While every state in the South boasts more than just one vacation spot worth your while, there are always a few that stand out in the crowd. What do you do once you have those narrowed down? Well, look no further. We picked the best vacation destination in every Southern state—so you don’t have to. Whether you want to feel the salty breeze in St. Simons, sample some bourbon in Bardstown, dig into a bowl of the slap-your-mama gumbo in Breaux Bridge, or turn back time in Williamsburg, there’s a perfect getaway for you, just begging to be visited this year. Here are the best vacation spots in every Southern state.
While Gulf Shores and Orange Beach see their fair share of beach vacations, we can’t get enough of this small town on the Bay. If you love the Gulf Coast as much as we do, you’ll be hard-pressed to find somewhere more scenic—with its antebellum homes, streets lined with live oaks, and charming, walkable downtown. We recommend staying at the Grand Hotel Marriot Resort, a pre-Civil War landmark that’s dripping with Southern charm.
Dating back to 1879, this well-preserved town boasts streets lined with remnants of Victorian architecture. The area is known—and the town is named—for the hot springs that bubble out of the Ozark Mountains; but it also offers plenty of stunning lakes and rivers for fishing, kayaking, and cruising. Pair those excursions with the quirky shops you’ll find in town, and you’re set with a fun-filled vacation. There’s no shortage of things to do in Eureka Springs.
This charming Mid-Atlantic townoffers a colorful boardwalk that’s a mile long and lined with good food and family-fun amusements. If visiting during the off-season, Rehoboth Beach’s tiny size may be a welcome change. You can ride bikes lazily down tree-lined streets, and every local is a friend. This seaside town always blows travelers away with its crystal clear water and beautifully kept beaches. Stop in Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats for a pint of Delaware’s favorite beer.