhaps the most beguiling part of the USA. Take two or three weeks to see the highlights, travelling by car or by bus, and end up on the beaches of south Florida.
1. New Orleans, LA
It’s impossible not to fall in love with this gorgeous city, with its romantic French Quarter, indulgent food, jazz heritage and famously ebullient citizens.
2. Mississippi Delta
Soak up the blues heritage in Clarksdale, Mississippi, a five-hour drive north of New Orleans, before leaving the state via Tupelo, the home of Elvis.
3. Montgomery, AL
Continue east to the fascinating capital of Alabama, laced with monuments to Martin Luther King, Civil Rights and Hank Williams.
4. Atlanta, GA
Make the short journey northeast to the buzzing capital of the South, birthplace of Martin Luther King and home to US icons CNN and Coca-Cola.
5. Charleston, SC
Over in South Carolina, this is perhaps the finest old town in all America, enriched by the culture of the nearby Sea Islands.
6. Savannah, GA
Cut back into Georgia to absorb the charms of Charleston’s raffish but equally ravishing cousin, a city of moss-tangled squares and historic homes.
7. St Augustine, FL
Drop south into Florida to see the oldest town in America, founded by the Spanish in 1565.
8. Miami, FL
The Florida coast is studded with great beaches and attractions such as the Kennedy Space Center, but it’s hard to top Miami and fabulous, Art Deco South Beach.
9. Key West, FL
End up travelling spectacular US-1 across the Keys to America’s party-hard Caribbean outpost.