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Where am I go­ing? On a road-trip around the Deep South.

Air­line: The launches of di­rect

Bri­tish Air­ways (0344 493 0787; ba. com) flights from Heathrow to New Or­leans (March 2017) and Nashville (May 2018) have un­der­mined the need to visit At­lanta. But the Ge­or­gia cap­i­tal is a con­ve­nient en­try spot for the US (the fig­ures show this – Harts­field-Jack­son is the world’s busiest air­port). Re­turn flights with BA (from Heathrow) start at £548. Vir­gin At­lantic (0344 874 7747; vir­ginat­ flies from Heathrow and Manch­ester.

Rea­sons to linger: Pause be­fore you flit down the high­way. Walk in Cen­ten­nial Olympic Park (a legacy of the 1996 Olympics;, and stroll the BeltLine East­side Trail (­side-trail). The Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Ge­or­gia (; $8/£6) is a grand show­case of lo­cal cre­ativ­ity.

Stay: The sleek Loews At­lanta (tele­­lanta) is a high-ris­ing spire of the 21st cen­tury, on Peachtree Street in Mid­town. Dou­bles for £153, room only.

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