Places

Blast Off! Huntsville’s Space & Rocket Center

Huntsville, Alabama

Head to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for a day filled with out-of-this-world fun

16 of the Prettiest Spots in the South (Part Two)

Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas

Another handful of some of the brightest spots in this sunny South we call home

A Sea-Worthy Celebration: The Mobile Bay Jubilee

Fairhope, Alabama

It’s one of the craziest things you’ve ever seen: shrimp, crab, eel, flounder—whatever’s been swimming deep in the Bay—all doing their best to get out of the water and into your bucket

The Winter Manatee and Manatee Springs State Park

Chiefland, Florida

Come winter, they come for the warm waters of Florida’s amazingly crystal-clear springs, these portly and lovable creatures from another world

Waterfall Walks of Western North Carolina

Highlands, Cashiers, and Sapphire, North Carolina

There’s something inherently soothing about waterfalls. Whether it’s thundering or gently descending in diamond-like drops, moving water speaks to our souls.

16 of the Prettiest Spots in the South (Part One)

Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia

The first in a three-part series exploring state by state some of the best the South has to offer in pretty places

A Fair Hope of Success

Fairhope, Alabama

Tax law is not, as a general rule, an inspiring subject. For the good folks of Fairhope, Alabama, however, it’s nothing less than the reason for their existence.

Have a Fine, Fine Time in Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

You’ve got more than just a “fair” chance of having a fabulous weekend in this charming, artsy small town cozied up to the eastern bank of Mobile Bay in south Alabama

Would You Please Spell That? Interesting Place Names in the South

All 16 States of the South

Like so many other places, the South is full of thousands of curious, crazy, hard-to-spell, and sometimes downright hilarious place names. Here are a few favorites.

J’ville’s Commodore Point and LaVilla: The Formation of a Great Port City

Jacksonville, Florida

From naval stores to automobile factories, Jacksonville’s strategic location as a Southern port city built a strong foundation for all she is today

Church, School, and General Store: The Heart of Small Southern Communities

Pickaway and Union, West Virginia; McIntosh, Florida

The rural nature of so much of Southern existence once meant a church, a school, and a store for nearly every pocket of farms and houses

A Gentleman’s Game: The Art of Quail

Thomasville, Georgia

Welcome to the gentlemen’s club on wheels

Last Resort: Thomasville’s Booming Resort Era

Thomasville, Georgia

Relatively untouched by the Civil War, this one Georgia town capitalized on their Southern assets to boost a tourism trend that’s not finished yet

Birmingham Rising: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

Birmingham, Alabama

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Jailhouse Manifesto embodies the eloquent grace and fire of the man and city it sought to represent.

Farm and Fashion: How Thomasville Became a “New South” Leader

Thomasville, Georgia

With a solid, visible, and organic connection to its past, this New South city always seems to be one innovative step ahead as well

Weeping and Wondering over the Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears State Park, Jackson, Missouri

A beautiful park—commemorating one of the darkest events in American history

Cataloochee

Waynesville, North Carolina

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is visited by more people every year than any other park in America—but some of those annual visitors remember it as home