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10 Favorite Vacation Spots I've Been To!

  • Nov 2, 2010
Scotman's list inspired me to write this one, and while his might be California-centric, I'm focusing strictly on the Deep South. Check'em out ya'll.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Simply put, there is no place on the planet as unique, fun, and friendly as NOLA.  From the Audobon Zoo to Jackson Square to Bourbon Street to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park And Reserve, there's something for everyone in the Crescent City.
See the full review, "The Big Easy".
Nashville, Tennessee

Much like New Orleans, Nashville thrives on its unique music scene.  There are plenty of bars, clubs, and dives to sit (or dance) in while you get to hear up-and-coming and would-be music stars.  You can also check out the state capital, President James K. Polk's grave, hitch a ride on the Natchez Trace Parkway, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame or travel just a few miles out of town to Lynchburg, TN and check out the Jack Daniel's Distillery!

Mickey Parade
Do I really need to give a reason why you should visit Walt Disney World?  It's one of the greatest places you can go with or without children.  Great shows, great attractions, great customer service, and a ton of Hidden Mickeys to look for make Walt Disney World a must-see attraction!
Shiloh National Military Park
Brother against brother.  If you've never visited any battlefield associated with the Civil War, I highly recommend you visit Shiloh.  Not only is it a massive battlefield, it also encases the Shiloh National Cemetary, a small church that survived the battle and is still active today, and memorials for many (if not all) of the states involved in the battle.  I promise that you will be moved by the intensity of this place.
Houston, Texas
They say everything's bigger in Texas. Well, it doesn't get much bigger than H-Town. Check out an Astros game at Minute Maid Park, visit the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center to get your NASA fix, or see some of the excellent shows in the Theater District. Houston is cowboy-politan at its finest.
Sabine National Wildlife Refuge
If you love birdwatching, feast your eyes on over two hundred species of birds at the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge.  There are also alligators, plenty of fish and turtles, crabs, shrimp, nutria rats, and all sorts of other wildlife to check out as well. 

Sabine is the largest coastal marsh refuge in the United States.  While in the area, be sure to make a drive down to Holly Beach and then head north into Calcasieu Parish where you can check out Lake Charles, LA (and come by and see me).
Huntsville, Alabama

Way up near the dead center of the top of Alabama is Huntsville.  Known as Rocket City, Huntsville features the US Space & Rocket Center, which has a museum and plenty of cool things for you and the family to check out.  There's also three, yep, three historic districts to check out that feature architecture that survived the Civil War.  If history isn't your thing, you can always hop the border into Tennessee and visit Lynchburg and the Jack Daniel's Distillery.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Not only does the Red Stick (which is the English translation of Baton Rouge) feature the tallest capitol building in the United States, it also features the very cool, castle-like Old Lousiana State Capitol and the Louisiana Pentagon.  Oh, and if you visit the area during football season, you're likely to get a chance to experience an LSU Tiger home game.  No one tailgates better than Tiger fans! 
Tupelo, Mississippi
Be sure to check out the birthplace of the King of Rock N' Roll, Elvis Presley.  No tour through the fine state of Mississippi would be complete without it!  You can also see the Tupelo National Battlefield and the Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield as well as see the headquarters for the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Loaded with history and seated on the edge of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is the perfect place to spend a few days. It's also located near Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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December 24, 2010
Way too many places in the South. Go North and cool off!
December 24, 2010
This list focused on the South. I'll have to make a list of other places I've been to that include the Great White North (including Canada).
December 30, 2010
Definitely! I wish I could have spent more than a few hours in up-state New York. It was just beautiful there.
November 09, 2010
I've never been to the deep south before, but I really want to go, and this list cements that desire! I've been city girl all my life, so I'm sure I'll love taking in the sights and culture shock. Can't wait :D Great list, K!
November 10, 2010
The culture shock is only the beginning! :)
November 09, 2010
Great List! I love Louisiana! Drove through on my way to New Orleans! Great food nice people!
November 08, 2010
Great list! I've done a lot of traveling but, not through the South yet! This list gives me some ideas as to what to add to my must-visit list, though, thanks!
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Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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