The Deep South travel guide

Weather and climate

The Deep South region generally has a subtropical climate. This means hot, or very hot and humid summers, with cool winters. There’s a fair bit of rain between seasons (and throughout summer in New Orleans). Hurricanes and thunderstorms are a risk here in spring and autumn.

Temperature: Top 20s (°C) in summer to less than 5°C in winter.

Best time to visit The Deep South: Generally spring to autumn; but the summer heat definitely adds to the atmosphere.

Deep South is best for…

Music fans
Listen out for the local soundtrack - blues in Memphis, country in Nashville, and jazz in New Orleans.

Food lovers
The South is famous for its hospitality; don’t leave without second helpings of jambalaya and sticky pork ribs.

Party people
Kick your heels up in local clubs and bars, and enjoy the Mardi-Gras carnival atmosphere.

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in The Deep South is English.

Currency: The currency used in The Deep South is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: The Deep South area is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY/ KMSY is 11 miles west of downtown New Orleans); Nashville International Airport (BNA) is just 5 miles north-east of downtown Nashville; Memphis International Airport (MEM) is 7 miles east of downtown Memphis.

Flight time from UK: Up to 13 hours to New Orleans; up to 11 hours to Tennessee.

Tourist Information: Further Tennessee tourist information can be found here; Louisiana tourist information can be found here.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to The Deep South area.

Getting around

By carriage: Take in the New Orleans landmarks by genteel mule-drawn carriage.

By bike: Cruise around New Orleans on rental bikes, available in the French Quarter and Marigny.

By bus/streetcar: The main areas in New Orleans are served by streetcars and express bus routes, which cost upwards of $1.25 for a single journey; a day pass is around $3. Have exact change ready. Nashville’s MTA-run buses go through throughout downtown, and just outside it, 9am-5pm. Fares start at $1.60, with an adult day pass around the $5 mark.

By car: Because of the limited bus schedules, a car is always your best bet in Nashville and Memphis, whether it’s hired or a taxi.

Events

Mardi Gras: Plan your holiday to coincide with New Orlean’s incredible Mardi Gras celebrations that take place each year in the two weeks leading up to Shrove Tuesday. Experience a party atmosphere like no other as the streets come alive with vibrant colours, live music and dancing parades that you can’t help but join in with.

Party down: As well as Mardi Gras, check out the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, known locally as ‘Jazz Fest’ (late April-early May).

Awards season: Country music fans will enjoy being in town when Nashville hosts the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards (November). The 4-day CMA Music Festival (June) lets you meet other fans and some of the biggest country stars.

All you can eat: Memphis hosts the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis (May), so have your elasticated waistband at the ready!

Gourmet's delight: The Charleston Wine and Food Festival in March is a treat not to be missed for foodies and wine lovers. For more information, visit http://charlestonwineandfood.com/.