Nicest Place in the South: March 2017

Not that you need to be told, but John Denver knew what he was talking about. And we believe this is especially so when it comes to West Virginia; the rolling hills of this state—and its capital, Charleston, especially—are just about as close to heaven as you’ll get. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers, Charleston is the perfect balance of urban convenience and small-town charm, offering music, food, and culture if you’re after it, and the still beauty of the mountains just a short drive away. Take a cue from John Denver, listen to us, or go see for yourself: Charleston is one of the Nicest Places in the South.

Faster ’n Fish: The Swimming Scientist’s Record Tennessee River Swim

Paducah, Kentucky

Collecting both data and attention, German professor Andreas Fath set the world record for swimming the Tennessee—from Knoxville to Paducah

A Story to Tell: Discovering Paducah

Paducah, Kentucky

UNESCO Creative City Paducah, Kentucky, knows the time-honored truth well: What is art if not a clever iteration of a story we need to tell?

Whitehaven: A Rest Stop Like No Other

Paducah, Kentucky

Here in Paducah, beauty meets practicality, old South softens modernity, and the western edge of nowhere Kentucky becomes some place really special

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.

Land Between the Lakes: The Elk and Bison Prairie

Golden Pond, Kentucky

With 170,000 acres of forested and open land between two massive lakes, this largest inland peninsula in the nation is home to a lot of happy wildlife, as you can well imagine

Beauty on the Beast: Paducah’s Flood Wall Murals

Paducah, Kentucky

Paducah’s flood wall was doing a great job keeping water out, but boy, was it utilitarian. No worries. Paducah’s finest and brightest knew how to make it one of the most beautiful features in town.