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The South


You can spend a sweltering summer day in the South and wonder if somehow you stumbled into the devil’s sweaty armpit. This is especially true in the low-lying subtropical coastal regions and in inland areas of South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana, where a summer breeze is sometimes as good as a cold beer, and much harder to come by.

In the northern part of the region, mountains cool and dry out the air and the mountain rivers trickle into the fertile lands, especially in Arkansas’ Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, in Tennessee’s Blue Ridge Mountains, and in North Carolina where the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains thrust northward.

Tourism in the region peaks from June to September. Mild weather and blossoming flowers make spring (May to June) a good time to visit, and fall colors decorate the landscape in September and October, especially in the mountain regions.