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Honky Tonks & Rock 'n' Roll Discovery
Best time to go: March to June, September to November
14 Nights | from £2,895pp
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- Take a tour of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and visit the Carver Theatre while in Birmingham
- Visit the musical 'Quad Cities' of Alabama, including Muscle Shoals, home to the FAME recording studio
- Make a detour to Mississippi and visit, Tupelo to see the birthplace of the man himself, Elvis then on to Graceland and the Rock 'n' Soul Museum
- Spend a couple of days exploring Nashville's Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame and taking in live music at a honky tonk or two
- Spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoying the outdoor pursuits on offer and perhaps making a visit to Dollywood
Days 1-2 UK / Atlanta
Welcome to the vibrant gateway to the Deep South. Once you've collected your hire car, head to the Loews Atlanta. Why not visit the King Centre in the historic Audubon neighbourhood, explore Underground Atlanta for good food and great live entertainment.
Loews Atlanta | Room Only
Day 3 Birmingham
Head west, crossing State borders to Alabama. The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is located in downtown Birmingham and offers tours and the nearby Carver Theatre is where jazz legends such as Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton once played and local jazz artists and comedy can often be heard. Spend the night at The Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook.
The Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook / Meals: Room Only
Day 4 Muscle Shoals
Hit the four musical cities in northwest Alabama: Florence, Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals, where superstars such as the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and Aretha Franklin made this area the 'hit capital of the world' in the 1960s and 1970s. Stay overnight in at the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, Muscle Shoals.
Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa | Meals: Room Only
Days 5-7 Memphis
Drive the back roads of Tennessee to the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway and Tupelo where you can visit the humble two-room birthplace of Elvis and the Elvis Presley Museum before continuing to Oxford and the home of Nobel Prize-winner William Faulkner. Enjoy a spot of lunch at a local eatery in the eclectic town square before crossing north Mississippi to Memphis, home of the blues and birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Visit Graceland, Elvis' beloved mansion and don't miss Sun Studio, Stax and the Rock'n'Soul Museum. Dance the night away on historic Beale Street. Your home for the next three nights is the iconic Peabody Hotel.
Peabody Hotel | Meals: Room Only
Day 8-10 Nashville
Make a lunch stop at the Old Country Store at Casey Jones Village in Jackson en route to Nashville, an old-school ice cream parlour with a Southern-style buffet. In Nashville you'll be staying in a prime location at the Loews Vanderbilt for the next three nights. While in town stop by and see the Grand Ole Opry, the multi-storey Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B and be sure to hear live music at a classic honky tonk like Tootsie's. We love a cabaret dinner cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat on the Cumberland River.
Loews Vanderbilt | Meals: Room Only
Day 11-13 Smoky Mountains
Head for Knoxville but make time for the 'secret' city of Oak Ridge and the Museum of Appalachia in Norris. Enjoy lunch at Volunteer Landing on the Tennessee River and stroll the Cradle of Country Music tour around the old city of Knoxville. Here we recommend Blackberry Farm or The Lodge at Buckberry Creek, where you can walk, hike, cycle or ride a horse in the Smokies, America's most visited national park. Visit Dolly Parton's celebrated country music and entertainment theme park, Dollywood, and shop literally til you drop at the 200+ factory outlet shops in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek | Meals: Room Only
Day 14 Atlanta / UK
Drive along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to Chattanooga and visit the Tennessee Aquarium. Spend time on Lookout Mountain, ride the Incline Railway, explore Point Park and visit Ruby Falls and Rock City Gardens or make time for last-minute shopping at Warehouse Row in Chattanooga before driving south to Atlanta, for your flight home.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 15 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,895 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights and car rental.
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At 38 times the size of the UK, there is always a part of the country having great weather. The peak season is from June to September.
British Airways fly to all the major cities in the States.
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