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Located in a serene, quiet neighbourhood, this fine historic Inn is just a short stroll from Dock Square’s shops, restaurants and galleries. The friendly informal innkeepers and staff and the beautiful house and property create a relaxing home away from home. Guest rooms have an understated elegance with comfortable appointments and modern amenities. A full breakfast with a main entrée is served in the dining room at 9am each morning.

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  • 6 rooms
  • Three course breakfast
  • Several rooms have fireplace and Jacuzzi bathtub
  • Quiet location, walk to village
  • 3 Diamond rating
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New England encapsulates rural America: White wooden churches and clapboard houses nestling among the trees, grey timbered barns set amid lush pastures, and delicious wholesome foods such as blueberries and cranberries, maple syrup and succulent shellfish.

Each season in New England has its own distinctive charm. In winter the land often rests under a crisp blanket of snow, spring brings the blossoming of the trees and flowers and rich green colouring, summer days are filled with sunshine tempting people out to the delightful coastal villages, and Fall with its gold, yellow, russet and vermilion hues creates a glorious landscape.

The New England region of America is comprised of six very unique states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont — all easily reached through the delightful historic city of Boston or Hartford, the capital of Connecticut. Combine them all on your vacation as you travel from coast to mountains, beaches to lakes and city to villages. Treat yourself with a stay in traditional and cosy inns, mansion houses, beach resorts and luxury hotels.

 

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Boston is the gateway to New England. Here you will find a mix of Colonial charm and urban sophistication.

This is a dynamic and exciting city offering a wealth of activities for young and old whatever your interest: Sightseeing, shopping, fine dining and night life. Boston is a delightful walking city. The Freedom Trail is a 3 mile historic walk through Old Boston marked by a red painted stripe on the city’s sidewalks, cobblestones and brick paths. There are also excellent sightseeing trolleys which stop at points of interest enabling you to get on and off as often as you wish. Visit the significant sites of the American Revolution, Paul Revere’s House, Faneuil Hall, the Aquarium, the Cheers bar of TV fame and much more!

It’s a shoppers paradise in Boston, whether you seek a designer bargain at Filene’s basement, decide to window shop at the intriguingly beautiful shops of Newbury Street, wish to soak up the ‘Covent Garden style’ atmosphere of Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace or experience the malls of Copley Square and the Prudential Centre featuring Saks Fifth Avenue amongst many!

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Located 90 minutes from Boston, visitors to Cape Cod find seaside villages with clapboard houses, majestic whaling captains’ homes and village greens. Beaches and freshwater ponds beckon bathers out on hot summer days.

With town names reminiscent of England: Chatham, Harwich, Falmouth and Barnstable, there are a host of historical and cultural experiences such as Heritage Plantation, Provincetown, Hyannis and nearby Plimoth–Plantation. Whale watching from June to late October is a must during your stay on the Cape. Quaint villages with speciality shops and excellent dining opportunities round out this perfect vacation destination. 

A 40 minute ferry ride from Cape Cod or a short flight from New York and Boston, Martha’s Vineyard has always been a quiet haven for the rich and famous. With its rustic and unspoilt beaches, wildlife refuges, bike trails and quiet roads you can enjoy leisurely pursuits, particularly if you feel the need to work off the meals you will enjoy in the many excellent restaurants!

With a wonderfully varied landscape, historic properties and cobblestoned streets, Nantucket takes you back to a gentler time. More than 800 preserved buildings are found here with one–third of Nantucket’s 50 square miles designated as conservation land.

 

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The North Shore of Massachusetts, which sits on Boston’s doorstep, is known for its historical seaport towns, sweeping beaches and quaint New England villages.

Salem is probably the most well–known city of this region, particularly for the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692, which is a theme of the town. Visit the House of Seven Gables, the Peabody Essex Museum and Pioneer Village.
 
The North Shore area boasts many charming coastal towns. Marblehead is just 4 miles from Salem and showcases a beautiful east coast harbour. You can dine in great restaurants, enjoy sensational shopping and tour historic mansions.
 
Gloucester is America’s original seaport and one of the oldest art colonies as well as a top fishing port at Rocky Neck. Wander through the Harbortown Cultural District in the heart of downtown. A place to see and feel the history and dine on fresh seafood.

Rockport is another community on the Cape Ann coast, at the midpoint of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. A picturesque seaside village and thriving artist colony, you can watch craftsmen at work or lobstermen hauling their traps.
 
Unspoilt beaches, lighthouses, boating trips including whale watching, museums and historical sites round out the many activities for an enjoyable
stay in the North of Boston region.


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Few places can combine culture with beautiful countryside as well as the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Ideally located just over 2 hours from both Boston and New York City, the area is a mecca of museums, historic sites, music, dance and art venues. In addition there are outstanding opportunities for golfing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and other watersports. Wintersports include alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. All of these activities take place amid spectacularly scenic rural hills, dotted with mountain streams and lakes.

As a crossroads of culture, the Berkshires attracts chefs and restaurateurs who are artists in their own right. Dining is wonderfully varied and often surpasses the highest expectations. There is also an incredible range of retail establishments. From the Vermont state line south to the Connecticut border, you’ll find an unbelievable array of quaint and cutting edge Berkshires shops — from antiques dealers to outlets to myriad specialty shops.

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Rhode Island is the smallest of the fifty US states but boasts the highest concentration of historic landmarks and buildings in the entire country.

Newport is one of the great maritime cities of the world. It is best known for its opulent estates and mansions many of which are open to the public. America’s wealthiest families such as the Vanderbilts and the Astors built ‘summer cottages’ here that rival imperial palaces! There are also seagoing mansions (called yachts!) — and some of the worlds most splendid call Newport home.

Take a harbour cruise, visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame, see the America’s Cup Museum and explore the plentiful art galleries. No trip to Newport would be complete without a stroll along the spectacular 3 mile Cliff Walk which begins at Easton’s Beach and runs along Newport’s cliffs. The allure and charm of this unique seaside playground, with its art and jazz festivals, excellent restaurants, historic sites and museums, lively harbour front, scenic vistas, and refreshing sea breezes all combine to create a most memorable and enjoyable experience.

With a thriving arts community, vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods and a renowned restaurant scene, Providence is the perfect place to visit. The city’s compact size and convenient location make it easy to get to and hard to forget. Nearby Warwick offers bountiful shopping and 39 miles of coastline, while the scenic beauty and rich history of Rhode Island’s other regions are a quick drive away. Historic and hip, sophisticated and small–town, Providence packs the best of New England into one convenient and colourful package.

 

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Renowned for its village area of historic buildings and tall ships, Mystic seaport is America’s premier maritime museum.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum is the worlds largest Native American Indian museum where you can explore a glacial crevasse and stroll through an authentic 16th Century Indian village. At the new Mystic Aquarium get up close to beluga whales and harbour seals and discover the secrets buried at the bottom of the Black Sea for nearly 2,000 years! Olde Mistick Village is a unique shopping village built in an 18th Century style with more than 60 shops and restaurants. Mystic also offers river trips on the Mystic River, vineyards, world–famous Foxwoods casino, and a multitude of museums and historic sites.

Follow the scenic Connecticut River valley and experience classic unspoiled coastline, countryside and quaint historic villages. Take a leisurely scenic ride through the Connecticut River Valley on the vintage Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Ride or explore the Florence Griswold Museum, home of American Impressionism. Explore the nearby quintessential New England villages of Essex, Old Lyme or Chester.

The Litchfield Hills enjoys some of the most spectacular and unspoiled scenery in Connecticut. Rolling farmlands, thick forests and trails including a section of the Appalachian Trail. The Litchfield Hills are a hideaway for the rich and famous. Along winding country roads crossing unique covered bridges you can explore the neatly kept villages and numerous antique stores.

 

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The beauty of Vermont begins the moment you enter the state. A land of fields and forests, glistening lakes and gentle mountains, it is relentlessly beautiful.

A commitment to preserving wide open spaces including the absence of billboards makes the views even more appealing. Autumn brings a blaze of colour; amber, gold, crimson like nowhere else in the world!

Vermont is New England as it was. Village greens with classic clapboard houses and pristine steepled churches stand side by side working farms where golden maple syrup is tapped from tall trees.

For those who love outdoors, enjoy Vermont’s hiking trails, fishing and scenic drives. Winter offers some of the best skiing in Eastern US.

In the south of Vermont you will find the most popular scenic drive — Route 100. Visit the lovely gardens and house of Hildene, the Georgian revival home of Abraham Lincoln’s son or the designer outlets in Manchester.

Don’t miss Woodstock, the quintessential New England village. With a covered bridge in the middle of town and stately homes all around; the village is full of unique shops, galleries, country stores and fine restaurants. Quechee Gorge and Billings Farm and Museum are must dos in this beautiful part of Vermont.

In the north, discover Stowe, New England’s infamous mountain village which transforms each year into a winter playground. Close by is one of the happiest places in Vermont — Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory tour!

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New Hampshire offers visitors the opportunity to explore a varied landscape, rich in the hallmarks of Scenic New England.

The valley is a gateway to the 780,000 acre White Mountain National Forest with 1,200 miles of hiking trails and 700 miles of cycle paths. Waterfalls are a frequent sight thanks to the terrain. Another unique attraction is the wealth of historic covered bridges and over 50 of these can be found throughout the countryside. Along the way, white clapboard houses and churches stand prominently over delightful village greens.

Jackson and North Conway are scenic gateway villages to the many attractions of the Mount Washington Valley. North Conway is the region’s liveliest town and has become a major shopping destination with scores of factory outlet stores as well as one–of–a–kind shops. A train ride aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad provides an unusually pleasant way to view the splendour of this magnificent mountain region through the spectacular Crawford Notch.

The Lakes Region is another aspect of the state’s natural appeal with the centrepiece Lake Winnipesaukee, one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in the United States, and Squam Lake which became known as Golden Pond ever since the movie of the same name was filmed here. The historic city of Portsmouth, one of the original Pilgrim settlements, sits at the centre of the region's charming coastline.

Elsewhere in Southern New Hampshire, explore Concord a delightful walkable city and Canterbury Shaker Village.

 

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Maine is the northernmost east coast state and is known throughout the world for its spectacular rugged coastline, inviting harbours and quaint towns.

With more than 60 lighthouses spread along the miles of coast, inlets and islands, these are an important part of local history and popular tourist attractions. “Maine Lobster” is known throughout the world and your trip won’t be complete without enjoying some. Boat tours provide a hands–on experience; sample a delicious lobster roll, or put on your bib and get ‘cracking’!

Along the southern coast, you’ll find historic seaside villages. Visit Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and York and soak up the charm. Kennebunkport’s Dock Square is where visitors love to shop in the boutiques and enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants. Or simply relax by the sandy beaches in Ogunquit and York. Portland offers a mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures. Take a boat tour to lighthouses.

Explore the galleries and museums. Along the midcoast is Boothbay Harbor, home to yachts, lobster boats and other working craft. The downtown area boasts waterfront restaurants, art galleries and antique shops as well as the Maine State Aquarium. There are plenty of boating
opportunities and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is not to be missed!

Spend the night in a charming Inn in the classic town of Rockland, the lobster capital of the world. Further north, Camden’s crooked streets around the harbour offer enticing shops, galleries, and restaurants, and sightseeing boats await their next cruise. Bar Harbor also offers a vibrant local scene of cafés and boutiques and its greatest natural attraction — spectacular Acadia National Park!

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New England encapsulates rural America: White wooden churches and clapboard houses nestling among the trees, grey timbered barns set amid lush pastures, and delicious wholesome foods such as blueberries and cranberries, maple syrup and succulent shellfish.

Each season in New England has its own distinctive charm. In winter the land often rests under a crisp blanket of snow, spring brings the blossoming of the trees and flowers and rich green colouring, summer days are filled with sunshine tempting people out to the delightful coastal villages, and Fall with its gold, yellow, russet and vermilion hues creates a glorious landscape.

The New England region of America is comprised of six very unique states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont — all easily reached through the delightful historic city of Boston or Hartford, the capital of Connecticut. Combine them all on your vacation as you travel from coast to mountains, beaches to lakes and city to villages. Treat yourself with a stay in traditional and cosy inns, mansion houses, beach resorts and luxury hotels.

 

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Maine is the northernmost east coast state and is known throughout the world for its spectacular rugged coastline, inviting harbours and quaint towns.

With more than 60 lighthouses spread along the miles of coast, inlets and islands, these are an important part of local history and popular tourist attractions. “Maine Lobster” is known throughout the world and your trip won’t be complete without enjoying some. Boat tours provide a hands–on experience; sample a delicious lobster roll, or put on your bib and get ‘cracking’!

Along the southern coast, you’ll find historic seaside villages. Visit Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and York and soak up the charm. Kennebunkport’s Dock Square is where visitors love to shop in the boutiques and enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants. Or simply relax by the sandy beaches in Ogunquit and York. Portland offers a mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures. Take a boat tour to lighthouses.

Explore the galleries and museums. Along the midcoast is Boothbay Harbor, home to yachts, lobster boats and other working craft. The downtown area boasts waterfront restaurants, art galleries and antique shops as well as the Maine State Aquarium. There are plenty of boating
opportunities and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is not to be missed!

Spend the night in a charming Inn in the classic town of Rockland, the lobster capital of the world. Further north, Camden’s crooked streets around the harbour offer enticing shops, galleries, and restaurants, and sightseeing boats await their next cruise. Bar Harbor also offers a vibrant local scene of cafés and boutiques and its greatest natural attraction — spectacular Acadia National Park!

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Maine is the northernmost east coast state and is known throughout the world for its spectacular rugged coastline, inviting harbours and quaint towns.

With more than 60 lighthouses spread along the miles of coast, inlets and islands, these are an important part of local history and popular tourist attractions. “Maine Lobster” is known throughout the world and your trip won’t be complete without enjoying some. Boat tours provide a hands–on experience; sample a delicious lobster roll, or put on your bib and get ‘cracking’!

Along the southern coast, you’ll find historic seaside villages. Visit Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and York and soak up the charm. Kennebunkport’s Dock Square is where visitors love to shop in the boutiques and enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants. Or simply relax by the sandy beaches in Ogunquit and York. Portland offers a mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures. Take a boat tour to lighthouses.

Explore the galleries and museums. Along the midcoast is Boothbay Harbor, home to yachts, lobster boats and other working craft. The downtown area boasts waterfront restaurants, art galleries and antique shops as well as the Maine State Aquarium. There are plenty of boating
opportunities and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is not to be missed!

Spend the night in a charming Inn in the classic town of Rockland, the lobster capital of the world. Further north, Camden’s crooked streets around the harbour offer enticing shops, galleries, and restaurants, and sightseeing boats await their next cruise. Bar Harbor also offers a vibrant local scene of cafés and boutiques and its greatest natural attraction — spectacular Acadia National Park!

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A boutique Inn rich in the history and culture of Baltimore and just a short stroll to Inner Harbor and Little Italy. Guestrooms are spacious and luxurious with modern-day amenities.

 

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  • 13 rooms & suites
  • Gourmet breakfast
  • Steps to attractions
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The South is where you will find the world’s best in music, history, culture and sports. From Elvis’ Graceland to Mardi Gras, from The White House to grand plantation homes discover them all here.

Blessed by nature, this is a destination perfect to explore big landscapes and mighty rivers. From Virginia to Louisiana, you will discover a region of great contrasts from sun drenched beaches and rugged mountain.

Discover 17th Century towns with legacies of a bygone era of gentility, grace and decadence. Southern hospitality and delicious cuisine are yours to savour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Washington D.C. is full of famous historic sights and monuments, as well as the largest array of fascinating and free attractions.

Visit the White House, Capitol Hill, Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial… Then touch a moon rock, marvel at the Hope Diamond, view Dorothy’s Ruby Red slippers or explore Native American culture at the Smithsonian Institution.

Discover treasures like the Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress, the only da Vinci painting in North America at the National Gallery of Art and historic documents like the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives.

Away from the famous sites, Washington D.C. unwinds into a fascinating network of neighbourhoods with trendy boutiques, hip bars and restaurants, plus art galleries, historic homes and lush parks. Shoppers love thestore lined streets of Georgetown, while jazz music fans won’t want to miss a trip to U Street, where Duke Ellington played his first notes. The city’s international character shines through in its Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle neighbourhoods with eclectic dining and nightlife and the historic centre of the city’s embassy community.

Fashionably retro Baltimore is just an hour from DC. The historic waterfront is complete woth a WWII submarine, stylish shops, restaurants and bars, which are fun to explore. Dine on the freshest seafood including Maryland crab or catch a Baltimore Orioles baseball game.

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Fashionably retro Baltimore is just an hour from Washington and has a host of things to see and do.

Fell Point is lined with old warehouses converted into stylish shops, restaurants and bars. On the historic waterfront you can visit the fully rigged USS Constellation or explore a Second World War submarine. The Inner Harbor boasts more than 100 waterside restaurants and cafés.

Annapolis is the sailing capital of the US and is a vibrant centre for arts and culture. It has more than 20 art galleries. It is also home to the US Naval Academy where more than 4,000 midshipmen train to become naval officers. The narrow streets feature historic homes and restored buildings. The waterfront harbour allows for ship watching and harbour cruises.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore has many quaint villages and towns to explore. St Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge, Ellicott City and many more offer historic and picturesque towns and harbours with antique shops, ice cream parlours and cafés. The Brannock Maritime Museum, Dorchester Heritage Museum and Richardson Museum provide a wonderful insight to Chesapeake Bay’s maritime and aviation history.

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From the Shenandoah Valley to the Blue Ridge Mountains, here is a region of outdoor fun, America’s early history, wineries and more!

No trip to Virginia is complete without spending some time in the Williamsburg area known as the Historic Triangle. America’s first permanent English colony is preserved at Jamestowne, a living history museum providing a glimpse of life in 1607. In Colonial Williamsburg experience the sights and sounds of the 18th Century, with the townsfolk in character as the butcher, baker and candlestick maker of the day! At Yorktown, you’ll discover the lives of people who witnessed the Revolution there and walk the ground where America’s independence battle was won in 1781.

Virginia stretches from pristine sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean to the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains and stunning Shenandoah Valley. Scenic drives include the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, just 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail; drive the Blue Ridge Parkway; see natural attractions like Luray Caverns.

West Virginia is an outdoor lover’s paradise with its lush mountains, white–water rivers and endless forests — it’s ‘Wild and Wonderful’! Relax in a hot mineral spring at a top–notch spa or play a round of golf. The people are welcoming and there’s a lively food and craft beer scene to enjoy. Delve into the history of the American Civil War at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. In the New River Gorge National Park, enjoy a whitewater adventure of a lifetime.

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From mountains to coast, North Carolina is full of natural treasures, wonderful panoramas, historic small towns and Southern charm.

Asheville is a charismatic city surrounded by extraordinary nature including the Blue Ridge Parkway, ‘America’s Favourite Drive’ with mile after mile of panoramic vistas. Asheville is full of arts and crafts, Southern friendliness, restaurants and Art Deco architecture.

The dynamic cities of Charlotte and Raleigh–Durham will surprise you. In Charlotte, step aboard the Historic Charlotte Trolley, ride a roller–coaster at Carowinds Theme Park, explore the newly opened NASCAR Hall of Fame or stroll along the tree–lined streets of Dilworth and experience Southern hospitality. Raleigh–Durham blends the old with the new. Home to many of North Carolina’s nationally famous restaurants, unique shopping in resurrected tobacco warehouses and North Carolina’s state capitol.

The gateway to North Carolina’s coast is the charming small city of Wilmington. Wilmington has many attractions such as the Battleship North Carolina, Airlie Gardens and Screen Gem Studios, where TV shows such as Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill were filmed. It has become a popular destination because of its moderate climate, historic preservation district and annual events such as Riverfest and the Azalea.

The Outer Banks is a 130 mile chain of barrier islands that are so different from any other destination on the East Coast. Legendary for its beautiful beaches, the area is home to huge migrating dunes and the perfect location for unique adventures. Hang gliding, kayaking, natural beaches, lighthouses, cultural and historical sites. The Wright Brothers National Memorial located in Kill Devil Hills commemorates the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

 

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South Carolina is known for its beaches, sea islands, historic plantation houses and the treasured city of Charleston with its paste coloured stately homes.

Charleston is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, with a rich 300 year heritage. The first decisive American victory during the Revolution, the first regularly scheduled passenger train service in America, the initial shots of the Civil War — Charleston is steeped in history. Step back in time and stroll the cobblestone streets of the historic district. Visit the plantation homes, tour the war related sites like Ft. Sumter or experience the magnificent South Carolina Aquarium.

To the south of Charleston, Hilton Head’s 42 square miles are lapped by gentle waters of the Atlantic Ocean, edged with breathtaking broad sandy beaches. On this idyllic island cycle, shop, golf, play tennis, go dolphin watching and plunge into the multitude of water sports on offer.

Off the coast of Hilton Head, Beaufort is a charming town which together with its surrounding sea islands has rich history including African–American heritage.

Sixty miles of wide, soft sandy beaches, thrilling water sports, amusement parks, live entertainment and exciting nightlife, shopping and world–class golf — Myrtle Beach “offers everything for everyone”! With the highest concentration of attractions outside Orlando, the area is an ideal family vacation destination.

 

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The largest state east of the Mississippi River offers every attraction from modern to historical cities and beautiful northern mountains to southern beaches and islands.

Atlanta is one of the gateway cities to the South. With endless energy, big city sophistication and dynamic New South style, Atlanta is brimming with museums, activities, exciting nightlife and cultural entertainment including symphony, opera and ballet. Attractions include the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Six Flags theme park and the Coca Cola Museum.

Savannah is a city brimming with southern hospitality and striking historical landmarks. Founded in 1733 as the last British crown colony, Savannah was America’s first planned city. Hip and historic, robust and refined, Savannah is where you’ll find amazing architecture, mansions and rich history, along with beautiful parks and fabulous food. Hop aboard a trolley or horse–drawn carriage tour; rent a bike; or simply walk to discover and experience all
that Savannah has to offer.

Georgia’s far north, provides superb mountain scenery. Trek through Rock City’s natural formations, tour Ruby Falls, one of America’s deepest caves and largest underground waterfall and ride the Incline Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway.

Visit Georgia’s coast for its natural beauty and eco–tourism, but be sure to take in some of the most unique history and culture in the nation. Rice plantations, cotton plantations and colonies long gone have all existed on these unique islands. Brunswick, St Simons Island, Jekyll Island, St Mary’s and Cumberland Island are some of the many coastal islands available to explore.

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When you explore Kentucky, you can see where the Derby is run, where Kentucky Fried Chicken was created and where Kentucky bourbon is distilled.

Climb through Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system in the world. Stand beside Cumberland Falls, the only place in the Northern Hemisphere where you can see a regularly occurring moonbow! You can visit the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest American presidents. You also can tour the museum of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight boxer known around the world as “The Greatest”.

Kentucky is the horse capital of the world. Visit the Kentucky Horse Park, the only park in the world dedicated exclusively to horses. See live racing at one of the renowned racetracks or go behind the scenes with a farm tour. Visit the Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Museum. In the Lexington area you’re close to Keeneland, Midway with its one of a kind fine dining and shops and also world class horse farms and a multitude of area attractions.

No trip to Kentucky would be complete without experiencing the magic and science of distilling bourbon. A trip along the beautiful rolling hills of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail allows you to see how various distillers practice the art of producing “America’s native spirit”. The “Bluegrass State” has a rich and diverse musical heritage with deep routes not only in bluegrass but folk, blues, gospel, jazz, opera and pop. Bill Monroe is considered the “Father of Bluegrass Music”. His birthplace is just one of the many places to explore Kentucky’s musical heritage.

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Nashville is an amazing mixture of live music venues and historic antebellum architecture.

Check out the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B where the “Nashville Sound” was created. For a taste of the 50’s schedule a stop at Loveless Café.

You will be enchanted by the scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles Tennessee and North Carolina. The Chattahoochee National Forest contains pristine wilderness areas and the start of the Appalachian Trail which extends 2,175 miles to Maine!

In Chattanooga visit the Tennessee Aquarium, the famed Chattanooga Choo–Choo and the many art galleries in the city. Closeby is Lookout Mountain which provides with its incline railway a panoramic view of seven states! Thrill to the sound of thundering Ruby Falls, a spectacular underground waterfall.

Memphis is the birthplace of rock’n’roll and home of the blues. Tour Sun Studio where Elvis recorded his first record. It’s still an active recording studio. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum. A must see is of course Graceland — even if you are not a huge Elvis fan. Discover where BB King’s guitar was made at the Gibson Guitar Factory. Find out how black and white music was merged at the Stax Music Museum and the Smithsonian Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum highlights the origins of blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and gospel.

 

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Head to ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and discover all that this Deep South state has to offer!

No trip to the ‘Deep South’ is complete without a stay in Alabama. From the northern region with its scenic lakes and mountains, to the cities of Birmingham and Montgomery in the central state area, to historic Mobile and the lovely Gulf Beaches in the south, Alabama offers so much to see and do!

Birmingham is the largest city and is known for its role in the Civil Rights Movement. Stroll through historic downtown and visit the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and the staging ground for protest marches during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Alabama’s compact capital, Montgomery, designated the USA’s ‘Best Historic City’, dates back to 1861. Explore the First White House of the Confederacy, the Capitol Building, Old Alabama Town and landmarks of the Civil Rights movement.

Head north and you will find one of the more unexpected highlights of Alabama — the awe–inspiring US Space & Rocket Centre in Huntsville. Northern Alabama is also an area of natural beauty with 70% of the Lookout Mountain range lying here.

Southern Alabama is nestled along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico with sugar–sand beaches. You can hike miles of trails, go on a dolphin watching trip, or discover endless waterways via kayak.

 

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From the birthplace of Elvis Presley, to soaking up blues music, to civil war history, exploring Mississippi is an experience that touches everyone.

A blend of quaint towns and wide–open fields of cotton, it’s like stepping back in time. There must be something magic in this land with its depth of cultural richness that few places in the world can rival.

Known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music”, Mississippi has literally shaped the course of modern music with its contributions to blues, jazz, rock, country and gospel.

Lined by sandy white beaches and the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers 62 miles of scenic shoreline for you to discover. Take an eco–tour or go kayaking among the barrier islands, cycle along the stunning coastline, board the ferry and go snorkelling at Ship Island. Taste the unique and mouth–watering cuisine including seafood and southern BBQ.


Mississippi is steeped in history and heritage. The Natchez Trace Parkway, which runs 444 miles from Natchez to Nashville, is more than 8,000 years old. Originally ‘traced out’ by buffalo, the road was then travelled by traders, missionaries, early settlers and Indians. Civil War and Civil Rights history comes alive in The Capital/River region. Stately antebellum homes celebrate the romance of a bygone era while Civil War battlefields remind us of the more than 80,000 Mississippians who served as Confederate soldiers.

Mississippi’s culinary heritage has food to please every palate. From catfish to comeback sauce, from tamales to traditional Southern sweets, from shrimp to slugburgers to sweet potatoes, the state is home to award–winning chefs and some of the best home cooks and out of the way diners to be found anywhere.

 

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Visit one of the most fun and authentic cities in America, a place where centuries old architecture is the backdrop for a culture so invigorating it will rouse your spirit.

Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food and music. Stroll through historic neighbourhoods, tour the elegant Garden District, go to a jazz club, dine at world–class restaurants.

Go wherever you want to go in New Orleans via the extensive network of buses and street cars that winds throughout the ‘Crescent City’ from Uptown to Downtown, from mid–city across the Mississippi River.

Celebration is at the core of the New Orleans’ experience when you join in one of the unforgettable festivals held throughout the year staring with Mardi Gras, to food and drink, to theatre, film & the arts, to public holidays. The city’s unofficial motto is “let the good times roll” and you can certainly expect New Orleans to show you a good time any time of year.

Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food and music. Stroll through historic neighbourhoods, tour the elegant Garden District, go to a jazz club, dine at world–class restaurants.
Go wherever you want to go in New Orleans via the extensive network of buses and street cars that winds throughout the ‘Crescent City’ from Uptown to Downtown, from mid–city across the Mississippi River.
Celebration is at the core of the New Orleans’ experience when you join in one of the unforgettable festivals held throughout the year staring with
Mardi Gras, to food and drink, to theatre, film & the arts, to public holidays. The city’s unofficial motto is “let the good times roll” and you can certainly expect New Orleans to show you a good time any time of year.

 

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South Louisiana has a rich culture all of its own with grand sugar plantation houses, Cajun music & food and French language.

The art of Cajun cooking was perfected inside plantation kitchens. Antebellum plantations like Oak Alley, Houmas House, Laura: A Creole Plantation and Evergreen to name but a few on the Greater River Road near Baton Rouge, offers a glimpse into the unique history of Louisiana.

 

Nature abounds in Louisiana’s swamps and bayous. Cypress Island/Lake Martin Swamp, near Lafayette, is famous for its impressive scenic beauty and wildlife. Take an eco–swamp tour and see classic Louisiana swamps with alligators, egrets, herons, bayous and ancient cypress trees covered with Spanish moss.

A trip to Arkansas wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Hot Springs where world–famous therma waters flow into the historic downtown district of the city. About a million gallons of the 143°F water issue forth daily from 47 hot springs!

The state capital, Little Rock, offers travellers so much to do with an impressive array of museums including the Clinton Library, scenic byways to drive and state parks and mountains for outdoor adventure. Upstate Eureka Springs offers old–world charm and timeless leisure.

 

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Blessed by nature, this is a destination perfect to explore big landscapes and mighty rivers. From Virginia to Louisiana, you will discover a region of great contrasts from sun drenched beaches and rugged mountain.

Discover 17th Century towns with legacies of a bygone era of gentility, grace and decadence. Southern hospitality and delicious cuisine are yours to savour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fashionably retro Baltimore is just an hour from Washington and has a host of things to see and do.

Fell Point is lined with old warehouses converted into stylish shops, restaurants and bars. On the historic waterfront you can visit the fully rigged USS Constellation or explore a Second World War submarine. The Inner Harbor boasts more than 100 waterside restaurants and cafés.

Annapolis is the sailing capital of the US and is a vibrant centre for arts and culture. It has more than 20 art galleries. It is also home to the US Naval Academy where more than 4,000 midshipmen train to become naval officers. The narrow streets feature historic homes and restored buildings. The waterfront harbour allows for ship watching and harbour cruises.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore has many quaint villages and towns to explore. St Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge, Ellicott City and many more offer historic and picturesque towns and harbours with antique shops, ice cream parlours and cafés. The Brannock Maritime Museum, Dorchester Heritage Museum and Richardson Museum provide a wonderful insight to Chesapeake Bay’s maritime and aviation history.

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Fashionably retro Baltimore is just an hour from Washington and has a host of things to see and do.

Fell Point is lined with old warehouses converted into stylish shops, restaurants and bars. On the historic waterfront you can visit the fully rigged USS Constellation or explore a Second World War submarine. The Inner Harbor boasts more than 100 waterside restaurants and cafés.

Annapolis is the sailing capital of the US and is a vibrant centre for arts and culture. It has more than 20 art galleries. It is also home to the US Naval Academy where more than 4,000 midshipmen train to become naval officers. The narrow streets feature historic homes and restored buildings. The waterfront harbour allows for ship watching and harbour cruises.

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This Georgian 1842 Inn boasts luxurious rooms and public areas tastefully designed with antiques, tapestries, and paintings. A quaint garden courtyard greets guests for cocktails or breakfast.

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  • 19 rooms
  • Full breakfast
  • Downtown location
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The South is where you will find the world’s best in music, history, culture and sports. From Elvis’ Graceland to Mardi Gras, from The White House to grand plantation homes discover them all here.

Blessed by nature, this is a destination perfect to explore big landscapes and mighty rivers. From Virginia to Louisiana, you will discover a region of great contrasts from sun drenched beaches and rugged mountain.

Discover 17th Century towns with legacies of a bygone era of gentility, grace and decadence. Southern hospitality and delicious cuisine are yours to savour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Washington D.C. is full of famous historic sights and monuments, as well as the largest array of fascinating and free attractions.

Visit the White House, Capitol Hill, Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial… Then touch a moon rock, marvel at the Hope Diamond, view Dorothy’s Ruby Red slippers or explore Native American culture at the Smithsonian Institution.

Discover treasures like the Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress, the only da Vinci painting in North America at the National Gallery of Art and historic documents like the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives.

Away from the famous sites, Washington D.C. unwinds into a fascinating network of neighbourhoods with trendy boutiques, hip bars and restaurants, plus art galleries, historic homes and lush parks. Shoppers love thestore lined streets of Georgetown, while jazz music fans won’t want to miss a trip to U Street, where Duke Ellington played his first notes. The city’s international character shines through in its Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle neighbourhoods with eclectic dining and nightlife and the historic centre of the city’s embassy community.

Fashionably retro Baltimore is just an hour from DC. The historic waterfront is complete woth a WWII submarine, stylish shops, restaurants and bars, which are fun to explore. Dine on the freshest seafood including Maryland crab or catch a Baltimore Orioles baseball game.

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Fashionably retro Baltimore is just an hour from Washington and has a host of things to see and do.

Fell Point is lined with old warehouses converted into stylish shops, restaurants and bars. On the historic waterfront you can visit the fully rigged USS Constellation or explore a Second World War submarine. The Inner Harbor boasts more than 100 waterside restaurants and cafés.

Annapolis is the sailing capital of the US and is a vibrant centre for arts and culture. It has more than 20 art galleries. It is also home to the US Naval Academy where more than 4,000 midshipmen train to become naval officers. The narrow streets feature historic homes and restored buildings. The waterfront harbour allows for ship watching and harbour cruises.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore has many quaint villages and towns to explore. St Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge, Ellicott City and many more offer historic and picturesque towns and harbours with antique shops, ice cream parlours and cafés. The Brannock Maritime Museum, Dorchester Heritage Museum and Richardson Museum provide a wonderful insight to Chesapeake Bay’s maritime and aviation history.

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From the Shenandoah Valley to the Blue Ridge Mountains, here is a region of outdoor fun, America’s early history, wineries and more!

No trip to Virginia is complete without spending some time in the Williamsburg area known as the Historic Triangle. America’s first permanent English colony is preserved at Jamestowne, a living history museum providing a glimpse of life in 1607. In Colonial Williamsburg experience the sights and sounds of the 18th Century, with the townsfolk in character as the butcher, baker and candlestick maker of the day! At Yorktown, you’ll discover the lives of people who witnessed the Revolution there and walk the ground where America’s independence battle was won in 1781.

Virginia stretches from pristine sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean to the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains and stunning Shenandoah Valley. Scenic drives include the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, just 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail; drive the Blue Ridge Parkway; see natural attractions like Luray Caverns.

West Virginia is an outdoor lover’s paradise with its lush mountains, white–water rivers and endless forests — it’s ‘Wild and Wonderful’! Relax in a hot mineral spring at a top–notch spa or play a round of golf. The people are welcoming and there’s a lively food and craft beer scene to enjoy. Delve into the history of the American Civil War at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. In the New River Gorge National Park, enjoy a whitewater adventure of a lifetime.

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From mountains to coast, North Carolina is full of natural treasures, wonderful panoramas, historic small towns and Southern charm.

Asheville is a charismatic city surrounded by extraordinary nature including the Blue Ridge Parkway, ‘America’s Favourite Drive’ with mile after mile of panoramic vistas. Asheville is full of arts and crafts, Southern friendliness, restaurants and Art Deco architecture.

The dynamic cities of Charlotte and Raleigh–Durham will surprise you. In Charlotte, step aboard the Historic Charlotte Trolley, ride a roller–coaster at Carowinds Theme Park, explore the newly opened NASCAR Hall of Fame or stroll along the tree–lined streets of Dilworth and experience Southern hospitality. Raleigh–Durham blends the old with the new. Home to many of North Carolina’s nationally famous restaurants, unique shopping in resurrected tobacco warehouses and North Carolina’s state capitol.

The gateway to North Carolina’s coast is the charming small city of Wilmington. Wilmington has many attractions such as the Battleship North Carolina, Airlie Gardens and Screen Gem Studios, where TV shows such as Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill were filmed. It has become a popular destination because of its moderate climate, historic preservation district and annual events such as Riverfest and the Azalea.

The Outer Banks is a 130 mile chain of barrier islands that are so different from any other destination on the East Coast. Legendary for its beautiful beaches, the area is home to huge migrating dunes and the perfect location for unique adventures. Hang gliding, kayaking, natural beaches, lighthouses, cultural and historical sites. The Wright Brothers National Memorial located in Kill Devil Hills commemorates the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

 

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South Carolina is known for its beaches, sea islands, historic plantation houses and the treasured city of Charleston with its paste coloured stately homes.

Charleston is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, with a rich 300 year heritage. The first decisive American victory during the Revolution, the first regularly scheduled passenger train service in America, the initial shots of the Civil War — Charleston is steeped in history. Step back in time and stroll the cobblestone streets of the historic district. Visit the plantation homes, tour the war related sites like Ft. Sumter or experience the magnificent South Carolina Aquarium.

To the south of Charleston, Hilton Head’s 42 square miles are lapped by gentle waters of the Atlantic Ocean, edged with breathtaking broad sandy beaches. On this idyllic island cycle, shop, golf, play tennis, go dolphin watching and plunge into the multitude of water sports on offer.

Off the coast of Hilton Head, Beaufort is a charming town which together with its surrounding sea islands has rich history including African–American heritage.

Sixty miles of wide, soft sandy beaches, thrilling water sports, amusement parks, live entertainment and exciting nightlife, shopping and world–class golf — Myrtle Beach “offers everything for everyone”! With the highest concentration of attractions outside Orlando, the area is an ideal family vacation destination.

 

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The largest state east of the Mississippi River offers every attraction from modern to historical cities and beautiful northern mountains to southern beaches and islands.

Atlanta is one of the gateway cities to the South. With endless energy, big city sophistication and dynamic New South style, Atlanta is brimming with museums, activities, exciting nightlife and cultural entertainment including symphony, opera and ballet. Attractions include the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Six Flags theme park and the Coca Cola Museum.

Savannah is a city brimming with southern hospitality and striking historical landmarks. Founded in 1733 as the last British crown colony, Savannah was America’s first planned city. Hip and historic, robust and refined, Savannah is where you’ll find amazing architecture, mansions and rich history, along with beautiful parks and fabulous food. Hop aboard a trolley or horse–drawn carriage tour; rent a bike; or simply walk to discover and experience all
that Savannah has to offer.

Georgia’s far north, provides superb mountain scenery. Trek through Rock City’s natural formations, tour Ruby Falls, one of America’s deepest caves and largest underground waterfall and ride the Incline Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway.

Visit Georgia’s coast for its natural beauty and eco–tourism, but be sure to take in some of the most unique history and culture in the nation. Rice plantations, cotton plantations and colonies long gone have all existed on these unique islands. Brunswick, St Simons Island, Jekyll Island, St Mary’s and Cumberland Island are some of the many coastal islands available to explore.

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When you explore Kentucky, you can see where the Derby is run, where Kentucky Fried Chicken was created and where Kentucky bourbon is distilled.

Climb through Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system in the world. Stand beside Cumberland Falls, the only place in the Northern Hemisphere where you can see a regularly occurring moonbow! You can visit the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest American presidents. You also can tour the museum of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight boxer known around the world as “The Greatest”.

Kentucky is the horse capital of the world. Visit the Kentucky Horse Park, the only park in the world dedicated exclusively to horses. See live racing at one of the renowned racetracks or go behind the scenes with a farm tour. Visit the Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Museum. In the Lexington area you’re close to Keeneland, Midway with its one of a kind fine dining and shops and also world class horse farms and a multitude of area attractions.

No trip to Kentucky would be complete without experiencing the magic and science of distilling bourbon. A trip along the beautiful rolling hills of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail allows you to see how various distillers practice the art of producing “America’s native spirit”. The “Bluegrass State” has a rich and diverse musical heritage with deep routes not only in bluegrass but folk, blues, gospel, jazz, opera and pop. Bill Monroe is considered the “Father of Bluegrass Music”. His birthplace is just one of the many places to explore Kentucky’s musical heritage.

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Nashville is an amazing mixture of live music venues and historic antebellum architecture.

Check out the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B where the “Nashville Sound” was created. For a taste of the 50’s schedule a stop at Loveless Café.

You will be enchanted by the scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles Tennessee and North Carolina. The Chattahoochee National Forest contains pristine wilderness areas and the start of the Appalachian Trail which extends 2,175 miles to Maine!

In Chattanooga visit the Tennessee Aquarium, the famed Chattanooga Choo–Choo and the many art galleries in the city. Closeby is Lookout Mountain which provides with its incline railway a panoramic view of seven states! Thrill to the sound of thundering Ruby Falls, a spectacular underground waterfall.

Memphis is the birthplace of rock’n’roll and home of the blues. Tour Sun Studio where Elvis recorded his first record. It’s still an active recording studio. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum. A must see is of course Graceland — even if you are not a huge Elvis fan. Discover where BB King’s guitar was made at the Gibson Guitar Factory. Find out how black and white music was merged at the Stax Music Museum and the Smithsonian Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum highlights the origins of blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and gospel.

 

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Head to ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and discover all that this Deep South state has to offer!

No trip to the ‘Deep South’ is complete without a stay in Alabama. From the northern region with its scenic lakes and mountains, to the cities of Birmingham and Montgomery in the central state area, to historic Mobile and the lovely Gulf Beaches in the south, Alabama offers so much to see and do!

Birmingham is the largest city and is known for its role in the Civil Rights Movement. Stroll through historic downtown and visit the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and the staging ground for protest marches during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Alabama’s compact capital, Montgomery, designated the USA’s ‘Best Historic City’, dates back to 1861. Explore the First White House of the Confederacy, the Capitol Building, Old Alabama Town and landmarks of the Civil Rights movement.

Head north and you will find one of the more unexpected highlights of Alabama — the awe–inspiring US Space & Rocket Centre in Huntsville. Northern Alabama is also an area of natural beauty with 70% of the Lookout Mountain range lying here.

Southern Alabama is nestled along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico with sugar–sand beaches. You can hike miles of trails, go on a dolphin watching trip, or discover endless waterways via kayak.

 

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From the birthplace of Elvis Presley, to soaking up blues music, to civil war history, exploring Mississippi is an experience that touches everyone.

A blend of quaint towns and wide–open fields of cotton, it’s like stepping back in time. There must be something magic in this land with its depth of cultural richness that few places in the world can rival.

Known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music”, Mississippi has literally shaped the course of modern music with its contributions to blues, jazz, rock, country and gospel.

Lined by sandy white beaches and the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers 62 miles of scenic shoreline for you to discover. Take an eco–tour or go kayaking among the barrier islands, cycle along the stunning coastline, board the ferry and go snorkelling at Ship Island. Taste the unique and mouth–watering cuisine including seafood and southern BBQ.


Mississippi is steeped in history and heritage. The Natchez Trace Parkway, which runs 444 miles from Natchez to Nashville, is more than 8,000 years old. Originally ‘traced out’ by buffalo, the road was then travelled by traders, missionaries, early settlers and Indians. Civil War and Civil Rights history comes alive in The Capital/River region. Stately antebellum homes celebrate the romance of a bygone era while Civil War battlefields remind us of the more than 80,000 Mississippians who served as Confederate soldiers.

Mississippi’s culinary heritage has food to please every palate. From catfish to comeback sauce, from tamales to traditional Southern sweets, from shrimp to slugburgers to sweet potatoes, the state is home to award–winning chefs and some of the best home cooks and out of the way diners to be found anywhere.

 

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Visit one of the most fun and authentic cities in America, a place where centuries old architecture is the backdrop for a culture so invigorating it will rouse your spirit.

Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food and music. Stroll through historic neighbourhoods, tour the elegant Garden District, go to a jazz club, dine at world–class restaurants.

Go wherever you want to go in New Orleans via the extensive network of buses and street cars that winds throughout the ‘Crescent City’ from Uptown to Downtown, from mid–city across the Mississippi River.

Celebration is at the core of the New Orleans’ experience when you join in one of the unforgettable festivals held throughout the year staring with Mardi Gras, to food and drink, to theatre, film & the arts, to public holidays. The city’s unofficial motto is “let the good times roll” and you can certainly expect New Orleans to show you a good time any time of year.

Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food and music. Stroll through historic neighbourhoods, tour the elegant Garden District, go to a jazz club, dine at world–class restaurants.
Go wherever you want to go in New Orleans via the extensive network of buses and street cars that winds throughout the ‘Crescent City’ from Uptown to Downtown, from mid–city across the Mississippi River.
Celebration is at the core of the New Orleans’ experience when you join in one of the unforgettable festivals held throughout the year staring with
Mardi Gras, to food and drink, to theatre, film & the arts, to public holidays. The city’s unofficial motto is “let the good times roll” and you can certainly expect New Orleans to show you a good time any time of year.

 

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South Louisiana has a rich culture all of its own with grand sugar plantation houses, Cajun music & food and French language.

The art of Cajun cooking was perfected inside plantation kitchens. Antebellum plantations like Oak Alley, Houmas House, Laura: A Creole Plantation and Evergreen to name but a few on the Greater River Road near Baton Rouge, offers a glimpse into the unique history of Louisiana.

 

Nature abounds in Louisiana’s swamps and bayous. Cypress Island/Lake Martin Swamp, near Lafayette, is famous for its impressive scenic beauty and wildlife. Take an eco–swamp tour and see classic Louisiana swamps with alligators, egrets, herons, bayous and ancient cypress trees covered with Spanish moss.

A trip to Arkansas wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Hot Springs where world–famous therma waters flow into the historic downtown district of the city. About a million gallons of the 143°F water issue forth daily from 47 hot springs!

The state capital, Little Rock, offers travellers so much to do with an impressive array of museums including the Clinton Library, scenic byways to drive and state parks and mountains for outdoor adventure. Upstate Eureka Springs offers old–world charm and timeless leisure.

 

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The South is where you will find the world’s best in music, history, culture and sports. From Elvis’ Graceland to Mardi Gras, from The White House to grand plantation homes discover them all here.

Blessed by nature, this is a destination perfect to explore big landscapes and mighty rivers. From Virginia to Louisiana, you will discover a region of great contrasts from sun drenched beaches and rugged mountain.

Discover 17th Century towns with legacies of a bygone era of gentility, grace and decadence. Southern hospitality and delicious cuisine are yours to savour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The largest state east of the Mississippi River offers every attraction from modern to historical cities and beautiful northern mountains to southern beaches and islands.

Atlanta is one of the gateway cities to the South. With endless energy, big city sophistication and dynamic New South style, Atlanta is brimming with museums, activities, exciting nightlife and cultural entertainment including symphony, opera and ballet. Attractions include the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Six Flags theme park and the Coca Cola Museum.

Savannah is a city brimming with southern hospitality and striking historical landmarks. Founded in 1733 as the last British crown colony, Savannah was America’s first planned city. Hip and historic, robust and refined, Savannah is where you’ll find amazing architecture, mansions and rich history, along with beautiful parks and fabulous food. Hop aboard a trolley or horse–drawn carriage tour; rent a bike; or simply walk to discover and experience all
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Georgia’s far north, provides superb mountain scenery. Trek through Rock City’s natural formations, tour Ruby Falls, one of America’s deepest caves and largest underground waterfall and ride the Incline Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway.

Visit Georgia’s coast for its natural beauty and eco–tourism, but be sure to take in some of the most unique history and culture in the nation. Rice plantations, cotton plantations and colonies long gone have all existed on these unique islands. Brunswick, St Simons Island, Jekyll Island, St Mary’s and Cumberland Island are some of the many coastal islands available to explore.

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The largest state east of the Mississippi River offers every attraction from modern to historical cities and beautiful northern mountains to southern beaches and islands.

Atlanta is one of the gateway cities to the South. With endless energy, big city sophistication and dynamic New South style, Atlanta is brimming with museums, activities, exciting nightlife and cultural entertainment including symphony, opera and ballet. Attractions include the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Six Flags theme park and the Coca Cola Museum.

Savannah is a city brimming with southern hospitality and striking historical landmarks. Founded in 1733 as the last British crown colony, Savannah was America’s first planned city. Hip and historic, robust and refined, Savannah is where you’ll find amazing architecture, mansions and rich history, along with beautiful parks and fabulous food. Hop aboard a trolley or horse–drawn carriage tour; rent a bike; or simply walk to discover and experience all
that Savannah has to offer.

Georgia’s far north, provides superb mountain scenery. Trek through Rock City’s natural formations, tour Ruby Falls, one of America’s deepest caves and largest underground waterfall and ride the Incline Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway.

Visit Georgia’s coast for its natural beauty and eco–tourism, but be sure to take in some of the most unique history and culture in the nation. Rice plantations, cotton plantations and colonies long gone have all existed on these unique islands. Brunswick, St Simons Island, Jekyll Island, St Mary’s and Cumberland Island are some of the many coastal islands available to explore.

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A boutique Inn close to the city’s historic and vibrant downtown. The distinctive guest rooms are handsomely furnished with plush bedding; many have a fireplace, Jacuzzi or private entrance.

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  • 11 rooms
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  • Walk to downtown
  • 4 Diamond rating
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The South is where you will find the world’s best in music, history, culture and sports. From Elvis’ Graceland to Mardi Gras, from The White House to grand plantation homes discover them all here.

Blessed by nature, this is a destination perfect to explore big landscapes and mighty rivers. From Virginia to Louisiana, you will discover a region of great contrasts from sun drenched beaches and rugged mountain.

Discover 17th Century towns with legacies of a bygone era of gentility, grace and decadence. Southern hospitality and delicious cuisine are yours to savour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Washington D.C. is full of famous historic sights and monuments, as well as the largest array of fascinating and free attractions.

Visit the White House, Capitol Hill, Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial… Then touch a moon rock, marvel at the Hope Diamond, view Dorothy’s Ruby Red slippers or explore Native American culture at the Smithsonian Institution.

Discover treasures like the Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress, the only da Vinci painting in North America at the National Gallery of Art and historic documents like the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives.

Away from the famous sites, Washington D.C. unwinds into a fascinating network of neighbourhoods with trendy boutiques, hip bars and restaurants, plus art galleries, historic homes and lush parks. Shoppers love thestore lined streets of Georgetown, while jazz music fans won’t want to miss a trip to U Street, where Duke Ellington played his first notes. The city’s international character shines through in its Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle neighbourhoods with eclectic dining and nightlife and the historic centre of the city’s embassy community.

Fashionably retro Baltimore is just an hour from DC. The historic waterfront is complete woth a WWII submarine, stylish shops, restaurants and bars, which are fun to explore. Dine on the freshest seafood including Maryland crab or catch a Baltimore Orioles baseball game.

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Fashionably retro Baltimore is just an hour from Washington and has a host of things to see and do.

Fell Point is lined with old warehouses converted into stylish shops, restaurants and bars. On the historic waterfront you can visit the fully rigged USS Constellation or explore a Second World War submarine. The Inner Harbor boasts more than 100 waterside restaurants and cafés.

Annapolis is the sailing capital of the US and is a vibrant centre for arts and culture. It has more than 20 art galleries. It is also home to the US Naval Academy where more than 4,000 midshipmen train to become naval officers. The narrow streets feature historic homes and restored buildings. The waterfront harbour allows for ship watching and harbour cruises.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore has many quaint villages and towns to explore. St Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge, Ellicott City and many more offer historic and picturesque towns and harbours with antique shops, ice cream parlours and cafés. The Brannock Maritime Museum, Dorchester Heritage Museum and Richardson Museum provide a wonderful insight to Chesapeake Bay’s maritime and aviation history.

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From the Shenandoah Valley to the Blue Ridge Mountains, here is a region of outdoor fun, America’s early history, wineries and more!

No trip to Virginia is complete without spending some time in the Williamsburg area known as the Historic Triangle. America’s first permanent English colony is preserved at Jamestowne, a living history museum providing a glimpse of life in 1607. In Colonial Williamsburg experience the sights and sounds of the 18th Century, with the townsfolk in character as the butcher, baker and candlestick maker of the day! At Yorktown, you’ll discover the lives of people who witnessed the Revolution there and walk the ground where America’s independence battle was won in 1781.

Virginia stretches from pristine sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean to the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains and stunning Shenandoah Valley. Scenic drives include the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, just 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail; drive the Blue Ridge Parkway; see natural attractions like Luray Caverns.

West Virginia is an outdoor lover’s paradise with its lush mountains, white–water rivers and endless forests — it’s ‘Wild and Wonderful’! Relax in a hot mineral spring at a top–notch spa or play a round of golf. The people are welcoming and there’s a lively food and craft beer scene to enjoy. Delve into the history of the American Civil War at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. In the New River Gorge National Park, enjoy a whitewater adventure of a lifetime.

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From mountains to coast, North Carolina is full of natural treasures, wonderful panoramas, historic small towns and Southern charm.

Asheville is a charismatic city surrounded by extraordinary nature including the Blue Ridge Parkway, ‘America’s Favourite Drive’ with mile after mile of panoramic vistas. Asheville is full of arts and crafts, Southern friendliness, restaurants and Art Deco architecture.

The dynamic cities of Charlotte and Raleigh–Durham will surprise you. In Charlotte, step aboard the Historic Charlotte Trolley, ride a roller–coaster at Carowinds Theme Park, explore the newly opened NASCAR Hall of Fame or stroll along the tree–lined streets of Dilworth and experience Southern hospitality. Raleigh–Durham blends the old with the new. Home to many of North Carolina’s nationally famous restaurants, unique shopping in resurrected tobacco warehouses and North Carolina’s state capitol.

The gateway to North Carolina’s coast is the charming small city of Wilmington. Wilmington has many attractions such as the Battleship North Carolina, Airlie Gardens and Screen Gem Studios, where TV shows such as Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill were filmed. It has become a popular destination because of its moderate climate, historic preservation district and annual events such as Riverfest and the Azalea.

The Outer Banks is a 130 mile chain of barrier islands that are so different from any other destination on the East Coast. Legendary for its beautiful beaches, the area is home to huge migrating dunes and the perfect location for unique adventures. Hang gliding, kayaking, natural beaches, lighthouses, cultural and historical sites. The Wright Brothers National Memorial located in Kill Devil Hills commemorates the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

 

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South Carolina is known for its beaches, sea islands, historic plantation houses and the treasured city of Charleston with its paste coloured stately homes.

Charleston is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, with a rich 300 year heritage. The first decisive American victory during the Revolution, the first regularly scheduled passenger train service in America, the initial shots of the Civil War — Charleston is steeped in history. Step back in time and stroll the cobblestone streets of the historic district. Visit the plantation homes, tour the war related sites like Ft. Sumter or experience the magnificent South Carolina Aquarium.

To the south of Charleston, Hilton Head’s 42 square miles are lapped by gentle waters of the Atlantic Ocean, edged with breathtaking broad sandy beaches. On this idyllic island cycle, shop, golf, play tennis, go dolphin watching and plunge into the multitude of water sports on offer.

Off the coast of Hilton Head, Beaufort is a charming town which together with its surrounding sea islands has rich history including African–American heritage.

Sixty miles of wide, soft sandy beaches, thrilling water sports, amusement parks, live entertainment and exciting nightlife, shopping and world–class golf — Myrtle Beach “offers everything for everyone”! With the highest concentration of attractions outside Orlando, the area is an ideal family vacation destination.

 

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The largest state east of the Mississippi River offers every attraction from modern to historical cities and beautiful northern mountains to southern beaches and islands.

Atlanta is one of the gateway cities to the South. With endless energy, big city sophistication and dynamic New South style, Atlanta is brimming with museums, activities, exciting nightlife and cultural entertainment including symphony, opera and ballet. Attractions include the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Six Flags theme park and the Coca Cola Museum.

Savannah is a city brimming with southern hospitality and striking historical landmarks. Founded in 1733 as the last British crown colony, Savannah was America’s first planned city. Hip and historic, robust and refined, Savannah is where you’ll find amazing architecture, mansions and rich history, along with beautiful parks and fabulous food. Hop aboard a trolley or horse–drawn carriage tour; rent a bike; or simply walk to discover and experience all
that Savannah has to offer.

Georgia’s far north, provides superb mountain scenery. Trek through Rock City’s natural formations, tour Ruby Falls, one of America’s deepest caves and largest underground waterfall and ride the Incline Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway.

Visit Georgia’s coast for its natural beauty and eco–tourism, but be sure to take in some of the most unique history and culture in the nation. Rice plantations, cotton plantations and colonies long gone have all existed on these unique islands. Brunswick, St Simons Island, Jekyll Island, St Mary’s and Cumberland Island are some of the many coastal islands available to explore.

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When you explore Kentucky, you can see where the Derby is run, where Kentucky Fried Chicken was created and where Kentucky bourbon is distilled.

Climb through Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system in the world. Stand beside Cumberland Falls, the only place in the Northern Hemisphere where you can see a regularly occurring moonbow! You can visit the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest American presidents. You also can tour the museum of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight boxer known around the world as “The Greatest”.

Kentucky is the horse capital of the world. Visit the Kentucky Horse Park, the only park in the world dedicated exclusively to horses. See live racing at one of the renowned racetracks or go behind the scenes with a farm tour. Visit the Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Museum. In the Lexington area you’re close to Keeneland, Midway with its one of a kind fine dining and shops and also world class horse farms and a multitude of area attractions.

No trip to Kentucky would be complete without experiencing the magic and science of distilling bourbon. A trip along the beautiful rolling hills of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail allows you to see how various distillers practice the art of producing “America’s native spirit”. The “Bluegrass State” has a rich and diverse musical heritage with deep routes not only in bluegrass but folk, blues, gospel, jazz, opera and pop. Bill Monroe is considered the “Father of Bluegrass Music”. His birthplace is just one of the many places to explore Kentucky’s musical heritage.

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Nashville is an amazing mixture of live music venues and historic antebellum architecture.

Check out the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B where the “Nashville Sound” was created. For a taste of the 50’s schedule a stop at Loveless Café.

You will be enchanted by the scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles Tennessee and North Carolina. The Chattahoochee National Forest contains pristine wilderness areas and the start of the Appalachian Trail which extends 2,175 miles to Maine!

In Chattanooga visit the Tennessee Aquarium, the famed Chattanooga Choo–Choo and the many art galleries in the city. Closeby is Lookout Mountain which provides with its incline railway a panoramic view of seven states! Thrill to the sound of thundering Ruby Falls, a spectacular underground waterfall.

Memphis is the birthplace of rock’n’roll and home of the blues. Tour Sun Studio where Elvis recorded his first record. It’s still an active recording studio. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum. A must see is of course Graceland — even if you are not a huge Elvis fan. Discover where BB King’s guitar was made at the Gibson Guitar Factory. Find out how black and white music was merged at the Stax Music Museum and the Smithsonian Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum highlights the origins of blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and gospel.

 

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Head to ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and discover all that this Deep South state has to offer!

No trip to the ‘Deep South’ is complete without a stay in Alabama. From the northern region with its scenic lakes and mountains, to the cities of Birmingham and Montgomery in the central state area, to historic Mobile and the lovely Gulf Beaches in the south, Alabama offers so much to see and do!

Birmingham is the largest city and is known for its role in the Civil Rights Movement. Stroll through historic downtown and visit the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and the staging ground for protest marches during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Alabama’s compact capital, Montgomery, designated the USA’s ‘Best Historic City’, dates back to 1861. Explore the First White House of the Confederacy, the Capitol Building, Old Alabama Town and landmarks of the Civil Rights movement.

Head north and you will find one of the more unexpected highlights of Alabama — the awe–inspiring US Space & Rocket Centre in Huntsville. Northern Alabama is also an area of natural beauty with 70% of the Lookout Mountain range lying here.

Southern Alabama is nestled along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico with sugar–sand beaches. You can hike miles of trails, go on a dolphin watching trip, or discover endless waterways via kayak.

 

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From the birthplace of Elvis Presley, to soaking up blues music, to civil war history, exploring Mississippi is an experience that touches everyone.

A blend of quaint towns and wide–open fields of cotton, it’s like stepping back in time. There must be something magic in this land with its depth of cultural richness that few places in the world can rival.

Known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music”, Mississippi has literally shaped the course of modern music with its contributions to blues, jazz, rock, country and gospel.

Lined by sandy white beaches and the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers 62 miles of scenic shoreline for you to discover. Take an eco–tour or go kayaking among the barrier islands, cycle along the stunning coastline, board the ferry and go snorkelling at Ship Island. Taste the unique and mouth–watering cuisine including seafood and southern BBQ.


Mississippi is steeped in history and heritage. The Natchez Trace Parkway, which runs 444 miles from Natchez to Nashville, is more than 8,000 years old. Originally ‘traced out’ by buffalo, the road was then travelled by traders, missionaries, early settlers and Indians. Civil War and Civil Rights history comes alive in The Capital/River region. Stately antebellum homes celebrate the romance of a bygone era while Civil War battlefields remind us of the more than 80,000 Mississippians who served as Confederate soldiers.

Mississippi’s culinary heritage has food to please every palate. From catfish to comeback sauce, from tamales to traditional Southern sweets, from shrimp to slugburgers to sweet potatoes, the state is home to award–winning chefs and some of the best home cooks and out of the way diners to be found anywhere.

 

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Visit one of the most fun and authentic cities in America, a place where centuries old architecture is the backdrop for a culture so invigorating it will rouse your spirit.

Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food and music. Stroll through historic neighbourhoods, tour the elegant Garden District, go to a jazz club, dine at world–class restaurants.

Go wherever you want to go in New Orleans via the extensive network of buses and street cars that winds throughout the ‘Crescent City’ from Uptown to Downtown, from mid–city across the Mississippi River.

Celebration is at the core of the New Orleans’ experience when you join in one of the unforgettable festivals held throughout the year staring with Mardi Gras, to food and drink, to theatre, film & the arts, to public holidays. The city’s unofficial motto is “let the good times roll” and you can certainly expect New Orleans to show you a good time any time of year.

Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, New Orleans is a melting pot of culture, food and music. Stroll through historic neighbourhoods, tour the elegant Garden District, go to a jazz club, dine at world–class restaurants.
Go wherever you want to go in New Orleans via the extensive network of buses and street cars that winds throughout the ‘Crescent City’ from Uptown to Downtown, from mid–city across the Mississippi River.
Celebration is at the core of the New Orleans’ experience when you join in one of the unforgettable festivals held throughout the year staring with
Mardi Gras, to food and drink, to theatre, film & the arts, to public holidays. The city’s unofficial motto is “let the good times roll” and you can certainly expect New Orleans to show you a good time any time of year.

 

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South Louisiana has a rich culture all of its own with grand sugar plantation houses, Cajun music & food and French language.

The art of Cajun cooking was perfected inside plantation kitchens. Antebellum plantations like Oak Alley, Houmas House, Laura: A Creole Plantation and Evergreen to name but a few on the Greater River Road near Baton Rouge, offers a glimpse into the unique history of Louisiana.

 

Nature abounds in Louisiana’s swamps and bayous. Cypress Island/Lake Martin Swamp, near Lafayette, is famous for its impressive scenic beauty and wildlife. Take an eco–swamp tour and see classic Louisiana swamps with alligators, egrets, herons, bayous and ancient cypress trees covered with Spanish moss.

A trip to Arkansas wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Hot Springs where world–famous therma waters flow into the historic downtown district of the city. About a million gallons of the 143°F water issue forth daily from 47 hot springs!

The state capital, Little Rock, offers travellers so much to do with an impressive array of museums including the Clinton Library, scenic byways to drive and state parks and mountains for outdoor adventure. Upstate Eureka Springs offers old–world charm and timeless leisure.

 

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The South is where you will find the world’s best in music, history, culture and sports. From Elvis’ Graceland to Mardi Gras, from The White House to grand plantation homes discover them all here.

Blessed by nature, this is a destination perfect to explore big landscapes and mighty rivers. From Virginia to Louisiana, you will discover a region of great contrasts from sun drenched beaches and rugged mountain.

Discover 17th Century towns with legacies of a bygone era of gentility, grace and decadence. Southern hospitality and delicious cuisine are yours to savour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From mountains to coast, North Carolina is full of natural treasures, wonderful panoramas, historic small towns and Southern charm.

Asheville is a charismatic city surrounded by extraordinary nature including the Blue Ridge Parkway, ‘America’s Favourite Drive’ with mile after mile of panoramic vistas. Asheville is full of arts and crafts, Southern friendliness, restaurants and Art Deco architecture.

The dynamic cities of Charlotte and Raleigh–Durham will surprise you. In Charlotte, step aboard the Historic Charlotte Trolley, ride a roller–coaster at Carowinds Theme Park, explore the newly opened NASCAR Hall of Fame or stroll along the tree–lined streets of Dilworth and experience Southern hospitality. Raleigh–Durham blends the old with the new. Home to many of North Carolina’s nationally famous restaurants, unique shopping in resurrected tobacco warehouses and North Carolina’s state capitol.

The gateway to North Carolina’s coast is the charming small city of Wilmington. Wilmington has many attractions such as the Battleship North Carolina, Airlie Gardens and Screen Gem Studios, where TV shows such as Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill were filmed. It has become a popular destination because of its moderate climate, historic preservation district and annual events such as Riverfest and the Azalea.

The Outer Banks is a 130 mile chain of barrier islands that are so different from any other destination on the East Coast. Legendary for its beautiful beaches, the area is home to huge migrating dunes and the perfect location for unique adventures. Hang gliding, kayaking, natural beaches, lighthouses, cultural and historical sites. The Wright Brothers National Memorial located in Kill Devil Hills commemorates the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

 

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From mountains to coast, North Carolina is full of natural treasures, wonderful panoramas, historic small towns and Southern charm.

Asheville is a charismatic city surrounded by extraordinary nature including the Blue Ridge Parkway, ‘America’s Favourite Drive’ with mile after mile of panoramic vistas. Asheville is full of arts and crafts, Southern friendliness, restaurants and Art Deco architecture.

The dynamic cities of Charlotte and Raleigh–Durham will surprise you. In Charlotte, step aboard the Historic Charlotte Trolley, ride a roller–coaster at Carowinds Theme Park, explore the newly opened NASCAR Hall of Fame or stroll along the tree–lined streets of Dilworth and experience Southern hospitality. Raleigh–Durham blends the old with the new. Home to many of North Carolina’s nationally famous restaurants, unique shopping in resurrected tobacco warehouses and North Carolina’s state capitol.

The gateway to North Carolina’s coast is the charming small city of Wilmington. Wilmington has many attractions such as the Battleship North Carolina, Airlie Gardens and Screen Gem Studios, where TV shows such as Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill were filmed. It has become a popular destination because of its moderate climate, historic preservation district and annual events such as Riverfest and the Azalea.

The Outer Banks is a 130 mile chain of barrier islands that are so different from any other destination on the East Coast. Legendary for its beautiful beaches, the area is home to huge migrating dunes and the perfect location for unique adventures. Hang gliding, kayaking, natural beaches, lighthouses, cultural and historical sites. The Wright Brothers National Memorial located in Kill Devil Hills commemorates the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

 

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On Main Street, this Victorian–esque home built in 1890 offers modern comforts close to history museums. King beds, antiques, luxurious linens and oriental rugs adorn the bedrooms.

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  • 3 rooms
  • Full breakfast
  • Central location
  • Under a mile to Civil War battlefield
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The South is where you will find the world’s best in music, history, culture and sports. From Elvis’ Graceland to Mardi Gras, from The White House to grand plantation homes discover them all here.

Blessed by nature, this is a destination perfect to explore big landscapes and mighty rivers. From Virginia to Louisiana, you will discover a region of great contrasts from sun drenched beaches and rugged mountain.

Discover 17th Century towns with legacies of a bygone era of gentility, grace and decadence. Southern hospitality and delicious cuisine are yours to savour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Washington D.C. is full of famous historic sights and monuments, as well as the largest array of fascinating and free attractions.

Visit the White House, Capitol Hill, Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial… Then touch a moon rock, marvel at the Hope Diamond, view Dorothy’s Ruby Red slippers or explore Native American culture at the Smithsonian Institution.

Discover treasures like the Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress, the only da Vinci painting in North America at the National Gallery of Art and historic documents like the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives.

Away from the famous sites, Washington D.C. unwinds into a fascinating network of neighbourhoods with trendy boutiques, hip bars and restaurants, plus art galleries, historic homes and lush parks. Shoppers love thestore lined streets of Georgetown, while jazz music fans won’t want to miss a trip to U Street, where Duke Ellington played his first notes. The city’s international character shines through in its Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle neighbourhoods with eclectic dining and nightlife and the historic centre of the city’s embassy community.

Fashionably retro Baltimore is just an hour from DC. The historic waterfront is complete woth a WWII submarine, stylish shops, restaurants and bars, which are fun to explore. Dine on the freshest seafood including Maryland crab or catch a Baltimore Orioles baseball game.

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Fashionably retro Baltimore is just an hour from Washington and has a host of things to see and do.

Fell Point is lined with old warehouses converted into stylish shops, restaurants and bars. On the historic waterfront you can visit the fully rigged USS Constellation or explore a Second World War submarine. The Inner Harbor boasts more than 100 waterside restaurants and cafés.

Annapolis is the sailing capital of the US and is a vibrant centre for arts and culture. It has more than 20 art galleries. It is also home to the US Naval Academy where more than 4,000 midshipmen train to become naval officers. The narrow streets feature historic homes and restored buildings. The waterfront harbour allows for ship watching and harbour cruises.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore has many quaint villages and towns to explore. St Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge, Ellicott City and many more offer historic and picturesque towns and harbours with antique shops, ice cream parlours and cafés. The Brannock Maritime Museum, Dorchester Heritage Museum and Richardson Museum provide a wonderful insight to Chesapeake Bay’s maritime and aviation history.

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From the Shenandoah Valley to the Blue Ridge Mountains, here is a region of outdoor fun, America’s early history, wineries and more!

No trip to Virginia is complete without spending some time in the Williamsburg area known as the Historic Triangle. America’s first permanent English colony is preserved at Jamestowne, a living history museum providing a glimpse of life in 1607. In Colonial Williamsburg experience the sights and sounds of the 18th Century, with the townsfolk in character as the butcher, baker and candlestick maker of the day! At Yorktown, you’ll discover the lives of people who witnessed the Revolution there and walk the ground where America’s independence battle was won in 1781.

Virginia stretches from pristine sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean to the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains and stunning Shenandoah Valley. Scenic drives include the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, just 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail; drive the Blue Ridge Parkway; see natural attractions like Luray Caverns.

West Virginia is an outdoor lover’s paradise with its lush mountains, white–water rivers and endless forests — it’s ‘Wild and Wonderful’! Relax in a hot mineral spring at a top–notch spa or play a round of golf. The people are welcoming and there’s a lively food and craft beer scene to enjoy. Delve into the history of the American Civil War at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. In the New River Gorge National Park, enjoy a whitewater adventure of a lifetime.

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From mountains to coast, North Carolina is full of natural treasures, wonderful panoramas, historic small towns and Southern charm.

Asheville is a charismatic city surrounded by extraordinary nature including the Blue Ridge Parkway, ‘America’s Favourite Drive’ with mile after mile of panoramic vistas. Asheville is full of arts and crafts, Southern friendliness, restaurants and Art Deco architecture.

The dynamic cities of Charlotte and Raleigh–Durham will surprise you. In Charlotte, step aboard the Historic Charlotte Trolley, ride a roller–coaster at Carowinds Theme Park, explore the newly opened NASCAR Hall of Fame or stroll along the tree–lined streets of Dilworth and experience Southern hospitality. Raleigh–Durham blends the old with the new. Home to many of North Carolina’s nationally famous restaurants, unique shopping in resurrected tobacco warehouses and North Carolina’s state capitol.

The gateway to North Carolina’s coast is the charming small city of Wilmington. Wilmington has many attractions such as the Battleship North Carolina, Airlie Gardens and Screen Gem Studios, where TV shows such as Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill were filmed. It has become a popular destination because of its moderate climate, historic preservation district and annual events such as Riverfest and the Azalea.

The Outer Banks is a 130 mile chain of barrier islands that are so different from any other destination on the East Coast. Legendary for its beautiful beaches, the area is home to huge migrating dunes and the perfect location for unique adventures. Hang gliding, kayaking, natural beaches, lighthouses, cultural and historical sites. The Wright Brothers National Memorial located in Kill Devil Hills commemorates the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

 

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South Carolina is known for its beaches, sea islands, historic plantation houses and the treasured city of Charleston with its paste coloured stately homes.

Charleston is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, with a rich 300 year heritage. The first decisive American victory during the Revolution, the first regularly scheduled passenger train service in America, the initial shots of the Civil War — Charleston is steeped in history. Step back in time and stroll the cobblestone streets of the historic district. Visit the plantation homes, tour the war related sites like Ft. Sumter or experience the magnificent South Carolina Aquarium.

To the south of Charleston, Hilton Head’s 42 square miles are lapped by gentle waters of the Atlantic Ocean, edged with breathtaking broad sandy beaches. On this idyllic island cycle, shop, golf, play tennis, go dolphin watching and plunge into the multitude of water sports on offer.

Off the coast of Hilton Head, Beaufort is a charming town which together with its surrounding sea islands has rich history including African–American heritage.

Sixty miles of wide, soft sandy beaches, thrilling water sports, amusement parks, live entertainment and exciting nightlife, shopping and world–class golf — Myrtle Beach “offers everything for everyone”! With the highest concentration of attractions outside Orlando, the area is an ideal family vacation destination.

 

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The largest state east of the Mississippi River offers every attraction from modern to historical cities and beautiful northern mountains to southern beaches and islands.

Atlanta is one of the gateway cities to the South. With endless energy, big city sophistication and dynamic New South style, Atlanta is brimming with museums, activities, exciting nightlife and cultural entertainment including symphony, opera and ballet. Attractions include the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Six Flags theme park and the Coca Cola Museum.

Savannah is a city brimming with southern hospitality and striking historical landmarks. Founded in 1733 as the last British crown colony, Savannah was America’s first planned city. Hip and historic, robust and refined, Savannah is where you’ll find amazing architecture, mansions and rich history, along with beautiful parks and fabulous food. Hop aboard a trolley or horse–drawn carriage tour; rent a bike; or simply walk to discover and experience all
that Savannah has to offer.

Georgia’s far north, provides superb mountain scenery. Trek through Rock City’s natural formations, tour Ruby Falls, one of America’s deepest caves and largest underground waterfall and ride the Incline Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway.

Visit Georgia’s coast for its natural beauty and eco–tourism, but be sure to take in some of the most unique history and culture in the nation. Rice plantations, cotton plantations and colonies long gone have all existed on these unique islands. Brunswick, St Simons Island, Jekyll Island, St Mary’s and Cumberland Island are some of the many coastal islands available to explore.

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When you explore Kentucky, you can see where the Derby is run, where Kentucky Fried Chicken was created and where Kentucky bourbon is distilled.

Climb through Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system in the world. Stand beside Cumberland Falls, the only place in the Northern Hemisphere where you can see a regularly occurring moonbow! You can visit the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest American presidents. You also can tour the museum of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight boxer known around the world as “The Greatest”.

Kentucky is the horse capital of the world. Visit the Kentucky Horse Park, the only park in the world dedicated exclusively to horses. See live racing at one of the renowned racetracks or go behind the scenes with a farm tour. Visit the Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Museum. In the Lexington area you’re close to Keeneland, Midway with its one of a kind fine dining and shops and also world class horse farms and a multitude of area attractions.

No trip to Kentucky would be complete without experiencing the magic and science of distilling bourbon. A trip along the beautiful rolling hills of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail allows you to see how various distillers practice the art of producing “America’s native spirit”. The “Bluegrass State” has a rich and diverse musical heritage with deep routes not only in bluegrass but folk, blues, gospel, jazz, opera and pop. Bill Monroe is considered the “Father of Bluegrass Music”. His birthplace is just one of the many places to explore Kentucky’s musical heritage.

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