The South & Music Tours
Like most of North America, faced with so much choice, you might find it difficult to decide exactly where in the South to start your journey. Therefore, we have tried to make it a little easier by giving you a brief introduction to each of the states we feature, which we hope will give you a taste of what you can expect to see and do in each area. Choose from our pre suggested fly drive itineraries or let us tailor one to suit your own individual needs. Either way, you will love the people, the places, the food and of course, the music!
Alabama – The Yellowhammer State
Visit remarkable Alabama and see where events such as The Rosa Park's Montgomery Bus Boycott took place and the Selma to Montgomery March started, which shaped Civil Rights history. Montgomery was also the starting point of America's Civil War. History aside, friendly Alabama is also home to some beautiful mountain scenery, world class golf, and lovely gulf beaches with warm water. Music fans won't be disappointed as the state, home to Hank Williams is steeped in musical heritage with blues and southern jazz to be enjoyed in bars and clubs across the state.
Featured in our Alabama Music and Heritage, Alabama and Georgia Highlights, Magnolias, Mountains and Mardi Gras, Grand Southern Adventure and the Alabama Food Trail itineraries.
Louisiana – The Pelican State
Louisiana has one of the most colourful histories of any state, resulting in a rare and exotic mix of nations and cultures, offering you an unforgettable holiday experience. Here you will experience a rich history, world class music, fabulous historical architecture, and wonderful food born of French, African, Spanish and Arcadian origin. Visit the wonderful city of New Orleans and experience the city's thriving culture and energy for yourself.
Featured in our Alabama Music and Heritage, The Roots of Blues, The Blues Highway, Sounds of the South, American Rhythms, Magnolias, Mountains and Mardi Gras and Grand Southern Adventure itineraries.
Mississippi – The Magnolia State
If you are looking for great music, great adventure and a great escape then Mississippi is for you! Music enthusiasts can travel the Blues Highway, US Highway 61 from Memphis to Vicksburg and uncover a fascinating tour of the Mississippi Delta that spawned hundreds of music legends such as BB King and Muddy Waters. Don't miss the new BB King Museum in Indianola. History buffs can march the steps of the confederacy in Vicksburg, 40 miles west of the state capital Jackson, famous for its National Military Park commemorating the 47 day siege and battle by General Ulysses Grant that change the course of the Civil War. Finally, no visit to the state would be complete without visiting Tupelo, where Elvis Presley was born and raised.
Featured in our Roots of Blues, Blues Highway, Sounds of the South, Land of the Kings and Magnolias, Mountains and Mardi Gras itineraries.
Tennessee – The Volunteer State
From the Mississippi River to the great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee combines being the capital of American music and being a place to discover the best of America's riveting history and mouthwatering food! With it's music embedded in the culture of the world, Tennessee has given the world legendardy artists such as Elvis, Dolly Parton, BB King and Johnny Cash.
Home to numerous international attractions, Tennessee has no shortage of things to see and do - Graceland, Dollywood, The Jack Daniels Distillery, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and The Grand Ole Opry are just a few familiar names that you will want to include on your itinerary.
Featured in our Alabama Music & Heritage, Roots of Blues, Blues Highway, Sounds of the North, Sounds of the South, American Rhythms, Bourbon, Bluegrass and Blues, Land of the Kings, Music & Mountains of the South and Grand Southern Adventure itineraries.
Kentucky – The Bluegrass State
Beautiful grass with a bluish hue gave Kentucky it's appellation as the Bluegrass state, and this name has become synonomous with the music of the region. However, Kentucky is probably best known for producing most of America's Bourbon and its equine interests. Home of America's most famous horse race, The Kentucky Derby held in Louisville each May. Whisky, Horse farms and music aside, other highlights of any visit to Kentucky are The Shaker village at Pleasant Hill - a marvellous restoration project depicting life of the religious Quaker sect that flourished here in the 19th century and Mammouth Cave National Park. Mammouth is the worlds largest cave system, where you can take a fascinating tour through the chambers and passageways.
Feautured in our Bourbon, Bluegrass and Blues itinerary
Arkansas – The Natural State
With six beautiful National parks and no less than 52 state parks to it's name, Arkansas is deservedly known as the natural state. Here you can enjoy some of the south's superb hospitality and an impressive array of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing and boating to name a few. History is also everywhere – learn about early European visitors at Arkansas Post National Memorial and explore the Civil War battlefields like Pea Ridge.
Meantime, delightful Eureka Springs and popular resort town Hot Springs are well worth a stop. Finally don't miss The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Centre and park in the heart of Little Rock.
Featured in Magnolias, Mountains & Mardi Gras itinerary
Georgia - The Peach State
If you can see only one city in the American Southeast, make it Savannah, Georgia. Explore the beautiful historic district by foot, with its many cobblestone streets and shady squares. The Golden Isles of Jekyll and St Simons Islands on Georgia's Atlantic coast is combined with history and cultural attractions. Stone Mountain State Park is 3,200 acres of natural beauty and outdoor adventure, all within 15 minutes of Downtown Atlanta.
Featured in our Alabama Music & Heritage, Alabama & Georgia Highlights, Music & Mountains of the South, Magnolias, Mountains & Mardi Gras and Grand Southern Adventure itineraries.
South Carolina - The Palmetto State
South Carolina perfectly compliments its neighbour. It has some of America’s most beautiful beaches and resort islands, and there’s a top quality golf course around every corner. The charming antebellum architecture exudes southern grace and style, and the local accent tells you you’re well and truly in the south. Charleston is a real highlight. It boasts over 200 buildings from the 18th century and over 600 others built decades before the Civil War. Visitors can wander cobblestone streets lined with antique shops and browse the Old City Market or take a horse-drawn carriage tour to learn about Charleston’s infamous historical characters. House museums, plantations and gardens recall the city’s antebellum period and the role of African-Americans in shaping the state’s history. Meanwhile, Beaufort is home to yet more historical riches, with it’s historic waterfront houses, built by planters who grew wealthy from cash crops such as rice, indigo and cotton.
Featured in our Heritage Highways and Grand Southern Adventure itineraries
North Carolina - The Tar Heel State
North Carolina is full of natural splendour. Here you can enjoy the picturesque beaches and the rugged Outer Banks coastline, and take a slow meandering drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, through beautiful leafy glades and forests, past waterfalls and spectacular mountains. For a change of pace & scene, head for the bright lights of Charlotte, the region’s main city and home to top class entertainment, shopping and dining, Historical interest is never far away in this region – the historic Rosedale Plantation with its extensive gardens and manor house is a must.
Asheville is a smaller city nestling between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a stroll around its interesting art deco Downtown buildings or try the Urban Trail – a self-guided historic walking tour. Visit Biltmore House, built by Vanderbilt in the 1800’s, it remains America’s largest private home. A large slice of the charming riverside town of Wilmington is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and comes complete with Victorian and antebellum-style homes, buildings and churches that have been lovingly restored to their original grandeur.
Featured in our Heritage Highways, North Carolina Discovery, Music & Mountains of the South and Grand Southern Adventure itineraries.
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