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Classic Deep South

GSM, Nashville, Memphis, Natchez, New Orleans, The Florida Panhandle & Atlanta

Starting and finishing in Atlanta, immerse yourself in the Deep South’s absorbing culture, music and food on our classic road trip. You’ll explore six of America’s southern states – home to blues, bbq, bourbon and more.

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Classic Deep South 14 days

All of our American road trips can be tailored to meet your requirements. Do you have more or less than 14 days for your road trip? No problem, we can bolt on extra nights to allow more time to explore or shorten the number of destinations as required. Just let us know when requesting your quote.

A journey through Dixie's classic destinations

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Stone Mountain - Atlanta

Day 1

Arrive in the Deep South

Fly to Atlanta from the UK. You'll then collect your car at the airport and head northeast for a short drive to Atlanta’s answer to Central Park, Stone Mountain Park. Offering green spaces surrounding a huge quartz monzonite dome, this is the most scenic introduction to the city. Tomorrow, you’ll start your road trip with a cruise around America’s most visited National Park - the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Key location: Atlanta
  • Stone Mountain Park
  • 36 Miles

Great Smoky Mountains

Day 2

Discover America’s most visited National Park

Ridge upon ridge of pristine forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in this super popular National Park. The Smokies are world-renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture.

  • Key location: GSM NP
  • Great Smoky Mountains NP
  • 167 Miles

GSM Cabin

Day 3

Another day to enjoy the great outdoors in The Smokies

Enjoy your second day exploring The Great Smoky Mountains. Look out for the wonderful wildlife living here. Black bears, bobcats, elk roam freely. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an awesome place to visit at any time of year, but in autumn the trees put on a spectacular show of colour for hikers and driving enthusiasts to enjoy.

  • Key location: GSM NP
  • Great Smoky Mountains NP

Nashville Skyline

Day 4

Cruise over to Music City - Nashville, Tennessee

Country music takes the focus now as you’ll leave the Appalachian Mountains and head west to 'Music City', Nashville, Tennessee. En route you may want to stop at Dollywood Theme Park, named of course by its proprietor and local legend, Dolly Parton.

  • Key location: Nashville
  • Nashville
  • 222 Miles

Music City

Day 5

Put your cowboy boots to explore the home of Country Music

The home of Country Music and proud of it. Nashville boasts about its music heritage at every opportunity, including the newly built Country Music Hall of Fame. However, it's not all about Country - there is a rich blues history here also and singer-songwriters from every genre enjoy playing the bars in this town. Tonight. for the full tourist experience, head down to Broadway and stop by a honky tonk or two for a one-of-a-kind night.

  • Key location: Nashville
  • Nashville

Hernando Desoto Bridge

Day 6

Cruise over to Nashville’s musical neighbour - Memphis

Your Road Trip Pack will show you the most scenic route between these two great Tennessee towns, alternatively, Elvis fans may prefer to head along Interstate 40 in order to get to Graceland and Sun Studios in the shortest possible time before arriving in Memphis for your two night stop.

  • Key location: Memphis
  • Memphis
  • 212 Miles

Memphis Trolley

Day 7

Blues, Elvis and BBQ are on offer in music mad Memphis

Second, only to The White House, Elvis Presley’s Graceland is arguably the most iconic home in America. Memphis has plenty more to offer, including the legendary Sun Records studios and the moving National Civil Rights Museum. In our opinion, Memphis is the Barbecue capital of America so make sure you try a rib joint tonight.

  • Key location: Memphis
  • Memphis

Plantation Palace

Day 8

Tour the historic plantations of the Deep South

Your Road Trip Pack includes multiple route options for driving between musical Memphis and historic Natchez. Natchez itself lies upon a bluff above the Mississippi River with former Plantation Homes dotting your route. Depending on your arrival time in Natchez, try to include Emerald Mound and Grand Village to learn more about the area's rich Native American heritage.

  • Key location: Great River Road
  • Natchez
  • 297 Miles

St. Louis Cathedral

Day 9

New Orleans and all that Jazz

Follow the Great River Road down to New Orleans, or 'The Big Easy'. Built on the mouth of the Mississippi River, the city has seen a lot of changes in the last 10 years and regeneration work is bringing out the best of its character. Oak Alley Plantation is nearby and is a must-do.

  • Key location: New Orleans
  • New Orleans
  • 172 Miles

The French Quarter

Day 10

Explore the French Quarter and more

Built on the mouth of the Mississippi, New Orleans is the home of the blues, voodoo and the colourful craziness of Mardi Gras. The French Quarter offers great charm and is a great place to lose the car and take a walking tour.

  • Key location: New Orleans
  • New Orleans

America's best beaches

Day 11

Relax on some of the world’s very best beaches

You’ve seen and done such a lot in last 10 days, from partying in New Orleans to hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. So for the next two days, it’s time to just relax, hit the beach and top up that tan. Choose a different award-winning beach every day, or chill by the hotel pool.

  • Key location: Florida Panhandle
  • Pensacola Beach
  • 210 Miles

Sunset over the Gulf

Day 12

Hit the beach and enjoy the warm turquoise waters

The Alabama border is just a few miles down the road, which helps explain the vibe of Pensacola, a city that jumbles laid-back Southern syrup with Florida brashness.Nearby is St. George Island State Park, has been voted one of America’s top 10 beaches. The Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola Beach is another coastal area offering turquoise waters, pristine white sands and adorable turtles.

  • Key location: Florida Panhandle
  • Pensacola Beach

Atlanta by night

Day 13

Last stop - Atlanta!

We recommend you spend another morning walking on the beaches or laying by the pool before heading back to Atlanta. Halfway along the drive lies Montgomery, here you can take a rest of driving and experience old southern charm and Civil Rights History.

  • Key location: Montgomery
  • Atlanta
  • 330 Miles

Piedmont Park

Day 14

Visit Atlanta’s must see and do places

Atlanta is a growing city that exploded in size over the last two decades. Major visitor attractions include the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Museum, Piedmont Park and the gigantic Georgia Aquarium. Beyond the big-ticket downtown attractions, you'll find a constellation of superlative restaurants and iconic African American history. Tomorrow you'll fly back home to the UK.

  • Key location: Atlanta
  • Atlanta

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