Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny
things that happen to everyone.
She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
Journal. She has been
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at Guidepost Books. Her articles have appeared in
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Southern Places to
See Before You Die
The South has much to be proud of, and you don't have
to put up with Yankees or go all the way to California to find
experiences to remember.
Ridge Parkway: Hwy. 1 in California may be spectacular, but we
have the Blue Ridge Parkway, a ribbon of highway across the
Appalachians. Talk about wonderful vistas, especially in the fall when
the leaves turn red and orange, no place on earth is more scenic or
Florida Keys: For a unique atmosphere with scenic beauty, how
about the Florida Keys? The colors of the ancient coral reefs beneath
the sea are breathtaking and the city of Key West is a relaxed,
sub-tropical spot that is one of a kind.
Graceland: Visit the home of the late Elvis Presley in Memphis.
141 platinum and gold records attest to the fact that he is the King
of Rock'n'Roll. Thousands of fans have paid homage to his memory,
making Graceland the most visited home in America after the White
Grand Ole Opry: An entertainment icon featuring legendary
country music singers in live performances also broadcast on the
radio. The show attracts thousands of visitors from around the world
Beach: While many sing the praises of the beautiful sandy beaches
of Miami Beach and Pensacola, southerners have discovered their own
seashore paradise and Redneck Riviera at Myrtle Beach, SC.
Dollywood: If amusement parks float your boat, you probably
think of Disney World, but don't forget Dollywood, a family vacation
Mecca nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains and loaded with rides and
musical entertainment. It is only a short drive to the most visited
National Park in the U.S.
Hot Springs: Nothing can beat Yellowstone for geothermal
activity, for sure, but the South has Hot Springs, Arkansas, our
smallest National Park. You can soak in soothing thermal waters and
enjoy the pleasures of a natural spa resort in a historic setting.
Colonial Williamsburg: For a taste of colonial times, this
restored historic area in Virginia has become a must see attraction
for history that predates the American Revolution. Nearby Jamestown
was the first English settlement in America.
Daytona Speedway: Southerners are shade-tree mechanics at heart
and big fans of cars and motor sports. Daytona is the Indianapolis of
the South and the most prestigious NASCAR racetrack, confirming auto
racing as a southern passion.
Stone Mountain: With giant carving of Confederate military
leaders, Stone Mountain, GA, has been called the Mt. Rushmore of the
South. From Ft. Sumter, SC, where the first shot of the War Between
the States was fired, to Appomattox Courthouse where Gen. Robert E.
Lee surrendered, the South has an abundance of battlefields and
memorials of the War Between the States.
The bustling hub of today's South, Atlanta is appropriately located in
the heart of the Old South. The birthplace of civil rights leader, Dr.
Martin Luther King, it claims CNN News headquarters, the Atlanta
Braves, Coco-Cola, the Atlanta Aquarium and some nightmarish traffic.
Kitty Hawk: Where the Wright Bros flew the first airplane and
the world was changed forever. The South is still home to numerous
aviation and space localities, including Cape Kennedy, NASA Space
Museum in Huntsville, AL; and Pensacola Naval Air Station, home of the
Kentucky Derby: Southerners love tradition and Louisville is
host to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Almost as important as
the world-class racing is the fashion spectacle of ladies in
sundresses and wide-brim hats that make it not only a horse race, but
a true southern experience.
Rock City: A roadside attraction made famous by "See Rock
City" signs on the roofs of barns and red birdhouses, Rock City
in Chattanooga is little more than an area of interesting rock
formations with a view of the city; however, the success of clever
advertising has made it a world-famous attraction.
You are probably making a mental list of your own by now, so grab the
camera and the kids, take to the road and see these nearby sites right
in our own backyard.
Copyright 2012 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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