The 715km Natchez Trace Parkway – a historic travel corridor used by Indigenous Americans – passes by Memphis and Nashville, letting drivers and cyclists see the slower side of the state.
Annapolis is also a bustling port, famed for its sailing and delicious crab cakes – who serves the best is a hotly debated local topic. Don’t miss a cruise out onto Chesapeake’s waters.
The first electric bike-sharing program in the US was developed in Birmingham. Take one to Red Mountain Park, where you'll find lots of trails winding through lush forests.
At the confluence of Barton Creek and the Colorado River, Austin's Zilker Park serves as the city's green lung. The annual Austin City Limits Music Festival is held there as well.
The Talbot Islands state parks are an untamed mixture of wetlands, dunes, and woodlands where live oak and cedar poke through white-sand coastlines, located off the north-east coast of Jacksonville.
The barrier island of Tybee, which is only 20 minutes from the city, features hiking trails, fantastic kayaking (be on the lookout for dolphins), and a fort from the Civil War that may be explored.
The affluent Vanderbilt family commissioned the opulent Biltmore Estate in Asheville, a 250-room home in the French Renaissance style, in the 1890s. It is still America's biggest private residence.
The interior and gardens are available for self-guided tours, and horseback rides around the expansive grounds are also an option.
Jackson is home to two state capitol structures. The oldest, constructed in the tasteful Neoclassical style in 1839, has been transformed into a fantastic free museum.