15 Days/14 Nights – Gateway: Atlanta

1: Atlanta, GA

Welcome to Atlanta site of the 1996 Olympic Games. Visit the Carter Presidential Center, the World of Coca Cola Pavilion or tour the CNN Center, home of the world’s largest television network, Explore Underground Atlanta for great jazz.

1 night Atlanta

2: To Chattanooga, TN (114 mi/182 km)

Travel north to Chattanooga. The city saw action in two Civil War battles. Don’t miss the Tennessee Aquarium, Ruby Falls and the Chattanooga Choo Choo!

1 night Chattanooga

3 & 4: To Nashville, TN (133mi/213 km)

Drive to Nashville, home of Country Music and the Grand Ole Opry. Visit the museums of music giants; stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dance to hot country sounds or sail aboard the General Jackson Showboat.

2 nights Nashville

5: To Memphis, TN (209 mi/334 km)

Welcome to the home of the blues, Beale Street, W.C. Handy and Elvis Presley. The “Mountain Top” sculpture honors Dr. Martin Luther King, who was assassinated here. Mud Island, a 52-acre park showcases the mighty Mississippi River.

1 night Memphis

6: To Vicksburg, MS (254 mi/406 km)

Today riverboat casinos dock on the Mississippi River, but Vicksburg’s location on the Delta was of strategic importance during the Civil War. At the National Military Park view a multimedia show recalling that era.

1 night Vicksburg

7: To Lafayette, LA (197 mi/315 km)

When expelled from Nova Scotia by the British in the 1700’s, French Acadian farmers settled in this area, known as Acadiana. Their descendents, the Cajuns, still speak a French dialect and observe the traditions of their ancestors. Lafayette is surrounded by attractions and historic villages, including Vermilionville and Avery Island.

1 night Lafayette

8 & 9: To New Orleans, LA (135 mi/216 km)

Head for the “Big Easy”, home to jazz and Bourbon Street, where the party never stops! Explore this marvelous city, which retains the flavor of the French and Spanish cultures which founded it. See Jackson Square, Royal Street and then take an afternoon or evening cruise on a steamboat, before trying some Cajun or Creole cuisine.

2 nights New Orleans

10: To Montgomery, AL (308 mi/493 km)

In Alabama’s historic capital visit the dramatic Civil Rights Memorial inscribed with Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech “I have a dream” and the names of many who gave their lives for freedom.

1 night Montgomery

11 & 12: To Savannah, GA (347 mi/555 km)

Travel to romantic Savannah. Explore the restored waterfront, where historic cotton warehouses and brokerages house specialty shops and restaurants. Many historic homes are open for touring.

2 nights Savannah

13 & 14: To Charleston, SC (107 mi/171 km)

Charleston has miles of restored historic structures. Stroll through the gorgeous flora and fauna at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens; take a cruise to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Visit one of the magnificent plantations nearby, walk or bicycle through over 500 acres of wildlife trails.

2 nights Charleston

15: To Atlanta, GA (305 mi/488 km)

Enjoy the route to Atlanta and your homeward flight.

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