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.