Here’s a pilgrimage every Southern road trip lover should take

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The Ultimate Autumn Road Trip

The South is full of amazing cities with unique cultures, delicious foods and beautiful sights. Yet, most residents of the South never get a chance to visit its many offerings. Now it’s time to change that.

Here are some of the South’s best places to visit.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina has grown increasingly busy over the past few years as tourism has become a larger part of the town’s culture. Now the vibrant city has snagged Southern Living’s top spot on their Best Southern Cities list for 2022.

The boutique hotels, phenomenal eateries and vibrant nightlife are a must see for any southern visitors.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte earned the top spot in Hand Luggage Only’s list of the South’s top cities for the year.

“Welcome to the Queen City: a Southern jewel whose one-of-a-kind attractions and unique beauty shine brightly,” the city’s Charlotte’s Got a Lot website noted. “Our crowning glory? A friendly, diverse and creative class of people who thrive on adventure, inclusiveness and the constant curiosity to seek what’s new and what’s next.”

The city’s Carowinds is an amusement park-lover’s dreamscape, filled with some of the state’s best rollercoasters. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden features hundreds of acres of flowers and grasslands for nature lovers. Meanwhile, the town’s BBQ selections are not something foodies will want to miss.

Savannah, Georgia

Last year, Southern Trippers named Savannah, Georgia, as a must-see destination for lovers of history, beautiful parks and antebellum architecture. As the state’s oldest city —and one of the most haunted towns in the country — Savannah has a lot of history and culture to offer.

For an amazing bite to eat and some boutique shopping, visit River Street to see what all Savannah has to offer.

Asheville, North Carolina

While Charleston, South Carolina, earned the top spot in Southern Living’s top southern city list this year — and Savannah, Georgia pulled in at number two — Asheville, North Carolina made it into the final three.

America’s largest home, the Biltmore, is a hotspot attraction near the city. Mountain hiking is a beloved pastime. And the area is full of amazing breweries, as well as bed and breakfasts.

From the shops to the galleries to the museums, this is a town you won’t want to miss.