50 photos that will make you wish you lived in the South

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  • The South is one of the most beautiful parts of the United States.
  • The region, which comprises 16 states and Washington, DC, is home to sweet tea, sweeping landscapes, and unique architecture.
  • From Texas‘ Mexican-inspired cuisine to the stunning beaches of Florida and the lush forests of West Virginia, the region has something to offer everyone.

Between its beautiful beaches, charming cities, and its renowned hospitality, there are many reasons to visit the South.

The South, according to the US Census Bureau, is made up of 16 states — Alabama; Arkansas; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Mississippi; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; and West Virginia — as well as Washington, DC.

These photos of the region will make you wish you lived in the South, or, if you already live there, make you feel grateful that you do.

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Alabama’s capital of Montgomery is a beautiful city with much to see and do.

With a walkable downtown area, beautiful parks, and plenty of museums — a number of which are dedicated to the city’s history as the birthplace of the civil-rights movement — Montgomery has a ton to offer visitors and locals alike. Alabama’s capital also boasts a great food scene, known for its barbecue and seafood.

Alabama is also home to scenic hiking trails. Little River Canyon is one of the most photogenic trails in Alabama.

According to the National Park Service, Little River Canyon “offers a place of solitude, beauty, and awe.”

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the challenge of hiking to this northeastern Alabama gem, while those with young children or limited walking abilities may prefer to take the scenic driving route to the site.

Speaking of beautiful natural scenery, look no further than the beaches of southern Alabama.

Beach lovers have good reason to flock to Alabama, too. The state’s southern coast has some of the most stunning ocean landscapes in the country. Places like Gulf Shores (pictured above) and Orange Beach are hotspots for fishing and water sports.

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