This Dixie Discovery tour combines the lively music cities of New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville with the laid-back states of Mississippi and Alabama. A visit to cosmopolitan Atlanta compliments this tour giving you one amazing memorable adventure through the Deep South.
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Arrive Atlanta, capital of the Peach Tree State, famous for its links with Margaret Mitchell's classic Gone With The Wind. Begun in 1837 as a railroad surveyor's stake in a pine clearing, Atlanta rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become a commercial and financial giant of the Southeast.
Distance: 194 miles
The birthplace of Alabama in 1819, a major cotton trading centre in the mid 1800's and today the Space Capital of America, Huntsville has a range of museums, arts and cultural attractions, gardens and the US Space and Rocket Centre, which includes the US Space Camp. Visitors can take guided tours of the centre.
Distance: 120 miles
Drive to Nashville, home of Country Music in America and the Grand Old Opry. Visit the homes and museums of these music giants, or visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dance to today's hot country sounds at the Wildhorse Saloon or sail aboard the General Jackson Showboat on the Cumberland River.
Distance: 209 miles
In 1977 Congress declared the city Home of the Blues. Memphis was the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visit Mud Island, a 52-acre park celebrating the Mississippi River and home to Memphis Belle, famed B-17 World War II bomber.
Distance: 187 miles
Travel on the famed Streetcar Named Desire, walk through the historic garden district or sail on the Mississippi for an afternoon or evening cruise.
Distance: 142 miles
Travel now to Alabama's Gulf Coast and its 32-miles of pristine sandy Beaches.
Mobile, a seaport situated at the mouth of the Mobile River , is the largest town on the Gulf. It is one of the oldest cities in the US and celebrates its 300th birthday in 2002 having been colonised by the French in 1702. Mobile is also the original home of Mardi Gras, with the first event taking place in 1703. The colourful carnival takes place two weeks before Lent each year while jazz is the main ingredient of the city's three-day BayFest music festival held each autumn.
Distance: 48 miles
Point Clear, the Eastern Shore's westernmost point of land, is located between Mobile Bay waters on two sides. The area is named for the jutting land which shelters much of the rest of the Eastern Shore from high winds and waves. The Grand Hotel has stood as a lavish landmark of Point Clear for 150 years, surrounded by gracious antebellum homes. Boutiques and specialty shops, restaurants and seafood markets can be found in the communities of the Eastern Shore. The 1897 Victorian House in Point Clear has been the home of the Punta Clara Kitchen for over 35 years, offering an extensive array of candies and preserves.
Distance: 216 miles
Travel today to Alabama's historic capital, Montgomery, renowned in the Deep South for its charm and ambience. The city contains many landmarks and museums dedicated to the fight for freedom, none so poignant as the Civil Rights Memorial where a circular black granite table records the names of those who died in the struggle.
The region also has a strong history associated with the American Indians with Tuscaloosa taking its name from Choctaw Indian Chief Tushkauloosa, meaning Black Warrior. Among the attractions is Moundville Archaeological Park which includes a reconstructed Indian village.
Distance: 163 miles
On your last day enjoy the scenery en route to Atlanta before heading back home. However, your journey doesn't have to end here. Why not extend your adventure and explore Boston before leaving America, or perhaps head to New York city for some shopping?
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