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Old 05-31-2015, 10:30 AM
 
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Some cities in Texas would sure qualify, like the medium sized ones, like Abilene or something. Of course Jackson, MS, Montgomery and Birmingham, AL, Shreveport, LA, Macon, GA, Memphis, TN, Knoxville, TN, Columbia, SC, Charlotte, NC, Lexington, KY, Savannah, GA, Charleston, SC, Roanoake, VA would have a lot of that.
Ummm, no. Southern for sure, but hardly among the most Southern cities.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:33 AM
 
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I'd add Augusta, GA; Mobile, AL; and even Jacksonville, FL to an extent.
True, even Little Rock and possibly Baton Rouge.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:36 AM
 
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Oklahoma City isn't that culturally southern IMO. Maybe it's a different kind of southern, but I'd definitely recommend cities further east like Jackson or Montgomery over Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ft. Worth, etc.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:39 AM
 
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Smaller towns like Madison, GA or Fairhope, AL are nice. Do not go to Memphis TN or Jackson MS, they are just not safe. Savannah, GA would be tops in my opinion.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:43 AM
 
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Smaller towns like Madison, GA or Fairhope, AL are nice. Do not go to Memphis TN or Jackson MS, they are just not safe. Savannah, GA would be tops in my opinion.
Savannah has just as much crime as Memphis or Jackson; in all of those cities, you'll be find for the most part if you stick to the downtown/touristy areas.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:52 AM
 
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Montgomery is the underbelly of the Deep South, it's nicknamed "The Cradle of the Confederacy." That region of Alabama had many plantations, extremely culturally southern although it's an economically depressed area. The Mississippi Delta is in the same boat, and although I haven't visited, I'm sure Jackson and Montgomery are very similar (if I had to place money).

Charleston and Savannah have more transplants but they're definitely the best cities if you wish to see the historic side of the South.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:57 AM
 
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Only a handful of southern metros have retained a strong southern identity without the influence of many transplants, like Montgomery and Jackson.

If you truly want to see the South, I wouldn't recommend visiting:

Northern Virginia (DC metro)
Hampton Roads, VA
Raleigh/Durham, NC
Charlotte, NC
Atlanta, GA
Nashville, TN
Orlando, FL
Miami, FL (this should be kinda obvious)
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
Houston, TX
Austin, TX

These areas have had their cultures diluted by many transplants. Although they're still in the South, there are better areas if you wish to see the "old timey South."
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:15 AM
 
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Montgomery is the underbelly of the Deep South, it's nicknamed "The Cradle of the Confederacy." That region of Alabama had many plantations, extremely culturally southern although it's an economically depressed area. The Mississippi Delta is in the same boat, and although I haven't visited, I'm sure Jackson and Montgomery are very similar (if I had to place money).

Charleston and Savannah have more transplants but they're definitely the best cities if you wish to see the historic side of the South.
Actually I think the Mississippi Delta region is the true underbelly of the Deep South; that kind of extends eastward into the Black Belt region of Alabama (and on through Georgia, northern Florida, SC, and up in to eastern NC, which pretty much constitutes the heart of the Deep South) but Montgomery itself isn't so bad, at least downtown. It has a fairly nice looking downtown with fairly recent construction and some projects currently under construction.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:18 AM
 
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Actually I think the Mississippi Delta region is the true underbelly of the Deep South; that kind of extends eastward into the Black Belt region of Alabama (and on through Georgia, northern Florida, SC, and up in to eastern NC, which pretty much constitutes the heart of the Deep South) but Montgomery itself isn't so bad, at least downtown. It has a fairly nice looking downtown with fairly recent construction and some projects currently under construction.
I could see that, yeah.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:29 PM
 
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Birmingham, Alabama
Dallas, Texas
Memphis, Tennessee
Charleston, South Carolina
Nashville, Tennessee
Richmond, Virginia

All come to my mind
How to the one in bold? Especially compared to the cities you just named.
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