The Art of Adventure: Nine Great Southern Escapes

For a story-filled summer, get off the beaten path—whether cruising the coastal highway, riding a street car through New Orleans, or saddling up on the North Carolina mountains


Fishing boats at their moorings near the village of Soufriere, Dominica.

The Ultimate Caribbean Castaway Experience

Welcome to the island of Dominica, where ferny trails zigzag into the jungle and the sea bubbles like champagne. Explore the wild island.

Photo: Cedric Angeles

The St. Charles Avenue streetcar runs through New Orleans’s Garden District.

A Streetcar Ride in New Orleans

New Orleans moves at the pace of soulmates holding hands and watching the world spill out before them. Find slow and steady joy on St. Charles Avenue.



Old-meets-older road signs; the Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, South Carolina.

Cruising the Coastal Highway

The quintessential Southern motorcycle route soars over rivers and skirts barrier islands, leading to delicious pit stops and views that will leave a mark on your memory. Lollygag via motorcycle.


Photo: Adobe Stock

An Amtrak train in Alexandria, Virginia.

Three Enchanting Train Trips

Hanna Raskin’s guide to Southern towns that deserve a longer look than you’d get through a car window. Hop a train to three whistle-stop destinations.


Photo: Brie Williams

The meadow at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, where horses graze with a view of the Smoky Mountains.

Riding High

Daniel Wallace treks through the North Carolina mountains on a horse with his name. Take an excursion by horseback.



In Abingdon, Virginia, cycling by the Black Dog Inn.

All Downhill From Here

The pleasure (and only a little pain) of cycling the Virginia Creeper Trail. Spin through a shaded cycling journey.


Photo: Margaret Houston Dominick

Peering through a gate linking two churchyards at St. Philip’s cemetery in Charleston.

A Garden Walk in Charleston

Find hidden beauty behind historic iron gates. Stroll through the Holy City’s green vein.


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