A tale of three cities

Head to America’s Deep South, where a fascinating history, intoxicating musical heritage and fried chicken just like mama used to make are all served up with a huge helping of Southern hospitality.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Inextricably linked to the civil rights movement, Atlanta’s story started in 1837, when it was founded as the end of the Western & Atlantic Railroad line. Located in the ‘Peach State’ of Georgia, it is the largest city in the Deep South, and it boasts many landmarks which chronicle its rich history. The birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr, there are many opportunities to learn about the man who would play a key role in the American civil rights movement as he sought equality for all through peaceful protest. Inside the King Center you’ll find the world’s largest collection of memorabilia connected with both Dr King and the movement. Outside you’ll see his final resting place and the Eternal Flame, which is a symbol of the continuing efforts to realise his dream. You can also visit Dr King’s former home, now a museum, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church – his spiritual home.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

If music be the food of love… you won’t go hungry in Nashville, a city with music in its soul. Not only is this the country music capital of the world but in its more than 120 live music venues you can tap your toes to the sound of jazz and blues, rock and pop. At the heart of ‘Music City’ is Broadway, where you can sway to the rhythms at a honky tonk, or perhaps treat yourself to a night out at the iconic Grand Ole Opry, the ultimate country music venue. Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, where past and present country music legends are showcased in one of the world’s largest collections of musical memorabilia, or step inside RCA Studio B. Hold your breath as you walk in the footsteps of Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, the Everly Brothers and more, where thousands of songs were recorded, and legends created.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Known as one of the most eccentric and lively cities in the world, there are many reasons to visit New Orleans. For starters you’ll be greeted by friendly locals who need no excuse to throw a party or parade through the streets, with Mardi Gras one of the world’s most famous festivals. Jazz music has its roots here, and if you head to the historic French Quarter, you’ll hear it from every window, door and alleyway. The architecture here is pretty special too, with Creole townhouses, historic mansions and decorative iron balconies reflecting its multicultural heritage. Stop for a bite to eat and you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh seafood, especially crab, crayfish and shrimp, and Creole favourites gumbo and jambalaya are a must. Got a sweet tooth? Make sure you order beignets with your coffee, these pillows of fried dough are liberally sprinkled with icing sugar and served three at a time, so make sure you’re hungry.