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The Clinton family is synonymous with Arkansas, where Bill Clinton served as attorney general and then governor before heading to the White House in 1993. Now, as Hillary now makes a bid to become the 45th President of the United States, we’re taking a look at noteworthy Arkansas sites with... Read More

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Skyline of Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville skyline/Flickr/Derrick Brutel

Love music but not a big fan of country? That’s not a problem in Nashville. Music City has more than 150 live music venues where, in addition to country, you can hear everything from rock ‘n’ roll to classical. Check out these non-country hot spots and attractions the next... Read More

Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville/Teresa Bitler

You don’t need the bank account of a country music star to have a great time in Nashville. The Music City has plenty to do that’s free (or nearly free), including a night out in the famed honky tonks. But that’s not the only way you can save big. Some of Nashville’s... Read More

Edisto Beach State Park. Bache Monument. 'Credit: DiscoverSouthCarolina.com_2009'
Edisto Beach State Park/DiscoverSouthCarolina.com

If the invention of sweet tea and mint juleps are any indication, southerners know how to do summer. Here are five small, waterfront towns calling you to fly south for the season. Beaufort, South Carolina South Carolina’s second-oldest city is set on a coastal isle surrounded by a backdrop of marshes, old... Read More

 Clearwater Beach/ColinMiller
Clearwater Beach/Colin Miller

Although Clearwater is consistently rated one of the best beaches in the U.S., there’s much more to do in this seaside town than sunbathe. Stroll down Mandalay Avenue, the main thoroughfare, where you’ll find a mix of upscale restaurants, like Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber, souvenir shops and boutiques, and kitschy attractions... Read More

Russell Theatre, Maysville, Kentucky
Russell Theatre/Melanie Warner Spencer

Here’s one for vintage and history lovers: Maysville, Kentucky was an important port for bourbon, tobacco, and ironwork on the Ohio River in the 1800s — and a vital stop on the Underground Railroad. Today, historic theaters, art galleries, and museums, along with pubs and a drugstore soda fountain... Read More

Tammany Trace Bike Trail in Covington, Louisiana.
Tammany Trace Bike Trail/Melanie Warner Spencer

Founded in 1813, Covington, Louisiana is a hidden Southern gem. Tree-lined streets give way to a downtown filled with boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and historic homes. Breweries and pubs offer plenty of places to imbibe and catch live music, and those who love to bike will be in heaven... Read More

High Hampton Inn & Country Club - Cashiers, North Carolina
High Hampton Inn & Country Club

Cashiers, North Carolina is a scenic little hamlet nestled in the highest plateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 62 miles from Asheville. This resort community has a rainforest-like atmosphere, offering mountain views, cool temperatures, and lots of antiquing. Charming eateries, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and golf will round... Read More

Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard, bastrop, texas
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Established by the Spanish in 1806, Bastrop, Texas is a picturesque town nestled on the banks of the Colorado River. Located about 34 miles southeast of Austin, it offers laidback vibes and loads of small town flavor. Beyond its abundance of historic homes and storefronts dating to the 1800s... Read More

Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, FL
Shark Valley/Ann Babe Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, FL

Let’s be honest: Everglades City isn’t about to win any awards for luxury travel. It’s not the place to pamper yourself with shopping sprees and spas. It’s not going to seduce you with glamour and glitz. This is where you go to hold a baby alligator, then eat his... Read More

The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee
Smoky Mountains/Flickr/Scott Oves

Beautiful views, breweries and distilleries, and horseback riding through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains are just a few of the things to do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This popular wedding destination, located about 38 miles southeast of Knoxville has romance to spare — not to mention a myriad of... Read More

Graduate Athens Hotel in Athens, Georgia
Graduate Athens

Infused with both college and small town vibes and boasting a celebrated live music scene — which produced the likes of R.E.M., the B-52’s, and Widespread Panic — Athens, Georgia is a good-times trifecta. About a 100-minute drive from Atlanta, the city is anchored by the lush circa-1785 University of Georgia... Read More

Louisiana State Capitol Building
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Settled on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge — French for “Red Stick” — is the capital of Louisiana and its second largest city, but it manages to retain small-town flavor. Perhaps it’s because the city, as the home of Louisiana State University, is a college... Read More

The River in Natchez
The River in Natchez/Melanie Warner Spencer

Plantations, a tavern in the oldest standing building in the Mississippi territory, casino action, blues bars, and charming B&Bs are just a few of the points of interest in Natchez, Mississippi. Established in 1716 by French colonialists, the city — located in the southwest corner of Mississippi, 90 miles from... Read More

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A Pier in Fairhope, Alabama - an easy southern getaway
Pier in Fairhope, AL/Melanie Warner Spencer

Relaxation and bayside biking are the order of the day in the towns of Fairhope and Point Clear, Alabama. These verdant cities on the Bay are a scenic 30-minute drive from Mobile, AL — and a world away from the daily grind. Be warned: You’ll have a hard time... Read More