National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Editor’s letter


America’s Deep South is a powerfully evocative region, etched in the popular imaginatio­n through legendary music, globally exported Creole and Cajun cuisine and its starring role in numerous iconic films and books. Your connection to it will already be personal — perhaps even shaped by first-hand memories.

Clustered together in the nation’s southeast corner, the five states we’ve focused on span sleepy swamps, soaring mountains, the mighty Mississipp­i River and some of the country’s most dynamic cities, from Atlanta to Charleston. Whatever ideas it conjures, this fascinatin­g corner of the country is keeping its traditions alive, all the while reframing its history.

The region’s unique appeal to the senses is what really sets it apart, whether it’s the jazz ri„ffs lingering in the air of New Orleans’ French Quarter, the heart-racing adventures on off„er in its wildlife-rich wetlands or the delectable smokehouse­s of the BBQ Belt.

DiŠfficult to pin down, perhaps, but home to architectu­re, music, landscapes, people and food that could belong nowhere else, the Deep South has a rich, complex appeal that continues to develop and grow. This issue, we celebrate the joys of the American Deep South, in all its ever-evolving glory.


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