1 Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

A slow, circuitous but exhilarating wilderness highway that makes a destination in itself.

2 Martin Luther King Birth Home, Atlanta, GA

Engaging tours take you around King’s childhood home, in the South’s most dynamic city.

3 Savannah, GA

With its impossibly romantic garden squares, gorgeous architecture and bustling old waterfront, this atmospheric town also has a hip edge, partly due to its art school.

4 Memphis, TN

This sleepy city on the Mississippi is especially thrilling for music fans: you could spend days checking out Beale Street, Sun Studio, the Stax Museum, Al Green’s church and, of course, Graceland.

5 Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, TN

At once a fascinating interactive museum and a treasure trove of memorabilia, including Elvis’s gold Cadillac.

6 The Mississippi Delta, MS

The birthplace of the blues holds an irresistible appeal, with funky little Clarksdale as the obvious first port of call.

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