Spend any time at all traveling throughout the Southeast and you’ll be sure to encounter any number of beautiful spots and fun places.
Some of them you might plan for, while others you might stumble upon while exploring a new location.
Any time you travel, some of the best things to come upon are those hidden gems, the places that only a select group know about — and are willing to share.
In this post, we’ve done the hard work for you. We’re sharing some of the true hidden gems in the Southeast that we think you should check out.
Jekyll Island (GA)
Just off the coast of Georga, Jekyll Island was once a hidden vacation spot for America’s rich and famous. Now, the word is out, but it’s still a great little gem. It has some beautiful beachfront as well as walking tours and cycling trails and excellent golf courses. Perfect for an active traveler.
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (Gulfshores, AL)
If you’re spending any time in either Mobile or Pensacola, take a day and head to the Alabama coast. There, not far from Gulf Shores, you’ll find the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. This tiny slip of land his home to beautiful beaches, 5 miles of hiking trails, and hundreds of species.
Delta Blues Museum (Clarkesdale, MS)
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Wow!! Check out the new window at the Delta Blues Museum! It is especially stunning at nighttime. These window decals (featuring John Lee Hooker, Little Milton, & Muddy Waters) are part of our new exhibit design which is well underway. If you haven't been here in the past few weeks, it's time to come see all of the great new changes in our gallery!!! Photo courtesy of: Alex Stotts (Solidlight) #clarksdalems #deltablules #dbmclarksdale #solidlight #johnleehooker #littlemilton #muddywaters
Many people consider Mississippi to be the birthplace of The Blues. So if you’re a music fan, head to the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. There, you’ll learn all about the history of this type of music and the most important musicians who paved the way to the music we enjoy today.
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens (West Palm Beach, FL)
Tucked away in an unassuming area of West Palm Beach, Florida you’ll find Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. The property, now on the National Historic Registry consists of a historic home and over 100 sculptures by Ann Weaver Norton, who exhibited her pieces in museums including the MoMA and Whitney.
Tarpon Springs (FL)
Tarpon Springs is a quiet town not far from St. Petersburg on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Its biggest claim to fame is being the ‘sponge capital of the world.’ With over 50 miles of beaches and historic downtown, it’s a perfect gem to wander and discover an amazing array of Greek restaurants and taverns.
Dahlonega Wine Country (Dahlonega, GA)
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What are you grateful for today?✨ . . We are so grateful to have the pleasure to see so many of our Florida friends over the past week who evacuated #hurricanedorian. We had many laughs, shared great wine, and added more awesome memories to the books. 🥐🍷🧀 . . We were the lucky ones. Our hearts go out to all those who’s lives were lost and who’s homes were destroyed by such a tragic hurricane. Take a moment to be grateful for your life and loved ones and cherish the little things today and onward. ❤️❤️❤️ #accentcellars #microwinery #craftingthegoodlife #drinklocal #grateful #bahamasstrong . . 📸: @thelovelymrswyatt
Little slices of wine country are popping up all over the US and one of the latest getting attention is in Dahlonega, Georgia. Not far from Atlanta and in the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find nearly a dozen vineyards and tasting rooms ready for you to sample.
The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden (Bishopville, SC)
When Pearl Fryar first acquired land in Bishopville, South Carolina, he became a man on a mission. That mission? To create a beautiful topiary garden. Fryar taught himself both how to garden and create topiaries from scratch, and now has over 300 examples on the three-acre plot at The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden.
Spend any time in the Southeast and you’ll discover plenty of amazing spots where you’ll fall in love. You won’t be disappointed, we promise!