Traveling the world is on my bucket list, but it’s not exactly in the budget right now. Fortunately, it’s possible to get a taste of the world and its history without ever leaving the South. Granted, some of the sites aren’t as awe inspiring as the real thing, but sometimes traveling the world starts by visiting the places right in your own backyard.
5 Ways to See the World Without Ever Leaving the South:
1. Eiffel Tower // Paris, TX
See the Eiffel Tower– the one in Paris, Texas, that is. You’ll notice a few differences in this 65-foot-tall Eiffel Tower and the one in Paris, most notably the giant cowboy hat on top. (And, if Texas is too far of a trek for you, then you might check out the one in Paris, Tennessee. It’s pretty similar to the one in Texas, albeit without the cowboy hat).
2. Slab of the Berlin Wall and Replica of the Eastern Gate in Jerusalem // Eureka Springs, AR
The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is an outdoor drama recounting the last days of Jesus’ life. It’s actually one of Arkansas’ biggest tourist attractions, but the drama isn’t the only thing visitors to the Great Passion Play can see. They also offer a three hour Holy Land Tour where, among other things, visitors can see a massive replica of the Great Wall of Jerusalem complete with two identical 47-foot-high gates. Also located on the grounds is a 10-foot-by-10-foot section of the Berlin Wall with the 23rd Psalm painted in German and 67-foot tall Jesus statue.
3. The Memphis Pyramid // Memphis, TN
When your city shares its name with ancient capital of Lower Egypt, it only makes sense to erect a pyramid. The Pyramid, which overlooks the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee, opened November 9, 1991, and was originally built as a sports or entertainment venue. However, it now serves as the home of a Bass Pro Shops and includes shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley, and archery range.
4. The Parthenon // Nashville, TN
Before earning the nickname, “Music City U.S.A.,” Nashville had another nickname: “The Athens of the South,” due to its many institutions of higher education. This nickname influenced the theme of the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Tennessee’s entry into the union. As part of the celebration, they built a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, complete with a reproduction of the statue of Athena Parthenos on display inside the Parthenon. The Parthenon is an awe-inspiring site and a must-see stop for any Nashville visitors.
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5. Bamahenge // Elberta, AL
Bamahenge, located on the Alabama gulf coast, is essentially identical to the original Stonehenge in England, and it correctly aligns with the summer solstice. Plus, it’s near the Alabama coast, so it’s the perfect roadside stop on your way to the beach.