9 Stunning Southern U.S. Destinations That Feel Like Another Country
No passport required!
When you think of the South, grasses green and towering oak trees might come to mind. What you may not know is that there are several exotic destinations in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi that look like another country entirely. These spectacular spots will "transport" you to South America, Europe, and Asia, and they all belong on your Southern trip bucket list.
Devil's Millhopper State Park - Brazil
Price: $4 per vehicle with up to 8 people, $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists
Address: 4732 Millhopper Rd., Gainesville, FL
Why You Need To Go: Step into thisin Florida that'll make you feel like you're deep within the Amazon.
Monte Sano State Park - Japan
Address: 5105 Nolen Ave., Huntsville, AL
Why You Need To Go: You can visit these peaceful gardens in Alabama and experience a little bit of.
Windsor Ruins - Greece
Address: Rodney Road, Port Gibson, MS
Why You Need To Go: The ruins of thislook a little like the remnants of the Parthenon, an ancient Greek temple.
Castillo de San Marcos - Spain
Address: 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, FL
Why You Need To Go: St. Augustine, FL was settled by Spanish conquistadors in 1565, inspiring a lot of the city's architecture. was built to defend against the British. They even offer of the allegedly haunted location.
Neversink Preserve - Venezuela
Price: Free permit
Address: Fackler, AL
Why You Need To Go: One of Alabama's most photographed spots, thisis like a portal to Venezuela and its Sarisarinama sinkholes.
Tishomingo State Park - Philippines
Address: 105 Co Rd. 90, Tishomingo, MS
Why You Need To Go: Thisthrough a lush Mississippi park looks like the incredible ones found in the Philippines.
The Venetian Pool - Italy
Address: 2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables, FL
Why You Need To Go: Inspired by Venice, thisin Miami is fed by an underground aquifer and has a Venetian-style bridge.
Dismals Canyon - Malaysia
Address: 901 Hwy. 8, Phil Campbell, AL
Why You Need To Go: You can't help but feel the tropical vibes while you roam thisin Alabama that looks like it could be a Malaysian rainforest.
Sky Lake - Indonesia
Address: Belzoni, MS
Why You Need To Go: Wander down the boardwalk at this thick green bog in Mississippi that looks like an Indonesian swamp.
These extraordinary locations may look foreign, but they're actually just a road trip away. Immerse yourself in these amazing places in the South and you'll feel like you're traveling the world — all.
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