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Old 05-31-2015, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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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.
Abilene? Hardly. Tyler would be a better representation of a very Southern cities. Abilene is where it becomes less noticeable.
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Old 06-01-2015, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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For a vacation I think Charleston or Savannah is going to be the best combo of southern history and culture, plenty do do and see, and good food. Those cities have parts of town that are kind of idealized versions of the Old South. New Orleans is a fantastic city, and very southern, but also unique and in many ways it is less indicative of the larger south.

If this is more of a sociology thing and you don't need as "fun" a vacation but want to see a place that is representative of the less diluted version of the modern south, then maybe somewhere like Montgomery, Jackson, Little Rock, or Memphis.
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Old 06-01-2015, 07:14 AM
 
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For a vacation I think Charleston or Savannah is going to be the best combo of southern history and culture, plenty do do and see, and good food. Those cities have parts of town that are kind of idealized versions of the Old South. New Orleans is a fantastic city, and very southern, but also unique and in many ways it is less indicative of the larger south.

If this is more of a sociology thing and you don't need as "fun" a vacation but want to see a place that is representative of the less diluted version of the modern south, then maybe somewhere like Montgomery, Jackson, Little Rock, or Memphis.
I agree with this 100%.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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Jackson, MS
Montgomery, AL
Birmingham, AL
Savannah, GA
Charleston, SC
Columbia, SC
Memphis, TN

Charleston and Savannah are the best for southern history, both are extremely historic. Richmond could also work, but Richmond is also borderline Mid-Atlantic as opposed to being undeniably southern. The rest of those cities, especially Jackson and Montgomery, have few transplants so they're probably the best picks where you "get what you think of the South" without venturing into rural areas.
Contrary to what some folks may think, Birmingham isn't a quintessential Southern city like Savannah, Charleston, or even Montgomery. It's too new, for one, being primarily settled at the tail end of the 19th century. It's located at the southern terminus of the Appalachians, giving it a vibe more like Nashville and maybe even Louisville. If you're looking for old-timey Southern character in Alabama, your best bet is to look in the southern half of the state.
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