Getting there & around
With the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta, Georgia is the main air gateway to the region. Memphis, TN, New Orleans, LA, and Charlotte and Raleigh, NC, have large regional airports. Greyhound (800-231-2222; www.greyhound.com) buses are frequent (if sometimes slow) and can be a dependable way to get from city to city. A number of Amtrak (800-872-7245; www.amtrak.com) train routes traverse the South. Beyond the cities – and often within them – you really need a car to get around.
Fortunately, this region has some good drives. These include the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Natchez Trace Parkway and Hwy 12 along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. I-10 runs along the Gulf Coast from Florida to New Orleans; I-20 links South Carolina with Louisiana via Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi; and I-40 goes from North Carolina to Arkansas via Tennessee. The chief north–south routes include I-95, I-75, I-65 and I-55.