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Our Favorite Things: 99 of our top spots in the South

Since Southbound debuted in 2013, our staff and contributors have logged thousands of miles, consumed millions of calories, and taken countless notes and photos to showcase the very best destinations around the region. Although every place we’ve covered is special, some left a particularly powerful impression. Here, we give you the best of the very best, our favorite spots in the South.

Meet all creatures great and small at these 5 zoos around the South

Open since 1889, Zoo Atlanta has several claims to fame—three of them being its beloved giant pandas. (This zoo is one of only three in the country that houses the vulnerable species.)

Simple pleasures await on a road trip through North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley

Visitors traveling through the valley along US 601 from Yadkinville to Mount Airy will pass vineyards pocketed alongside fields of corn, soybeans, and the occasional chartreuse span of tobacco. They’ll also discover a number of attractions worth a stop, from a popcorn factory to a century-old general store to the childhood home of actor Andy Griffith.

Older than the U.S., this historic road in Pensacola shows no signs of slowing down

Slicing through downtown Pensacola all the way to the bay, Palafox Street is known as the city’s core cultural artery. It’s a distinction the street has enjoyed for the past two-and-a-half centuries, during which it has been subject to—and shaped by—British, Spanish, and American rule.

The Dwell Hotel
Marked by top-notch service and designed to the hilt, these hotels aren’t just a place to stay; they’re stylish destinations in their own right. Our top five picks—all opened within the last year—are within 330 miles of Atlanta for a chic weekend escape. Read the full list.


Georgia’s landscape has everything from the rugged Appalachians to granite monadnocks and shady creekside trails. We whittled it down to 12 great hikes, fit for an experienced backpacker, day-tripper, or even an urban crusader (two are ITP!). Discover scenic spots and find out which trail is Georgia's toughest. Get out there and hike

Our Favorite Things: 99 of our top spots in the South

Since Southbound debuted in 2013, our staff and contributors have logged thousands of miles, consumed millions of calories, and taken countless notes and photos to showcase the very best destinations around the region. Although every place we’ve covered is special, some left a particularly powerful impression. Here, we give you the best of the very best, our favorite spots in the South.