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Tennessee and the South - Music and Mountains
The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains provide the most incredible backdrop for this music-themed holiday through the states of Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.
Packed with history, scenery, quaint small towns, lively cities and of course, MUSIC. Imagine standing in the very places where the most influential rock, blues and country sounds began. From yesteryear to today, immerse yourself in the stories and of course, the sounds.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Atlanta
11 nights accommodation in sought after locations
12 days mid-size car hire
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day driving itinerary with local area information
Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
Birthplace of Elvis Presley/Tupelo, Mississippi
Memphis' Beale Street, National Civil Rights Museum/Lorraine Motel and Graceland
Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Legends Corner, Patsy Cline Home and Museum
Chattanooga Choo Choo and Dollywood
The Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains
Day 1 : Atlanta
This cosmopolitan city where Margaret Mitchell penned her novel 'Gone with the Wind', is the capital of the South. A charming blend of Old Southern traditions mixed with 21st century America. Museums depicting early southern history are just steps from shopping malls and award-winning restaurants.
Day 2 : Atlanta to Birmingham
Distance: 148 miles
En route to Birmingham, Alabama visit the little town of Irondale and the Irondale cafe, setting for Fannie Flagg's novel 'Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe'. Birmingham, the largest city in the state, and home to the Civil Rights Institute, Arlington House, and Five Points South, a historic area awash with restaurants and jazz clubs, a great place to spend the evening.
Day 3 : Birmingham to Tupelo
Distance: 139 miles
On January 8th 1935 Elvis Presley was born in a humble two room house in the hills of North East Mississippi. Today the local tourist office will provide you with driving tours of the area visiting his home, schools and the shop where he bought his first guitar. Three times winner of All American Town, it is also home to the Tupelo Buffalo Park and the historic Natchez Trace Parkway headquarters.
Days 4 - 5 : Tupelo to Memphis
Distance: 102 miles
'The Blues had a baby and named it Rock n Roll' said Muddy Waters and it's a truth visitors to vibrant Memphis discover every night on legendary Beale Street. You don't need to be an Elvis fan to enjoy nearby elegant Graceland and its remarkable exhibits plotting the legend's life. Visit Sun Studios and the powerful National Museum of Civil Rights. En route to Memphis you might want to visit the town of Oxford Mississippi, a place brimming with character.
Days 6 - 7 : Memphis to Nashville
Distance: 210 miles
Our next stop is known as Music City USA, home of the world famous Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Also in Nashville you can visit magnificent mansions such as The Hermitage, once home to Andrew Jackson and an idyllic place for a picnic. Walking and trolley tours are an interesting way to see the city and toe tapping at a genuine honky-tonk bar is a must. Patsy Cline fans will also want to head to her museum and, as of 2017, guests can now stay in Patsy's Nashville home. Ask for details!
Days 8 - 9 : Nashville to Gatlinburg
Distance: 219 miles
Gatlinburg is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which encompasses a half million-acre area of Appalachian peaks and Tennessee valleys. Here you can fish, cycle, golf, hike, river raft or take the sky lift to enjoy panoramic views. Visit neighbouring Pigeon Forge where Dolly Parton's Dollywood Theme Park entertains you with more than 40 musical performances daily, exciting thrill rides and a 25-acre waterpark.
Day 10 : Gatlinburg to Chattanooga
Distance: 151 miles
Everyone knows the Glen Miller song 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', but few are familiar with the beautiful riverside city that inspired it. Here the world's steepest passenger incline railway takes you on a mile-long climb up Lookout Mountain where on a clear day you can marvel at views across seven Southern States. Voted one of America's most walkable cities. Chattanooga has a 12-mile path along its rivers.
Day 11 : Chattanooga to Dahlonega
Distance: 128 miles
This small attractive town nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains boasts a beautifully preserved downtown historic district. This area of Appalachia offer activities from touring local wineries, hiking through secluded parks, fishing, leisurely boat trips and historic walks. In the evening head for the square for some world-renowned Georgia country cooking.
Day 12 : Back to Atlanta
Distance: 65 miles
Set off early for one last treat, Stone Mountain Park, just outside Atlanta. Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, you can enjoy a variety of family activities, take a skyride to the top of the mountain, a scenic train ride or paddlewheel river cruise.
Although this is your last day, you don't have to head home just yet. Why not extend your tour to explore the historic North and South Carolina? Or perhaps you may want to catch a flight down to Florida and relax on one of its beautiful beaches?
Call the USA experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal Music and Mountains tour of Tennessee and America's Deep South.