Travel Planning
U.S. South
Travel Planning
U.S. South

U.S. South at a Glance

Genteel hospitality, spring flowers, barbecue, jazz, blues and country music – these are some of the many reasons visitors flock to the South. Here, you can spend a day art-gallery hopping in Savannah, Georgia, admire old plantation architecture and lovely planned gardens in South Carolina and relax on the sprawling beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Familes love Florida's warm weather and theme parks, while other tourists travel to New Orleans for its colors, food, music and a famous Mardi Gras Parade. Whether you find yourself gobbling barbecue in Tennessee, following the Blues Trail across Mississippi or taking a dip in Arkansas' Ozark hot springs, you'll be happy to know that there is a new adventure waiting for you each time you travel to the American South.

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Regions
  • Florida Florida
  • Alabama Alabama
  • Arkansas Arkansas
  • Georgia Georgia
  • Kentucky Kentucky
  • Louisiana Louisiana
  • Mississippi Mississippi
  • North Carolina North Carolina
  • South Carolina South Carolina
  • Tennessee Tennessee
  • Virginia Virginia
  • West Virginia West Virginia
Popular Places
  • Miami Miami
  • New Orleans New Orleans
  • Orlando Orlando
  • Savannah Savannah
  • Outer Banks Outer Banks
  • Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Charleston International Airport
  • Major Airport Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
  • Major Airport Miami International Airport
  • Major Airport Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Thunderstorms breeze through the south nearly every afternoon during the summer. Coastal areas can be affected by hurricanes. Stay updated with the weather forecast to have the best trip.

Safety Concerns The south has crime rates that vary by state, city and region. Commonsense precautions should help you avoid becoming a crime victim.

Health Concerns Keep well hydrated and stay cool to avoid heat-related injury and illness.

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