The Backroad Blog

The Acadian Exile, Louisiana Creoles, and the Rise of Cajun Branding

So what’s the difference between the terms “Creole” and “Cajun?” Louisiana historian and cultural authority Joseph Dunn sets the record straight on the Acadian exile, assimilation within the Creole population, and the late 20th century Cajun marketing machine.

Elvis in Tupelo: Discover The King’s Mississippi Roots

Visit the birthplace of Elvis in Tupelo, Mississippi, and tour 12 additional sites around town, including his boyhood church, schools, swimming hole, and the hardware store where he bought his first guitar.

14 Top Attractions in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Tour 14 top attractions in Hot Springs, Arkansas, including Hot Springs National Park, Mountain Tower, Bathhouse Row, Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, and Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Discover Switzerland’s Engadine Valley: The Hidden Side

Discover Engadine, Switzerland, with a hike through Swiss National Park, a drive along the Bernina Pass, a White Turf horse race in St. Moritz, an auto-train ride through the Vereina Tunnel, a glimpse of the 17th century painted houses at Guarda, and many more scenic Alpine wonders.

The Great Lakes Tour: A Circle Road Trip Itinerary

The Great Lakes tour is a circle road trip route through the United States and Canada to scenic destinations along Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Ontario, and Erie. This guide will help you map the perfect itinerary with suggested food, lodging, hikes, waterfalls, cruises, lighthouses, and more outdoor activities.

Explore Civil Rights History in Memphis, Tennessee

Explore Civil Rights history in Memphis, Tennessee, with visits to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Clayborn Temple, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, and Beale Street.

Searching for Emmett Till: A Mississippi Delta Pilgrimage

We went searching for Emmett Till on a Mississippi Delta pilgrimage, and along the way we unearthed legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, walked a Tallahatchie bridge, slept in sharecropper shacks, and ultimately uncovered traces of the teen martyr whose death gave birth to the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Civil Rights & African American Heritage Trails in Washington, DC

Follow African American heritage trails in Washington, DC, on an itinerary that includes the National Museum of African American Heritage & Culture, the African American Civil War Museum, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Newseum, Ben’s Chili Bowl, and other Civil Rights sites.

Two Mississippi Museums Chronicle State & Civil Rights History

Backroad Planet joined Jackson photographer Ashleigh Coleman for a preview of two Mississippi museums: the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Also on the itinerary, visits to the Smith Robertson Museum, the home of Medgar Evers, Bully’s Restaurant, and the Mississippi Supreme Court.