The South has it all – taste bud tingling good food, toe-tapping beats, a rich history and a hearty culture. Whether you’re travelling with friends, with the family or even solo, the South will embrace you, change you and leave a lasting impression on your soul.

This is the ultimate guide to the best of the best from Missouri to Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia.

11.3 million

Annual visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

192 metres

Height of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

1886

Year Coca-Cola was invented by John Pemberton in Georgia

1.2 million

Annual visitors to distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail