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Some of the most elegant and interesting cities can be found in the South.


Learn about the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, Georgia.
Learn about one of America's most important social activists at the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site in downtown Atlanta. Learn about King's role in the American civil rights movement, the struggle for respect and legal equality between all people.
Catch some action on the court.
College basketball is very popular in the South. Look for teams near you in the NCAA Big South, Southern, and SEC Big South divisions to find games near you. You might just see the next professional league stars in action! Don't miss March Madness, the 64-team tournament that decides the year's champion.
Treat your ears.
The South is full of great colleges and universities, each with talented groups of singers. Hugely popular, these a capella groups perform in groups of 10 to 20, without instruments. In Virginia, look for Academical Village People at University of Virginia and Exit 245 at James Madison University.
Fly downhill.
Beech Mountain in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is the highest town in Eastern America. With an average snowfall of 84 inches you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and more winter activities!
Explore America's musical roots in Tennessee.
In Memphis, tour Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion, where you'll see the famous Jungle Room and have a chance to pay your respects at the King of Rock 'n Roll's grave. In Nashville, visit "country music's most famous stage" - The Grand Ole Opry House. Now in its 90th year, the Opry has hosted some American greats from Patsy Kline to the Dixie Chicks.
Go back in time in Charleston.
South Carolina's oldest city is full of well-maintained historic homes and buildings, like the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, built in 1771 as the region's center for trade. Don't miss the eerie dungeon, where you can learn about the most wanted criminals and pirates of the day!
Take a stroll in the snow.
Strap on snowshoes and explore some of West Virginia’s thousands of miles of scenic trails. It's a great way to get some fresh air and exercise, and enjoy the best of winter in this majestic state.
Space out in Alabama.
A trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville is like a visit to another galaxy. Get out of this world in the IMAX Spacedome studio, find out what a rocket launch feels like, learn about the race to put a man on the moon, and see the world's best collection of rockets.
Shop fresh and local.
Even in the winter months Virginia has a variety of options for buying fresh and local foods from farmers markets and restaurants. Check out some locations near you this season.
Get artsy in Asheville, North Carolina.
Missed the Ashville Fringe Festival in January? No problem. The art scene is always thriving in this small, yet vibrant city. Explore more than 100 artists' studios in the River Arts district.

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Hear real country music in the Grand Ole Opry
Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry is an American icon, and the premier showcase for country legends and the young musicians who are carrying on a rich and dynamic musical tradition.
Explore Virginia's geological wonders
With cool below-ground temperatures, the Luray Caverns and Shenandoah Caverns are comfortable to visit year-round. Or enjoy the trip along scenic Skyline Drive and go see the Natural Bridge, a towering limestone arch with a fascinating history.
Visit America’s most popular National Park
Every year, more than 10 million people visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. But with more than 800 miles of hiking trails, featuring beautiful forests, creeks, and waterfalls, and, of course, impressive mountain views, it doesn’t feel crowded. You might even spot a black bear!
Go to Churchill Downs in Kentucky
Stroll the historic grounds of this thoroughbred racetrack in Louisville, home to America's most legendary horse race, the Kentucky Derby, held every May. Other races are held throughout the year.
Dance in the streets in North Carolina
Join an old-fashioned mountain hoedown (dance) in downtown Waynesville, where Mountain Street Dancing events are held throughout the summer. You could even learn to clog!
Tour a historic Southern plantation
Walk the grounds of one of these magnificent farming properties while learning about the region’s history. Many are in states that make up the Deep South, including Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Learn about civil rights in Atlanta
With videos and interactive displays, the new Center for Civil and Human Rights honors the American Civil Rights movement and explores current global human rights issues. At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, sign up for a tour of the civil rights leader’s nearby birthplace.
Eat a peach
Although Georgia is known as the “peach state” for its many peach trees, South Carolina produces more peaches than any other southern state. Whether you find the sweet and juicy summer fruit at a roadside stand or in a store, try it in pie, cobbler, ice cream, or fresh off the tree.
Walk around Savannah, Georgia
Explore the nation’s largest registered Urban Historic Landmark District in Savannah. The district contains 22 green squares and more than 1,600 historically and architecturally significant structures – all within a 2.5-square mile area. When you’re ready to rest, Tybee Island, on the Atlantic Ocean, is only 20 minutes away!
Volunteer in your local community
Whether you prefer to walk the dogs at an animal shelter, serve food at a soup kitchen, or plant a tree with a conservation group, there are many ways to volunteer in your local community. You’ll find plenty of other opportunities at or Be sure to tag #cieegivingback when you post your photos!

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