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Blue Ridge Cruiser

Washington DC, Shenandoah NP, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Nashville

Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive – both amongst America’s most legendary drives. On our 14-night road trip, you’ll cruise these scenic routes all the way to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Combined with the southern flavour of Nashville and Atlanta, you have a fantastic road trip adventure.


Blue Ridge Cruiser 14 nights

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 classic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway


Capitol Hill

Day 1

Arrive in the worlds most powerful city

After landing at Washington Dulles International, you’ll make your own way to your hotel. You can reach the city easily by taxi or alternatively take the Metro direct from the airport. You have three nights to allow you to really enjoy the city.

  • Key location: Washington, DC
  • Washington, DC

The White House

Day 2

Discover DC’s famous sights and museums

Your itinerary pack is the perfect companion to begin exploring the city. You may want to begin by taking a self-guided tour of some of Washington’s iconic buildings. The White House, Capitol Hill and the Lincoln Memorial are just some of the key buildings that can be explored. Across the Potomac River is Arlington, a must visit for history buffs with the moving National Cemetery a great place to simply wander.

  • Key location: Washington, DC
  • Washington, DC

Washington Monument

Day 3

A third day to explore wonderful Washington

You may want to dip into the famous Smithsonian Museums today - there are 17 to choose from! The most famous, the Air & Space Museum and the Museum of Natural History are on the National Mall, in the heart of the city. Best of all, they’re free to visit. Our favourite though is the Newseum, which has amazing artefacts chronicling how we 'news' has changed over the last 100 years. You can try your hand behind a TV studio desk too.

  • Key location: Washington, DC
  • Washington, DC

Skyline Drive

Day 4

Collect the car and hit the road

After collecting your car, you can either head straight for the majestic mountains of Shenandoah, alternatively, you can opt to discover more amazing US history sites en route. Mt. Vernon, Harpers Ferry and Antietam National Battlefield are all doable on your way to the national wonders of the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Your personalised Road Trip Pack will tell you all about these options and many more.

  • Key location: Skyline Drive, VA
  • Skyland Resort, VA
  • 113 Miles

Blue Ridge Parkway

Day 5

Drive the epic Skyline Drive through Shenandoah NP

You’ll spend your day driving along two of America’s very best roads today. The first half of the day will be spent on Skyline Drive as you cruise through Shenandoah National Park, and the second half of the drive will be spent weaving your way south on the epic Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Key location: Blue Ridge Pkway
  • Peaks of Otter, VA
  • 151 Miles

Mabry Mill

Day 6

Cruise down the famous Blue Ridge Parkway

Cruise along farm-dotted valleys unfurling between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail roll across the mountains here, which are home to scenic rivers, streams and lakes. Old-time mountain music can be heard regularly, and wineries and craft breweries offer tastings in small towns and on mountain slopes.

  • Key location: Blue Ridge Pkway
  • Blowing Rock, NC
  • 207 Miles

Linn Cove Viaduct

Day 7

Continue along BRP to happening Asheville

Get an early start, and the hit the road with a full belly and a full tank of fuel. Later today you'll arrive in Asheville where you have a night to enjoy this charming mountain town. The main street is littered with chocolate shops, microbreweries and stylish eateries.

  • Key location: Blue Ridge Pkway
  • Asheville, NC
  • 112 Miles

Biltmore Estate

Day 8

A full day to discover the joys of Asheville, North Carolina

Enjoy more of the Asheville scene. The North Carolina Arboretum and the astounding Biltmore Estate are well worth visiting. Venture further for the beautiful view from Chimney Rock which is approximately 25 miles away.

  • Key location: Asheville, NC
  • Asheville, NC

Cabin in Great smokies!

Day 9

Great Smoky Mountains - America's most popular National Park

Complete the Blue Ridge Parkway on your drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park today. You’ll find ridge upon ridge of forest which straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in this popular National Park. The Smokies is 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
  • 117 Miles

Waterfall in GSM

Day 10

A second day to explore the roads and trails of The Smokies

This is America's most visited National Park, so a second day to explore is essential in our opinion. Look out for the wonderful wildlife roaming the area including black bears, bobcats and elk. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an awesome place to visit at any time of year, but in the autumn the trees put on a dazzling show of colour for hikers and drivers to absorb.

  • Key location: GSM NP
  • Great Smoky Mountains NP

Music City

Day 11

Hit the road for “Music City” Nashville

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, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • 222 Miles

Party time in Nashville

Day 12

Put on your cowboy boots, and get into the groove of Nashville

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, TN
  • Nashville, TN

Atlanta Skyline

Day 13

Last stop - Atlanta, Georgia

Continue south to Atlanta today. En-route, you’ll be able to explore the popular Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg and the attractions of Chattanooga. As always, your personalised Road Trip Pack will give you all the information you’ll need.

  • Key location: Atlanta, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 248 Miles

Stone Mountain Park

Day 14

Atlanta has so much to see and do

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, GA
  • Atlanta, GA

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