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Charleston, South Carolina

Rainbow Row

Thirteen pastel palaces in downtown Charleston add a gorgeous splash of color to the city.
Charleston, South Carolina

Tavern at Rainbow Row

The oldest liquor store in the country is a model of resilience and mischief.
Charleston, South Carolina

Old Slave Mart

South Carolina's last remaining slavery auction house is now a museum devoted to its own tragic history.
New Orleans, Louisiana

'Birthplace of Dixie' Plaque

The South's nickname was supposedly born at a former bank in New Orleans' French Quarter.
Polk City, Florida

Fantasy of Flight

The world's largest private aircraft collection.
Tampa, Florida

Hindu Temple of Florida

A gleaming white tower in ornate Indian style soars above the low-slung bungalows of north Tampa.
Dade City, Florida

Pioneer Florida Museum & Village

Step into the past and experience what life was once like in the Sunshine State.
Weeki Wachee, Florida

Weeki Wachee: City of Live Mermaids

Welcome to old Florida, where a 1940s mermaid show is still enchanting visitors.
Williston, Florida

Devil's Den

The scuba diving training facility was named for the steam that rises from the cave's chimney.
Homosassa, Florida

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Meet manatees face-to-face at this zoo for native species.
Homosassa, Florida

Monkey Island of Homosassa

In Florida, these naughty monkeys live on their own mini-monkey Alcatraz.
Chiefland, Florida

Manatee Springs

Where manatees are the snowbird vacationers in these balmy Florida springs.
Cedar Key, Florida

Site of the Rosewood Massacre

A thriving Black community was destroyed by an angry white mob at this site in 1923.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Buckner Mansion

This Garden District mansion was built to be bigger and grander than its original owner's former partner turned rival.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Bevolo Gas & Electric Light Museum

This quaint museum in a long-running workshop is dedicated to a fixture in New Orleans lighting.
New Orleans, Louisiana

United Fruit Company Building

The beautiful, fruit-covered facade hints at this building's former life.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Street Name Tiles of New Orleans

This distinctive Crescent City tradition dates back to the days of horse-drawn carriages.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Congo Square

Once the site of a Native American harvest festival, this humble clearing later played an invaluable role in the birth of jazz.
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Art of Dr. Seuss

Taxidermied cartoon heads, unseen illustrations, and famous characters all reside in this small gallery space.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Café Lafitte in Exile

One of the oldest continuously-operated gay bars in the United States is allegedly haunted by Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Musical Legends Park

A small park on Bourbon Street features life-size bronze statues of New Orleans musicians.
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Sazerac Bar

This bar named after the world's first mixed cocktail was home to one of New Orleans' most notorious politicians.
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Cats of Jackson Square

By day this New Orleans square is for pedestrians, but by night it is a kingdom of kittens.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Nicolas Cage's Pyramid Tomb

In 2010, Nicolas Cage purchased two plots in this cemetery using one to construct this strange pyramid mausoleum.