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  • An aerial view of Little Rock, Arkansas
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    Starting Point: Little Rock, Arkansas

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    Unwind in Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Show at the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee, Florida
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Southern States

  • Route distance:
    1,695 km
  • Suggested Time:
    1-2 weeks

Sea, sun and Southern living across four American states

If you’re looking to get off the beaten path in the U.S., take a drive along the Gulf Coast, where local diners, notable historic sites and sprawling beaches vie for your attention. What to bring: Light layers to accommodate the Southern heat and coastal breezes; your appetite for home cooking and blues music; and a relaxed attitude.

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An aerial view of Little Rock, Arkansas
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Starting Point: Little Rock, Arkansas

Begin your journey in Little Rock, the quaint capital of Arkansas. You can fly into Little Rock’s Clinton National Airport (though you may also arrive through a nearby international airport like the one in Memphis, Tennessee) and rent a car before setting out to explore the city. Hop on the vintage Metro Streetcar, which runs through downtown’s charming River Market District. This part of town is home to plenty of local shops, bars and restaurants, as well as a seasonal farmer's market, which runs from May through October. If you’re not in town during the farmer's market season, visit the indoor Ottenheimer Market Hall where vendors serve delicious local treats like gourmet coffee, artisanal bread and pastries and regional souvenirs.

89 km
1 hour by car
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Ozark Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Unwind in Hot Springs, Arkansas

After stocking up on snacks, head about an hour south to Hot Springs, Arkansas, located east of the Ouachita National Forest. While here, spend a day discovering Hot Springs National Park, which surrounds the north part of the city and offers spectacular views of the Ouachita Mountains. Stroll through Bathhouse Row, where you can enjoy the thermal mineral waters at Buckstaff Bath House before hopping back in the car for the next leg of your journey.

284 km
3 hou