16 Southern Cities That Should Be on Your Travel Radar in 2019

If you love to explore new places, you probably agree that traveling is one of the best ways to spend your hard-earned money. But what less of us consider is that we don't always have to spend a fortune venturing across the globe to get outside of our comfort zones, see beautiful sites, meet interesting people, discover new things, and unwind away from home. In fact, sometimes we don't even need to go more than a couple of hours away from where we live to do so.

To make traveling feel a little more accessbile—and to stroke our own inner travel bugs—we're spotlighting continental destinations south of the Mason-Dixon line. Read on below to get a taste of the eight best Southern cities to explore on your next vacation, plus eight extra to pass through while you're in the region. From personality-packed and historically significant port cities to large metropolises, smaller destinations with an international flair, the hardest part will be choosing which one you want to visit first since each beautiful Southern destination deserves a spot on your bucket list. Of course, don't forget to leave room for hushpuppies, beignets, hot fried chicken, and plenty of seafood.