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The South is home to some of the most quaint, beautiful, historic towns. You won’t find all the bright lights and city glitz you would in larger Southern cities, but that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? Check out these small(er) Southern destinations and plan your next weekend getaway.

Smaller Southern Towns to Fall in Love With

Asheville, NC

A popular destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, NC, is gorgeous year-round. And here’s proof that it’s also stunning from afar. Enjoy your virtual vacation in Asheville. Click HERE.

Behold this striking view from Jane Bald in Asheville. Image:

Franklin, TN

It’s a popular and oh-so-charming Southern destination. Take a virtual vacation to Franklin, TN, which offers beautiful scenery, adorable shops and so much more! Take a virtual visit HERE.

Take a virtual trip along Franklin’s Main Street and beyond in this virtual vacation. Image: Visit Franklin

Fredericksburg, TX

Find out why Fredericksburg, TX, is loved by both locals and visitors. Take a virtual tour of this charming Southern city — and then start planning your next trip! Click HERE.

Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, TX

Climb the pink granite dome at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country. Image: Marc Bennett

Gatlinburg, TN

From stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains to following Sasquatch’s adventures, explore the great outdoors in this virtual tour of Gatlinburg, TN. Click HERE.

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

Soar above the Great Smoky Mountains at Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park. Image: Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

Huntsville, AL

Home to America’s space program, beautiful gardens and more, Huntsville, AL, is filled with adventure. Take a virtual tour — and then start planning your next vacation. Click HERE.

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment in Huntsville, AL

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is the largest privately owned center for the arts in America. Image: Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Jackson County, NC

Located in southwest North Carolina, Jackson County is “quintessential Carolina” — mountains, streams, small towns and stunning scenery. Explore it for yourself HERE.

Jackson County, NC, is rich in natural beauty. Image: Robert Stephens

Oxford, MS

From live music to art and literature, it’s no wonder Oxford, MS, is a beloved Southern destination. Take a virtual tour HERE.

Rowan Oak in Oxford, MS

Explore William Faulkner’s writings at his homestead, Rowan Oak. Image: Visit Oxford

Paducah, KY

Paducah, KY is a hub for those seeking creative and cultural experiences. Get inspired — and take a virtual tour of this quaint Southern town. Click HERE.

Downtown Paducah

Paducah, KY is an artistic Southern destination with a rich culture and history. Image: JT Crawford, Paducah Life Magazine

Ridgeland, Mississippi

Tucked away on the Natchez Trace Parkway, Ridgeland, MS, offers plenty of scenic views and outdoor fun. Start planning your next getaway with this virtual tour. Click HERE.

Bikers on Natchez Trace Parkway

Explore the Natchez Trace Parkway and Barnett Reservoir as you take the whole family out for a bike ride. Image: Ridgeland Tourism Commission

Tupelo, Mississippi

It’s not only the birthplace of Elvis. It’s also a hub of fantastic history and culture. There’s a lot to explore in Tupelo, Mississippi. Let’s take a virtual tour! Click HERE.

Check out the birthplace of Elvis, enjoy some solid Southern barbecue and so much more in Tupelo, MS. Image: Sean Kaufman

Happy exploring!


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