First up, I am totally new here, but this site ROCKS!
Now that I have that out of my system...
I am planning a trip to the USA around this time next year and will be mostly backpacking it around. I am tentativley planning where I want to go, and I was originally going to stay to the mid and north of the USA. But now I am thinking there might be something worth seeing in southern USA.
So, basically, I am asking: What is there in the southern states that could tempt me to visit?
Not sure what you consider 'southern'. There is Washington DC with all the splendors of a nation's capital. There is the South in general with its hospitality and small towns. There are cities like Atlanta where Coca-Cola and CNN are based. The 1996 Olympics was there. There is ALWAYS New Orleans, definatly catch it before the next Category 5 hurricane wipes it from the face of the earth. If you are from Australia then our east coast beaches may not impress you that much. But there are nice quaint towns in North Carolina's Outter Banks. There is Orlando and Miami <-- party town. in Florida. If you are into history, there are Civil war trail all along the South (Mostly in Pennsylvannia, Maryland and Virginia), where you can go watch re-enactors and follow the history of the civil war. Hope this helps.
Yeah, that was great! Gave me some ideas.
I guess what I mean by "southern" is the bottom states - like Texas, Mississipi, Florida, Oklahoma, Tennesee, etc.
Thanks again. Anyone else?
I just drove through a bunch of the southern states and was very impressed. Tennessee is beautiful. Lots of camping and pretty hospitable. I will also say that TN had the cleanest rest stops I saw the whole way. I wasn't impressed with Ark. - lots of agriculture. I think that is where all the rice comes from for North America. Oklahoma was alright. Texas ... I only drove through the top part but not much to see along the way. New Mexico was very cool. I was waiting for Billy the Kid to jump me from around the next sage brush. Arizona and the Grand Canyon was awesome. Florida probably isn't the best state for backpacking. Really hot and humid all year round. Virginia is beautiful with nice rolling hills and plenty of history. Kentucky is supposed to be incredible. I've been through most of them and played around so if you have any specific questions - let me know?
If you are into nightlife New Orleans, Lousiana and Austin Texas are great visits. Also both cities are known for their food. Not sure if matters, Austin ranks in the top 5 in the country in singles!
Arizona is very nice and a few hour drive to Las Vegas, a can't miss.
Three cities I would add to this list would be San Antonio, Texas (visit the Riverwalk and the Alamo), Santa Fe, New Mexico--very good art and southwestern food, and Sedona, Arizona--extremely scenic vistas.
I agree with Lugor and Remarcable - New Orleans is not to be missed and Austin is great. (Thanks, Lugor, for the quip about seeing New Orleans before a hurricane blows us away!)Other good southern cities with rich musical heritage and beautiful antebellum architecture are Memphis and Nashville.
Miami is so far south that it might take some doing for you to get there, but it has amazing nightlife, beaches and cultural diversity.
No offense to any Texans on this board, but that is one BORING state to travel through. Miles and miles of nothing, interrupted very occasionally by a sprawling, impersonal metropolis like Dallas and Houston.
If you consider Florida as south, it has great sun, sand and bodies! Also some awesome swamps. Louisiana is beautiful, with its culture, swamps and ofcourse New Orleans(very reccomended). Texas has big bend national park. Entire south has lots of places significant to American History and Civil war, if you are interested in that.
North Carolina has some great sea shore in "Outerbanks"
Please do not forget Fort Lauderdale.
All those lovely yachts. 143 miles of beautiful waterways you can travel by waterbus, and admire the history of the city.
Someone mentioned the swamps. The experts frown at the use of this word. They say it is a very slow moving river which has the aligators, as well as the crocs (at home in fresh and salt water),on the gulf side. There are interesting kayak tours in the everglades for the more adventurous.
Have a good time, JIN
well in my oppinion texas is well worth a visit
if you enjoy nature and nice people it's definetly where you wanna be.
big bend national park is awesome... state parks are good as well. there's lot's of small settlements all over the state and especially the central texan hillcountry is very nice. although there might not be a lot 'to do' (tourist attractions), you can check out the wine intustry and just pick up what comes along the way... take your time, things are slow (except for cars) there.