When I visited the United States in 2014, I loved my time in America’s South. The people were super friendly — just like the movies — and the towns were beautiful. Each place had a certain charm, and these four alternative destinations are no different. With excellent accommodation options in each, pick one of these cities for your next trip south.
Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina. Photo by Andrew Schultz via Trover.com
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is situated in western North Carolina, and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city is famous for its arts scene, with the Downtown Art District and River Arts District brimming with galleries and museums. Asheville also has two very impressive buildings in town: the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and the stunning Biltmore Estate, which was built in the 19th century. To stay close to the estate, check out the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville. It is less than half a mile from the property, and its Antler Hill Village and Winery.
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A city enriched by its oil heritage, Tulsa is Oklahoma’s second-largest city. It is also on Route 66, which draws many visitors annually. It is said that fall is the best time to visit, especially as Tulsa hosts one of America’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations at its River West Festival Park. For visitors wanting to stay central, an unique accommodation option would have to be The Campbell Hotel. It is located in Tulsa’s historic district, and each room is individually decorated. There is also a spa onsite and complimentary breakfast — what more could you want?
Looking up in Charleston, South Carolina. Own photo.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston was a highlight on my United States trip. Did you know that in 2014 Conde Nast Traveler named Charleston the second best city in the world? When you visit this amazing city in South Carolina, there are two main areas you need to visit: historic downtown and Folly Beach. The Holiday Inn of Folly Beach is a great option as each room has a kitchenette, or at least a microwave and refrigerator. Belmond Charleston Place is located in a perfect position for sightseeing, and the building is just slightly breathtaking.
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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Where will you find Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s Appalachian-themed amusement park? Why, that would be Pigeon Forge in Tennessee. But that isn’t the only attraction drawing in more than 10 million visitors annually. The town is also home to the Titanic Museum, and is the perfect spot to stay when you want to explore the Smoky Mountains. Many of Pigeon Forge’s best accommodation options are located on the Parkway. For a scenic stay, choose The Inn on the River, which is located directly on the river, as the name suggests. There is an indoor and outdoor pool, patios beside the river, complimentary breakfast, and sweet tea treats.
Sometimes you need some Southern charm in your life. Choose one of these four alternative destinations in Southern USA the next time you need a break from the big city.
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