GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted May 2nd,


    Top 12 Unusual Destinations to Visit
    in the South


    Happy Camper Blog



    The Southern
    United States is truly one of the most incredible parts of the country. The
    coastal states of Louisiana and Mississippi are known for their delicious
    seafood cuisine and rich musical history. The city of New Orleans is one of
    the most desired places to visit in the country due to its vibrant nightlife
    and rich history. The three inland states each offer something unique, from
    historical battlefields to incredible natural wonders. There is no doubt that
    a trip through the Southern United States is sure to be a memorable one, so
    pack your bags and hit the road. Here are the top 12 unusual destinations to
    visit along the way.


    1.) Snake
    -Most reptile enthusiasts in Arkansas choose to
    visit the Little Rock Zoo to see the cold blooded animals up close, but for a
    more adventurous (and a little scarier) experience, head to Snake World in
    Berryville, northern Arkansas. Snake World is owned and operated by Dale
    Ertel, a reptile lover with over 70 snakes on display. Visitors here are
    given a tour of the facility and are taught about the various

    2.) Hot Springs
    – Hot Springs is undoubtedly one of the most
    interesting cities to visit in Arkansas. From the unusual attractions like
    alligator farms and wax museums, to the beautiful scenery of Lake Ouachita
    and Lake Catherine State Park, it is no surprise that Hot Springs is at the
    top of many peoples list of places to see in Arkansas. The city is located in
    central Arkansas, about an hour drive west of Little

    Hot Springs Arkansas Tower view (Hot Springs City, https://www.flickr.com/photos/betchel/)


    3.) Louisiana
    State Penitentiary House
    – While slightly off the
    beaten path, the Louisiana State Penitentiary House is worth a visit for its
    fascinating history. The prison is still used to hold inmates today, but the
    museum in front is the best place to learn about how the prison has
    functioned since 1901. Numerous exhibits are on display, revealing how
    prisoners made weapons out of everyday utensils, and how the prison has
    changed since its violent beginnings. The prison is located in Angola, next
    to the Mississippi River and directly adjacent to the Mississippi State

    4.) Musee Conti, Wax
    Museum of New Orleans
    – The history of New Orleans is
    uniquely presented through wax sculptures here at the Musee Conti Wax Museum.
    Unlike most wax museums, the Musee Conti has remained virtually the same as
    it was when it first opened, displaying sculptures of many important people
    responsible for the founding of New Orleans, and the normal citizens that
    helped make the city what it is today. The Museum is located in the French
    Quarter of New Orleans, southern Louisiana.

    street music - french quarter - new orleans (French Quarter, New Orleans. https://www.flickr.com/photos/romtomtom/)


    5.) Oscar Getz Museum of
    Whiskey History
    – Kentucky and Whiskey are synonymous
    with each other. The state has a long and proud history of creating some of
    the best whiskey in the country. One of the best places to learn about this
    history is at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. This museum, located
    in Bardstown, central Kentucky, explains how whiskey was created since the
    founding of the United States, and the impact it had on the country. Many
    historical artifacts are on display, including a still owned by George

    6.) Lousiville Mega
    – For a cave tour unlike any other in the
    country, head to Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville. This man made cavern
    attracts visitors from all over the country due to its convenient location
    and distinction of having the world’s only fully underground zip-line course.
    If zip-lining through this massive cave isn’t enticing enough, they also
    offer a full obstacle course, jeep tours, a BMX course, and the occasional
    music concert.

    7.) Kentucky
    Derby Museum
    – The Kentucky Derby is described by
    some as “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” Whether or not
    you agree with that statement, the famous horse race never fails to attract
    millions of spectators to watch the some of the fastest horses in the world
    compete. The best place to learn about the history and significance of this
    race is at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville.

    Kentucky Derby 2014-0214 (Kentucky Derby Race. https://www.flickr.com/photos/8099556@N08/)


    8.) X-10
    Nuclear Reactor
    – There are currently 99 active
    nuclear reactors throughout the United States. To see the oldest reactor
    built in the U.S., head to Oak Ridge, eastern Tennessee. The X-10 Reactor
    went into operation in 1943 to convert uranium into plutonium for nuclear
    weapons. After World War Two ended, the X-10 was used to create radioactive
    isotopes until it was shut down in 1963. Today the reactor is a historical
    landmark, offering tours to visitors that educate about the nuclear weapons
    that were created and their effects.


    Elvis Presley moved to Memphis in 1948. It was here that he began his career
    as a musician, and quickly ascended to superstar status. When Presley was 22
    he bought a mansion called Graceland, a home that signified his journey from
    a poor boy to a global icon. After his death in 1977, the home was turned
    into a tourist attraction where Elvis fans can pay homage and learn more
    about how he lived.

    10.) American
    Museum of Science and Energy
    – Once known as the
    “American Museum of Atomic Energy,” the AMSE has gradually shifted
    to displaying America’s advancements in renewable energy. The various
    exhibits on display include information on Earth’s energy resources,
    activities and games to explore light and color, and a model of a nuclear
    reactor. The museum has gained high reviews from visitors and was rated the
    number one thing to see in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

    Graceland (Inside the Graceland Mansion. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pedaal/)


    Windsor Ruins
    – What appears to be the remains of an
    ancient Greek temple is actually the last remaining pillars of the Windsor
    Mansion. Completion of the mansion was finished in April of 1861 by Smith
    Daniell, who died just a few weeks later. After Daniell’s death, the home
    served as a hospital for Union soldiers during the Civil War. In 1890 the
    mansion was destroyed when a party guest left a cigar on the balcony, leaving
    only the supporting pillars behind. The Windsor Ruins have since become a
    tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the country to take photos
    and gain knowledge about the mansions fascinating

    12.) Vicksburg
    National Military Park
    – One of the most extensive
    Civil War tours in the United States is at the Vicksburg National Military
    Park in Vicksburg, western Mississippi. The park contains 1,325 historic
    monuments, 20 miles of war trenches, and a large collection of Civil War
    weapons. Visitors here can drive the 16 mile road and walk the 12.5 mile
    trail to see first hand the location of one of the most important battles in
    the Civil War.

    Vicksburg National military Park, MS (Vicksburg National Military Park. https://www.flickr.com/photos/44534236@N00/)