Video: Mississippi Juke Joints

Shannen takes in the blues at Po' Monkey's, an authentic juke joint.

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Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed) and Holly Marie Combs (Charmed, Pretty Little Liars) are taking a break from Hollywood to go Off the Map in search of unfiltered adventure in America.
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Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby

The locals in Louisville, Kentucky, take their sports seriously. Thousands of people converge on Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby to see 3-year-old Thoroughbreds race. The annual competition, held on the first Saturday in May, ends the 2-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. We can’t forget about the college basketball buzz around the city about 2012 NCAA Basketball Champs University of Kentucky Wildcats, the only team with the most all-time wins in the history of college basketball. 960 1280

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Pegasus Parade

Pegasus Parade

The Pegasus Parade is the Kentucky Derby Festival’s longest running event. Marching bands, floats, notable celebs and locals -- as well as inflatable characters, including the Pegasus -- are some of the reasons why this is a popular must-see event for both locals and visitors. The Great Steamboat Race and Thunder Over Louisville are also a couple not-to-be-missed events. 960 1280

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Proof of Main

Proof of Main

Proof on Main, located inside the 21c Museum Hotel, is a must-see stop when visiting Louisville. Esquire Magazine called the restaurant “a favorite for locals and visitors alike.” The restaurant supports local farming by using locally-grown ingredients in its menu items. And at the restaurant’s bar, pull up a barstool and enjoy sampling more than 50 types of Kentucky bourbon. The restaurant compliments its culinary artistry by featuring rotating contemporary art exhibitions, curated by 21c Museum. 960 1280

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Lynn’s Paradise Café

Lynn’s Paradise Café

Lynn’s Paradise Café serves American food with a Southern twist. The walnut-crusted chicken, fried-green tomato BLT, World Famous Bloody Mary and mint julep are a couple items on the menu. Bourbons Bistro, Limestone, The Comfy Cow, Mark’s Feed Store, Jack Fry’s Restaurant and Toast on Market are few other places we’d recommend you try when visiting the Derby City. 960 1280

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Muhammad Ali Center

Muhammad Ali Center

Boxing great Muhammad Ali was born and raised in Louisville. The philanthropist and social activist, and his wife Lonnie, started the Ali center as a way to honor the sports legend, and to educate the public by hosting numerous special events. Other must-see Louisville attractions include the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Louisville Zoo, Frazier International History Museum, or take a stroll down the city’s Riverwalk. 960 1280

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Germantown Neighborhood

Germantown Neighborhood

Louisville is made up of a mix of different neighborhoods, including Highlands, Jeffersontown, Old Louisville, NuLu, Middleton, Crescent Hill and Lyndon. Germantown (pictured) -- settled by German immigrants in the 1870s -- is slowly transitioning to a younger, more educated demographic. In this neighborhood, it’s not uncommon to find renovated homes complete with gardens, bee hives and backyard chickens. 960 1280

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The Seelbach Hilton Hotel

The Seelbach Hilton Hotel

Take a step back in time, and stay at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel. Built in 1905 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Seelbach Hotel’s grand ambiance inspired author F. Scott’s Fitzgerald to use the hotel as a backdrop for Tom and Daisy’s wedding in his novel, “The Great Gatsby.” For other options on where to stay, try The Galt House, Camberley Brown, 21c Museum Hotel, Central Park Bed and Breakfast or the Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast. 960 1280

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Embassy Suites Louisville

Embassy Suites Louisville

If you’re visiting Louisville on a budget, we suggest you stay at the Embassy Suites Louisville (pictured), Fairfield Inn and Suites Louisville North or the Louisville Marriott Downtown. 960 1280

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Downtown Louisville

Downtown Louisville

Downtown Louisville is the largest central business district in Kentucky, and it’s the oldest neighborhood in Louisville. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville Glassworks, Louisville Slugger Field, Waterfront Park, Riverfront Plaza, KFC Yum! Center and Early Time Distillery are a few attractions travelers can visit in this neighborhood. 960 1280

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Belle of Louisville

Belle of Louisville

Take a ride on the Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating steamboat on the Mississippi River waterway system. Built in 1914, the Belle and the more modern paddle-wheeler, Spirit of Jefferson, carry passengers along the Ohio River for 2-hours, ranging in price from $8 to $16 per person. 960 1280

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Bike Louisville

Bike Louisville

Hop on a bike and explore Louisville, thanks to the Bike Louisville program. A local and visitor can rent a bike and enjoy some of the city’s paths, including Riverwalk Trail or Levee Trail. There are also metro paths that are more suitable for bikers. Check out the Bike Louisville website for more information. 960 1280

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Sandpearl Resort (Clearwater Beach)

Sandpearl Resort (Clearwater Beach)

The Sandpearl has all the usual beauty of a beachfront hotel but adds 2 distinctive amenities. First, it boasts the only AAA 4-diamond restaurant in Clearwater, Caretta on the Gulf, which serves up seasonal dishes and ocean views. Second, it features huge beach fire pits, the perfect perch for watching the sunset over the gulf. 960 1280

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Sanibel Siesta on the Beach (Sanibel Island)

Sanibel Siesta on the Beach (Sanibel Island)

All the extravagances of a luxury resort with all the comforts of home. That’s what guests get at Sanibel Siesta on the Beach, which offers 56 rental condos with full kitchens and space to sleep 6. What you probably don't have at home is a private beach, heated outdoor pool, bike paths and tennis courts. 960 1280

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The Breakers (Palm Beach)

The Breakers (Palm Beach)

Established in 1896, the Breakers resort is a veritable playground for vacationers of all ages. Consider that it features a half-mile private beach, 4 pools, 8 restaurants, 10 shops, 2 golf courses, 10 tennis courts, 5 whirlpools and much more. It even has its own reef for snorkeling and scuba diving.  960 1280

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Southernmost Beach Resort (Key West)

Southernmost Beach Resort (Key West)

Southernmost Beach Resort is everything you want in a Key West getaway, with classic island design and myriad amenities. Sunbathe on the private pier, grab a cocktail from the beachfront bars, or recharge during aqua yoga classes in the pool. To top it all off, Southernmost is close to the action of Duval Street — but not too close. 960 1280

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Hyatt Siesta Key Beach, A Hyatt Residence Club (Siesta Key)

Hyatt Siesta Key Beach, A Hyatt Residence Club (Siesta Key)

Don’t lift a finger during your stay at the Hyatt Siesta Key Beach. Get groceries delivered to your rental condo. Order a drink from your poolside cabana. Venture down to the beach to soak up some sun. Call on one of the chefs-in-residence to cook a family meal in your room. And if you happen to get ambitious, go explore the joys of nearby Sarasota, FL. 960 1280

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LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (Naples)

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (Naples)

It may be on the pricey side, but a stay at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is definitely worth it. There’s nothing you can’t do here, from spa treatments to beachside dining to golf to water sports. And with a kids’ camp and babysitting services on-site, it’s a win-win for everyone in the family. 960 1280

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South Seas Island Resort (Captiva Island)

South Seas Island Resort (Captiva Island)

Get a little wild on your Florida vacation at this resort village and 330-acre wildlife preserve, where natural allure meets luxurious elegance. In addition to lounging on 2 1/2 miles of white-sand beach, guests can go exploring on sailing and fishing excursions or go searching around the island for 230 species of birds and more than 250 types of seashells. 960 1280

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Vintro Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach)

Vintro Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach)

Can’t decide between a relaxing beach getaway and an exciting South Beach party? Thanks to Vintro Hotel, you can have both. This adults-only spot provides intimacy in spades, including a cozy courtyard and a rooftop pool. But its location in the center of the city’s cultural district means it’s close to all the action. 960 1280

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The Seagate Hotel & Spa (Delray Beach)

The Seagate Hotel & Spa (Delray Beach)

When you stay at the Seagate Hotel & Spa, you aren’t just a guest — you’re an elite beach club member. Less than a mile from the hotel itself (reached via a walk along the shore or a free shuttle), the Seagate Beach Club offers a waterfront pool, additional dining options and private beach access, including towels, chairs and umbrellas.  960 1280

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One Ocean Resort & Spa (Atlantic Beach)

One Ocean Resort & Spa (Atlantic Beach)

The beauty of One Ocean Resort & Spa near Jacksonville, FL, is surpassed only by the service it provides its guests. Each visit is customized based on your individual preferences, which are collected during a pre-stay phone call. After arrival, personal docents cater to your every need, from unpacking to booking spa treatments to offering insider recommendations. 960 1280

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Fried Pies
Fried Pies

Fried Pies

Take a big ole bite out of a tantalizing fruit-filled fried pie -- and we don’t mean the McDonald’s kind. Tennesseans have been wrapping apples, peaches and berries in pie crust and deep-frying it for years, and they know how to do it right. 960 1280

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Sweet tea

Sweet tea

No Southern meal is complete without a glass of sweet tea. Iced tea sweetened with plenty of sugar is standard in the South, so consider this your warning if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth. 960 1280

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RC Cola and Moon Pie

RC Cola and Moon Pie

First invented at Chattanooga Bakery, moon pies are a Tennessee tradition. In the 1950s stores began selling moon pies and RC Cola together. The combination was the inspiration for the ’50s hit “Gimme an RC Cola and a Moon Pie,” as well as the annual RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival.
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Country ham

Country ham

Country ham is arguably Tennessee’s most famous delicacy. The hams are salt-cured and served boiled, broiled or fried, and give Virginia’s Smithfield hams a run for their money. 960 1280

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Fried catfish

Fried catfish

Tennesseans also love their fried catfish, a popular Southern specialty that’s often served with hush puppies -- little balls of fried cornmeal. 960 1280

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Stack cake

Stack cake

An Appalachian specialty, stack cake is made of thin layers of cake with an apple filling between each. Legend has it that the cakes were originally a wedding tradition -- guests would each bring a layer, and the number of layers represented the popularity of the bride. 960 1280

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes

The official fruit of Tennessee, tomatoes grow particularly well in the state’s soil and sun. 960 1280

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Memphis Ribs

Memphis Ribs

You can’t visit Tennessee without a big ole plate of Memphis barbecue, distinctive for its flavorful dry rub rather than the usual messy sauce. 960 1280

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Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels

Tennessee is also home to Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey; the famous spirit has been distilled and bottled in Lynchburg, TN, since 1875. 960 1280

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Baked beans

Baked beans

Bush’s Original Baked Beans also have their roots in Tennessee, but don’t bother asking for the recipe -- it has remained a closely-guarded family secret since the 1930s. 960 1280

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Biscuits and red-eye gravy

Biscuits and red-eye gravy

The perfect accompaniment to Tennessee country ham is a spread of biscuits and red-eye gravy -- a sauce made from a mixture of ham drippings and coffee. 960 1280

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