I’m just finishing off an 8-day whistle stop tour of the Deep South with Trek America, so I thought I’d throw out a few of my fave destinations from the trip.
Useful if a) you wanna book a Trek America tour yourself or b) you’re planning some crazy long, crazy wild, crazy amazing U.S. road trip adventure sometime in the future. (Which let’s face it, aren’t we all? Complete with a Mustang, grape soda and really shiny pair of aviator sunglasses…).
I’ve also made you a cute lil map down the bottom of this post so that you can actually see where these uber sassy places are in comparison to each other.
And just a head’s up, you *might* wanna bring your stretchiest sweat pants and some pants that go right up to your belly button because turns out salads are not a thing in the southern states (unless you can get your paws on a Wholefoods and then hello sexy salad ride of your life).
M E M P H I S
Whilst the city of Memphis itself didn’t fill me with the kind of anything-is-possible, I-love-life, I’m-pretty-much-definitely- Taylor-Swift vibe that New York gives me, there’s plenty of really cool stuff nearby that makes it absolutely worth a visit.
I like that it doesn’t feel as try-hard as Nashville and has a cool, laid-back, you do your thang energy about it.
It’s home to Elvis Presley’s home Graceland which I didn’t think would be my kind of thing because lol I can’t name a single Elvis song – but it was magical. Just simply magical. And I developed a bit of crush on baby boo Elvis circa 1960. And an equally ginormous crush on his interior choices.
There’s also The Lorraine Motel, which is where Martin Luther King Jr was shot back in 1968, which has since been turned into the National Civil Rights Mueseum, was also crazy good.
It covered everything from the slave trade and American history right up to present day civil rights ambassadors – did ya know Eva Longoria was one? NOPE NOR ME.
And aside from that, all you really need to know about Memphis is that serves up some of the dirtiest sexiest barbecue food on this planet AND has loads of bars playing live music if that’s your kinda sass.
G A T L I N B U R G
OH MY SWEET LORD. This place. No, but this place. WOAH. I mentioned it in a post last week and compared it to a cross between a British seaside resort and an episode of The Simpsons, and I stand by that.
It’s basically a crazy tourist town perched on the edge of the Smoky Mountains, which means that you not only have access to things like mini rollercoasters, fudge shops, haunted houses and Five Guys – you also have a National Park right beside it.
We did horseback riding and zip-lining whilst we were staying in Gatlinburg, but other activities on offer include tubing, hiking and white water rafting. Sadly there was a drought while we were there, so no water activities, mega sad face :(:(:(:(
Easily one of the most fun and obscene places I’ve ever visited. I liked it more than Vegas because I had no expectations and it was just so completely not infiltrated by British tourists – in fact, pretty much everyone there was American.
Plus, Gatlinburg basically wets itself over ‘fall’ and places pumpkins and scarecrows and orange ribbon around every lamppost. Dreamy for your inner basic bitch, eh?
N E W O R L E A N S
I’m desperately trying to think of a way to describe NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana), which does it justice.
Kind of like the lovechild of Knockturn Alley and a rainbow. A big shiny happy rainbow.
Despite the fact the world keeps trying to knock it down – hey Hurricane Katrina, I see you – it just keeps on going. Keeps on singing. Keeps on being a bad bitch. And I love that, it’s a pretty inspirational outlook on life.
Whilst the French Quarter makes for Instagram porn heaven, the city is drenched in history, so it’s well worth visiting a plantation (which is basically a farm that relied on slaves back in the days when us white people were complete and utter dicks), or doing a ghost tour, to get a feel of what it’s about.
We drank cider on Frenchmen Street rather than Bourbon Street and a few of our fave places to eat included Elizabeth’s for waffles and praline bacon, and Coop’s Place for fried chicken, coleslaw and jambalaya. Oh baby.
OH and beignets at Cafe Du Monde which is something EVERYONE recommends (they’re like fried doughnut things with half a bag of icing sugar poured on them), but I liked them because they reminded me of a sneaky lil Polish treat my grandad used to make us as kids.
Oh, and maybe do a river cruise and get a tarot card reading in the square and also a swamp tour to see alligators and raccoons.
Have you visited anywhere you love in the States? Where would you recommend aside from the classics like New York and San Francisco?
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