In search of Deep South soul, Gothic architecture and Atlantic Ocean beaches on Georgia and Carolinas holidays

Imagine hundreds of blush pink Indian azaleas in bloom at one of the oldest Romantic Gardens in the USA, driving under a huge fairytale arch of Spanish moss covered oaks or exploring wildlife-filled forests where the Civil War Battle of Utoy Creek began.

Visualise secret whispers between friends on the wide porches of Charleston’s chalky coloured antebellum mansions, a thousand stories from the cotton boom trickling through Savannah’s well-preserved downtown architecture and hundreds of years of history hidden inside weeping willows that line the pathways. Expect shrimp boats leaving at dawn to bring you mouthwatering seafood brunches, devilled eggs and grouper bites overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the South’s favourite honey man - Ted Dennard’s much-loved Savannah Bee Company. Georgia and Carolinas holidays are all about the sugar-coated and the pretty - there’s that Instagram-worthy photo of the iconic Forsyth Park fountain, sweet-tooth dreams come true inside Atlanta’s World of Coca-Cola and the piercing song of tree frogs and katydids as you kayak the saltwater marshes of Greater Charleston.

Holidays to Georgia and Carolinas are unspoiled coastline, glittering Atlanta skyscrapers, hundreds of beautiful waterfalls and secret spots where iconic movies were filmed. There’s that tranquil Lake Lure location of Dirty Dancing’s legendary water-scene, Savannah’s Chippewa Square where Forest Gump sat on his bench philosophising over boxes of chocolate and Boone Hill Plantation, which served as Allie's summer home in ‘The Notebook.’ There’s good reason why the film industry flock to the South – it’s all gorgeous age-old oak trees, pretty cobblestoned sidewalks and extraordinary Georgian architecture.

If you want to experience the beautiful South, give one of our USA experts a call or pop into your local store and we’ll start crafting your dream holiday.