5 Down South Country Travel Spots

If you still don’t know where to go for the July 4th weekend or for your big summer trip, allow me to help you out. From my cross country trips I think I found some of the best spot to travel to in the United States if you’re looking for more of a country, down south, barbecue type vacation. Below you will find my top picks for your not so average vacation. Enjoy and have a great time on your travels.

Nashville:

gregory-gopman-nashvilleHome of blues, and known as the all encompassing “Music City”, Nashville is amazing. The weather is darn near perfect year round and the people couldnt be nicer. There are tons of attractions in Nashville if you’re looking to view a couple touristy things. You’ll find the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium (the world famous performance theatre), and more bars serving whiskey inspired cocktails in mason jars than you can count.

While you’re in Nashville you must check out the Hatch Show Print. Hatch show Print in now located in the Country Music Hall of Fame and was originally founded in 1879. It was and still is a legendary letterpress print shop that lead the “brash” style of music that embodied classic country music.

For lunch there are no other options that the critically acclaimed Pepperfire. If you love hot chicken that crispy, juicy, and served with homemade potato salad, this place is your haven.

New Orleans:

gregory-gopman-new-orleansCommonly known as “Nola” or “N’awlins”, New Orleans is a travel destination for everyone. Whether you are looking for a boozed crazed time at Mardi Gras or a relaxed vacation where you can order all the gumbo and oysters you can eat, New Orleans has it all. The southern hospitality defines this city as music fills the streets and everyone is curtious.

The southern/french inspired food fusions truly awake the pallet. One of the most classic delicacies in New Orleans is the Po Boy. There are tons of restaurants serving up the city’s most eaten dish but there is only 1 Killer Poboys. This restaurant is nestled behind the Erin Rose Bar and is the crowned jewel when it comes to New Orleans traditional cusine. They by far serve up the meanest seared gulf shrimp, meatloaf, and other fresh ingredients to make you keep coming back year after year to visit.

For something of slightly slower pace and more relaxed I would suggest visiting the Louis Armstrong Park. The park is located in the Tremé neighborhood and offers visitors a more quiet time and a step into the past. The park was named after the world famous Louis Armstrong, a New Orleans native. Be sure to visit the Congo Square which was the site of 19th century slave dances. Blues, Jazz, and Rock n’ roll can all base their roots in these slaves dances.

Austin:

gregory-gopman-austinAustin has become all the rage lately, hosting food fairs, music festivals, and start-up community events. Austin is extremely affordable to live in and is the ideal spot for young adults from 21-35. Texas is known for a lot of things, but one in particular could be the reason you book a trip to Austin today. Texas barbecue is widely regarded as having one of the best barbecues in the world. If you love barbecue like I do then you need to visit La Barbecue and Micklethwait. Serving up barbecue staples like brisket and mouth-watering steak, these two restaurants are dishing out massive portions because as you know, “everything is bigger in Texas.”

What better way to wash down all that barbecue and soak up that southern sun than tasting a few craft beers. Do yourself a favor and visit the Jester King Brewery for all your hoppy desires. Formerly a farmhouse, the Jester King is one of the most popular breweries in the area, complete with their own tasting room, brewery tours, outdoor seating, and one of a kind beer.

Thank you for reading,

Gregory Gopman

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