An Introduction to the Deep South
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, Magnolia, Mountains & Mardi Gras and Grand Southern Adventure 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, Roots of Blues, Blues Highway, Sounds of the South, American Rhythms and Magnolia, Mountains and Mardi Gras 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, Magnolias, Mountains and Mardi Gras and Grand Southern Adventure 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 South, American Rhythms, Land of the Kings and Grand Southern Adventure Itineraries.
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 Magnolias, Mountains and Mardi Gras, Alabama Heritage and Music 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 Grand Southern Adventure Itinerary.
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 Grand Southern Adventure Itinerary.
Illinois - The Prairie State
The skyscrapers of Chicago are the public face of Illinois; big, bold and exciting, Chicago is also a place to play with great food or music, this is the blues capital of the world and there are many clubs for a great night out. It is also worth visiting Springfield, where Abraham Lincoln lived before becoming President of the United States. Take to the road on one of Illinois’ seven scenic byways out towards the Great Lakes.
Don’t miss: the metropolitan excitement of Chicago.
Featured in our Roots of Blues and Blues Highway itineraries.