From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, the South has witnessed some of the most important moments in American history. We asked USA TODAY 10Best readers to help us pick the best of the best historic Southern attractions, and after four weeks of voting, we have a winner!
Graceland, the former abode of Elvis and one of the most visited private homes in the nation, took home the title of Best Historic Southern Attraction, proving that Elvis is indeed still alive, if only in his fans' memories.
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, runner-up for Best Historic Southern Attraction, is a 4,000-acre park where visitors can learn about John Brown’s attempt to overthrow slavery, see historic battlefields and hike through nature along the river.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Historic Southern Attraction are as follows:
- Graceland - Memphis
- Harpers Ferry National Historic Park - Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
- Little Rock Central High School - Little Rock
- Edmund Pettus Bridge - Selma, Ala.
- Colonial Williamsburg - Williamsburg, Va.
- Historic District - St. Augustine, Fla.
- Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Va.
- Dexter Parsonage Museum - Montgomery, Ala.
- Appomattox Court House - Appomattox, Va.
- Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon, Va.
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Larry Bleiberg (LarryBleiberg.com), Tanner Latham (AuthenticUsStories.com) and Lacy Morris (10Best Editor) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of travel in the American South.
Other nominees for Best Historic Southern Attraction included 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.; the Alamo in San Antonio; Angel Oak Tree in Johns Island, S.C.; Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston; the Lorraine Motel in Memphis; Monticello in Charlottesville, Va.; Montpelier in Orange, Va.; Natchez Trace Parkway in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee and University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo