One City, Three Ways: Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is lovely, made even lovelier with an effort to see the bigger picture. Here are three ways to approach your next visit, themed around Black history, top dining spots, and architectural highlights.

A revitalized Chattanooga hotel, set inside a restored train station

Formerly a bustling turn-of-the-century train terminal, the Chattanooga Choo Choo has delighted visitors with its Beaux Arts–style grand entrance and unique railroad-themed accommodations since opening as a hotel in 1973. But after 50 years, it was time for a $19 million makeover: Enter the reimagined Hotel Chalet at the Choo Choo.

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Essential Southern beach trips

There are a few things you can always count on if you travel along the Southern coast. Pillowy mounds of soft, fine sand. Warm, sunny days punctuated by kaleidoscopic sunsets. Tents and umbrellas bearing the mascots of college football teams. Local shrimp and oysters fried to greasy perfection. These eight classic destinations tick all those boxes and more.

Pinch Me: everything you wanted to know about crawfish

Of the 500-plus species of crayfish that exist worldwide, more than 300 varieties inhabit the rivers, lakes, and bayous of the southeastern United States, where they are colloquially called crawfish. Throughout the region, these freshwater crustaceans are considered a springtime delicacy.

Road Trip Guide to Southwest Georgia

Discover a rich civil rights legacy, nature-based attractions, celebrated restaurants, and storied estates along Old Georgia Highway 3.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ newest exhibit is a [pre]historic first

The landmark exhibit includes an intact triceratops and the world’s only 100-percent-complete skeleton of a T. rex in one piece of rock.

In North Georgia, demolish cars behind the wheel of a tank

At Tank Town USA in Morganton, visitors can bash a junker with a sledgehammer before crushing it with an armored personnel carrier.

Vicksburg, Mississippi, offers delightful local shopping and classic Southern eats

Make the most of the town's nooks and crannies with plenty to discover for history buffs and small-town enthusiasts alike.

Explore the ties that bind and the bourbon that flows in Louisville

On the 25th anniversary of Kentucky's bourbon trail—and the 150th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby—a writer and his expat cousin rediscover the city.

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