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Classic Deep South

Visit Stone Mountain, Asheville, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Nashville, Memphis, Natchez, New Orleans, Florida Panhandle and Atlanta.

Take our best selling Deep South Road Trip

14 Nights from £1,599pp
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Starting and finishing in Atlanta, you’ll immerse yourself in the Deep South’s absorbing culture, music and food. You’ll explore six of America’s southern states – which are home to The Blues, BBQ, Bourbon, and that famous southern welcome.

Key road trip highlights:

  • Superb road trip for music lovers – visit Elvis Presley’s ‘Graceland’, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Sun Studios and more on this musical adventure.
  • Enjoy live music and a lively atmosphere on Nashville’s Broadway, Beale Street in Memphis and Bourbon Street down in New Orleans.
  • Opportunity to spot wildlife, including Black bears, bobcats and elk, in the USA’s most visited National Park – Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Drive through the Mississippi Delta to the plantation homes of historic Natchez on the banks of the Mississippi River. Learn about the area’s dark history and its effect on today’s music and culture.
  • Enjoy at least two days on the glorious white sands of the Florida Panhandle – simply some of the best beaches in the entire USA.
  • Tick off six Southern States – Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana.
  • What’s included? Direct flights with a premier carrier, accommodation, car rental and a detailed road trip pack.
Classic Deep South route with The American Road Trip Company

Our Favourite Hotels

We’ll suggest properties to match your preferred budget, be it low-cost, mid-range or high-end luxury that you’re looking for. We can also mix it up so you’ll experience a range of standards and experiences along your road trip.

MOXY Memphis Downtown, Memphis

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MOXY Memphis Downtown

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Memphis

Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach, Florida Panhandle

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Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach

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Florida Panhandle

Dolly Partons Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, Pigeon Forge Great Smoky Mountains

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Dollywood's DreamMore Resort

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Great Smoky Mountains NP

Hotel Clermont, Atlanta, Blue Ridge parkway

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Hotel Clermont

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Atlanta

Virgin Hotels New Orleans

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Virgin Hotels

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New Orleans

Thompson Hotel, Nashville

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Thompson Hotel

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Nashville

Elvis Presleys' Guest House at Graceland, Memphis

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Elvis Presleys' Guest House at Graceland

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Memphis

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1 Hotel Nashville

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Nashville

Road Trip Itinerary

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.

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Welcome to The Deep South

Fly directly to Atlanta from the UK. You’ll then collect your car at the airport and head northeast on 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 begin your road trip with a cruise up to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Location:

Atlanta, GA

Drive:

36 miles

Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Discover The Cosy Mountain City Of Asheville

Asheville in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Asheville offers historic landmarks like the Biltmore Estate and numerous cool eateries and bars. Venture out of town to see the beautiful views from Chimney Rock, approximately 25 miles south of the city. Tomorrow, you’ll drive along the most southern section of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to the spectacular Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Asheville, NC

Drive:

206 miles

Asheville, North Carolina
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Explore 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 their diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of their ancient mountains, and the quality of their remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture.

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Great Smoky Mountains NP

Drive:

81 miles

Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains, USA
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Another Day To Enjoy The Great Outdoors In The Smokies

Spend a second day exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Look out for the wonderful wildlife that lives in The Smokies. Black bears, bobcats, and elk all roam freely here. The Smoky Mountains are an excellent 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.

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Great Smoky Mountains NP

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Cruise over To Music City... Nashville, Tennessee

Country music takes the focus for the next two days as you leave the Appalachian Mountains and head west to Nashville, Tennessee. En route, you may decide to stop at Dollywood Theme Park, named after its proprietor and local legend, Dolly Parton.

Location:

Nashville, TN

Drive:

228 miles

Skyline of Nashville, Tennessee
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Put Your Cowboy Boots and explore The Home Of Country Music

Nashville is the home of country music, and ever so proud of it. Music City boasts about its musical heritage at every opportunity, including the impressive Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s not all about Country music though. Nashville has a rich blues history, whilst singer-songwriters from every musical genre enjoy playing the bars and recording hits in this vibrant town. Tonight, for the complete Nashville experience, we recommend you head down to lively Broadway and stop by a honky tonk or two for a one-of-a-kind night on the town.

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Nashville, TN

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Rock guitar, Nashville, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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Cruise Over to Nashville's Musical Neighbour - Memphis

Your meticulous Road Trip Pack will show you the most scenic route between these two great Tennessee cities. Alternatively, Elvis fans may prefer to head straight to Memphis on Interstate 40 to get to Graceland and Sun Studios in the shortest possible time.

Location:

Memphis, TN

Drive:

212 miles

Beale Street, Memphis
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Soul, Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis and BBQ are on offer in Memphis

Second only to The White House, Elvis Presley’s Graceland is the most iconic home in America. Amazing Memphis offers plenty more, including the legendary Sun 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.

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Memphis, TN

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Trolley, Memphis, USA
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Tour The Historic Plantation Homes Of The Deep South

Your Road Trip Pack will include multiple route options for the drive between musical Memphis and historic Natchez. Natchez lies on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, so if you decide to take the most scenic route to Natchez, you’ll follow the Great River Road, with former plantation homes dotting the path through the Mississippi Delta. Depending on your arrival time in Natchez, try to include a visit to Emerald Mound and Grand Village to learn more about the area’s rich Native American heritage.

Location:

Natchez, MS

Drive:

297 miles

Plantation House in Natchez, Deep South USA
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Time for New Orleans And All That Jazz

Continue south along the Great River Road to New Orleans, or ‘The Big Easy’ as it’s also known. Built on the mouth of the Mississippi River, this laid-back city has seen a lot of changes in recent years, and the regeneration work is bringing out the best of its character. In between Natchez and New Orleans lies Oak Alley Plantation, and if you only visit one plantation home during your Deep South road trip, then this is the one to go for.

Location:

New Orleans, LA

Drive:

172 miles

New Orleans French Quarter. Man Playing Jazz. Trumpet, Deep South Road Trip
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Explore New Orlean's French Quarter And More

Built on the mouth of the Mississippi, New Orleans is the home of the blues, jazz, voodoo and the colourful craziness of Mardi Gras. The French Quarter offers great charm and is an ideal place to lose the car and take a walking tour. Further highlights include Audubon Park, Jackson Square (pictured), Bourbon Street and enjoying freshly made beignets at Cafe Du Monde.

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New Orleans, LA

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New Orleans, Deep South USA, St Louis Cathedral
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Relax on some of the USA's very best beaches

You’ve seen and done so much in the last week and a half, from partying in Nashville to hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. So, for the next two days, it’s time to sit back and relax on some of the best beaches you’ll ever enjoy visiting. Choose a different award-winning stretch of sand every day, or chill by the hotel pool and top up your tan.

Location:

Pensacola Beach, FL

Drive:

210 miles

Florida Panhandle, USA, Surfer on Beach, New Orleans to Miami
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Hit the beach and enjoy the warm turquoise waters

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

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Pensacola Beach, FL

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Florida Panhandle, Florida, USA
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Visit Atlanta’s must see and do attractions

Today, you’ll head back to Atlanta. Halfway along the drive lies Montgomery, where you can take a rest from driving and experience some southern charm and Civil Rights History. Atlanta is a fast-growing city that has exploded in size over the last few decades. Major visitor attractions include the World of Coca-Cola, Piedmont Park and the gigantic Georgia Aquarium. Beyond the big-ticket downtown attractions, you’ll find many excellent restaurants and important African-American history, like the final resting place of Martin Luther King Jr. Tomorrow, you’ll finish off any remaining sightseeing and shopping before flying back to the UK with a suitcase full of Deep South memories.

Location:

Atlanta, GA

Drive:

330 miles

Atlanta, Georgia, USA skyline

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Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll find answers to most of your questions right here. If you still need assistance, Feel free to get in touch, and we’ll be sure to get back to you promptly!

Can I Add Extra Nights To The Road Trips?

Not a problem. If you are lucky enough to have extra time to explore more places or add more rest days, then just let us know and we’ll adjust your trip to match your preferred timescale.

Must I Have Travel Insurance?

We strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance for your holiday to cover you against medical expenses, theft and other financial costs. Should you need to cancel before travelling, some insurance policies may pay out for any loss of funds that have been paid to us and which cannot be refunded under our cancellation policy.

Can I Do A One-Way Rental?

Many of our trips have a different end destination than the starting point, so this is not a problem. Please note a fee sometimes applies for one-way rentals between other regions or states, which will be paid to the supplier directly when collecting the vehicle. We’ll endeavour to inform you of this charge within your quote.

Am I Limited To Certain Hotels Or Chains?

No, far from it. We work with a range of properties from 3* to 5*, so we can adapt the trip to match most budgets. We have access to rooms in more than 800 hotels, motels, lodges and B&Bs across North America.

How Old Do I Need To Be?

The minimum age to rent a car is 21 in the United States or Canada, although, in addition, any drivers under 25 years of age will generally incur a surcharge.

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