There aren’t many places in the U.S. — or the world, frankly — that can match the Deep South for charm, character, and quirkiness. This 12-day trip pulls back the curtain on this unique part of the country by way of groovy Charleston, cosmopolitan Atlanta, sultry Savannah, the Elvis mecca of Memphis, and other hot spots, while serving up heaping helpings of colonial estates, Cajun cuisine, jazz, country, and blues music, whiskey, and fun. It’s different down here. Way different. Come on down and git yer drawl on, y’all.
Day 1 New Orleans
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 New Orleans/Birmingham
Drive through the Deep South en route to Birmingham. Visit the country’s largest civil rights museum to learn about the racial integration movement in the US.
Day 3 Birmingham/Savannah
Head to historic Savannah. Opt for a walk around the Bonaventure Cemetery and historic district of Savannah, or stroll through town admiring the architecture and oak trees covered in Spanish moss.
Day 4 Savannah
Enjoy a free day, and opt to check out City Market for local restaurants and art, visit the maritime museum, or stroll the grounds of a historic plantation.
Day 5 Savannah/Charleston
Enjoy an orientation walk of Charleston. Opt to take a historic house tour, visit the Charleston City Market, or Folly Beach.
Day 6 Charleston
Explore Charleston on a free day. Opt to stroll the picturesque Battery neighbourhood, visit sites that date back to the Civil War, or take a boat tour around Charleston Harbor.
Day 7 Charleston/Atlanta
Drive to Atlanta, the capital of Georgia and home of Coca-Cola. Options include a tour of the factory or visiting some of the Martin Luther King Jr sites. Choose from excellent options for local food here, like one of the many true America diners from the early 1900s.
Day 8 Atlanta/Nashville
On the way to Nashville, Tennessee, stop in Lynchburg and opt for a tour of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Later, head out for live music and cowboy nightlife in this country music capital.
Day 9 Nashville/Memphis (1D)
Travel west to Memphis, Tennessee. Enjoy an included Southern barbecue dinner, then opt to catch some live music on Beale Street, where the blues was born.
Day 10 Memphis
Take advantage of a free day in Memphis. Opt to tour Elvis’ home, Graceland; check out the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll, Sun Studios; or tour the National Civil Rights Museum.
Day 11 Memphis/New Orleans
Cross the border into Louisiana and drive straight to the Bayou. Opt to explore the French Quarter and try some authentic Cajun food for dinner.
Day 12 New Orleans
Depart at any time.
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