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SOUTHERN DISCOVERY

15 Days/14 Nights – Gateway: Atlanta

1 & 2: Atlanta, GA

Welcome to Atlanta site of the 1996 Olympic Games and Georgia’s capital city. Atlanta offers a sophisticated mix of arts and culture, and world class shopping. Visit the Carter Presidential Center, the Martin Luther King 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.

2 nights Atlanta, GA

3 & 4: Nashville, TN (251 mi/402 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 at the famous Wildhorse Saloon or sail aboard the General Jackson Showboat.

2 nights Nashville, TN

5 & 6: 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. Don’t miss the tour at Sun Studio and take half a day to visit Gracelands, Elvis Pressley’s beloved mansion.

1 night Memphis< TN

7 & 8: Natchez, MS (212 mi/354 km)

Visit some of the antebellum homes which are more plentiful in Natchez than anywhere else in the USA. Rosalie, built the early 1820’s, once the headquarters of the Union Army highlights the furniture, paintings and clothes used by the very family that lived here for 100 years! Longwood, a National Historic Landmark, is a lavish octagonal home dating back to 1859.

2 nights Natchez, MS

9 & 10: Lafayette, LA (148 mi/237 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. In the evening enjoy typical Cajun cooking while listening to a live Cajun band.

2 nights Lafayette, LA

11 & 12: 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 Creole cuisine.

2 nights New Orleans, LA

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: To Pensacola, FL (201 mi/322 km )

After the fun of New Orleans it’s time to relax and the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Islands National Seashore beckon. The beaches here have remained untouched through the centuries and you can relax on whitest, most pristine you’ll ever find. Enjoy delicious seafood from award-winning restaurants.

1 night Pensacola, FL

14: To Montgomery, AL (165 mi/264 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. Explore life in the 19th Century South at Old Alabama Town, or visit the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. At night enjoy delicious southern cuisine.

1 night Montgomery, AL

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

Travel to Atlanta for your homeward flight.

Photo Credit: Georgia Department of Economic Development
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