The southern part of the United States offer visitors unique cultural experiences, interesting cuisine, a rich cultural heritage, and some idyllic vacation spots. If you plan to visit this area, these lesser-known destinations will get you off the beaten track. And if you want to spend some days relaxing in style, here are some good recommendations for luxury hotels as well.
Experience Southern Hospitality in Augusta, GA
Best known for hosting The Masters Golf Tournament each spring, Augusta is the third largest city and the second oldest in the state of Georgia. Nestled on the banks of the Savannah river, the Garden City mixes southern hospitality with classic historical sites. Visitors will enjoy touring the majestic mansions, sampling the local cuisine, exploring the vibrant cultural scene, and experiencing the beautiful surrounding landscapes. For a comfortable stay, try the Sheraton Augusta Hotel. Guest rooms are 100% non-smoking; plus, they all feature plush bedding and complimentary WiFi.
Salisbury MD, the Comfortable Side of Coastal
Located on the banks of the Wicomico river, Salisbury is a city with a passion for anything coastal. The city is also a commercial hub and is near several major cities, such as Washington D.C. (119 miles), Baltimore (106 miles), and Philadelphia (128 miles). The Hampton Inn Salisbury is one of the best hotels in the area. This modern family-friendly hotel boasts 150 rooms that feature premium bedding, free WiFi, and a handy lap desk. Complimentary breakfast is also included during your stay.
Visit the Unofficial Capital of Cajun Country: Lafayette, LA
Mixing cultural influences from its French, Spanish, and Afro-Caribbean ancestors, Lafayette is a true melting pot. Located along the Vermillion river in Louisiana, this charming city is considered the center of Acadiana, the area of Cajun and Creole culture. The city is well-known for its food, music, and festivals. The upscale Homewood Suites by Hilton offers all-suite accommodations and modern amenities in a convenient location.
Enjoy a Tropical Island Paradise at Galveston, TX
Set on an island in the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston offers visitors over 30 miles of beaches, plenty of museums, and a very impressive collection of historical buildings. Some of the attractions you shouldn’t miss during your visit are the Bishop’s Palace, the tall ship Elissa, the Grand Opera House, Moody Gardens, and the Schlitterbahn Waterpark. For the ultimate luxurious experience, stay at the Hotel Galvex & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Hotel. This splendid hotel features 224 elegantly furnished rooms, a health and fitness club, a heated outdoor saltwater pool, a full service spa, and a business center.
Sanibel, the Perfect Vacation Spot
With its beautiful shell beaches and wildlife refuges, Sanibel, FL is a popular touristic destination. This idyllic vacation spot offers 15 miles of pristine beaches, an impressive network of bicycle paths, and some great hotels and restaurants to choose from. For example, the Island Inn offers premium accommodation just a short walk from the beach. Amenities at this fantastic hotel include free WiFi throughout the property, a heated pool, complimentary continental breakfast, two private tennis courts, kayak and bike rentals, and guided beach walks.
This post is part of the Hipmunk’s Hotels series.