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The southern states definitely get a bad rep from the other regions of this country and, as with most reputations, there is an element of truth. But for the most part the south is a wonderful area and as someone who was born in Texas, mostly raised in Florida and currently reside in Richmond, Virginia, I am here to vouch for it's many good qualities.

  • The people:
    • Of course there are exceptions, but in my travels and life experience, I've found that the people in the southern United States are MUCH friendlier.
    • That sweet little old lady you just met will probably invite you in her home for some sweet tea and apple pie and treat you like one of her grandkids.
    • They also seem to have a better sense of humor and the ability to laugh at themselves.
  • Segway into: Southern hospitality.
  • The flora:
    • Palm trees.
    • Giant live oaks and Spanish moss.
    • Cypress trees in the swamps & bayous.
    • Magnolia trees and their gorgeous blossoms.
  • The fauna:
    • Alligators & crocodiles.
  • The classis cities and their architecture & landmarks:
    • Savannah, Georgia.
    • New Orleans, Louisiana.
    • St. Augustine, Florida.
    • Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Charleston, South Carolina.
  • The food & drink:
    • Crabs.
    • Cornbread.
    • Bourbon.
    • Sweet tea.
    • Lemonade.
    • Gumbo.
    • BBQ.
    • Biscuits & gravy.
    • Mint juleps.
  • The colonial history.
    • Plenty of battlefields and historic homes and plantations to visit.
  • The weather.
    • At least in most southern states, you get to experience the seasons without it getting too extremely hot or cold.
  • Mountains & forests:
    • Blue Ridge.
    • Shenandoah.
    • Smokies.
    • Appalachian.
  • Good camping & hiking in said mountains.
  • Southerners tend to slow down & live slower paced lives.
    • Sometimes this is bad but it's mostly good; living in the moment, enjoying precious time with family, etc.
  • The accents.
    • Some people hate them & think they sound unintelligent, but I find them endearing.
    • Yes/no ma'am/sir.
    • Ya'll.
    • The Cajun dialect.
  • The music. The south is the home of:
    • Rock & roll.
    • Bluegrass.
    • Country.
    • Folk.
  • Pick-up trucks.
  • Southern gentlemen:
    • I consider myself an independent woman but sometimes it's nice to have the door opened for you.
  • The Kentucky Bourbon trail.
  • The Kentucky Derby.
    • Big, fancy hats.
  • The Grand Ole Opry.
  • Rocking chairs on the front porch.
  • Old dirt roads.
  • Inspiration & setting for great literature:
    • To Kill a Mockingbird.
    • Most Tennessee Williams' and William Faulkner novels.
    • Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn.
jul 17 2009 ∞
nov 25 2013 +
user picture rose: YES. <3 the south. Even though I'm not "deep south," Washington DC is technically south. Besides, people around here are SO MUCH NICER then up north. And I say ya'al. AND OMG CHESAPEAKE BAY BLUE CRABS. Ok, I'm done, I could keep going on and on. :] oct 1 2009
user picture Raelynn: I live about 45 minutes from St. Augustine Florida, and would have to say its one of my most favorite places on this Earth :D aug 28 2010
user picture hollyowl: Love this list (: mar 19 2011
user picture S.: Great list. oct 30 2012
user picture Cristal: Great list! I'm from South Carolina and moved to the Pacific coast last year. I miss the South sooo much! Thanks for the nostalgia and the great list. :) jan 7 2014