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Dixie, Blue Ridge & Nashville Classic I

12 days / 11 nights

the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway
the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway
the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway
Battery Park
the Blue Ridge & Southern Appalachian Mountains
the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
the Martin Luther King, Jr National Historic Site
Dixie, Blue Ridge & Nashville Classic I map
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Day 1: Atlanta - Days Inn Downtown
Day 2: Atlanta - Days Inn Downtown
Day 3: Savannah - La Quinta Inn & Suites
Day 4: Savannah - La Quinta Inn & Suites
Day 5: Charleston - HI Riverview
Day 6: Charleston - HI Riverview
Day 7: Asheville - Ramada at River Ridge
Day 8: Cherokee - Best Western Great Smokies
Day 9: Nashville - Best Western Downtown Music Row
Day 10: Nashville - Best Western Downtown Music Row
Day 11: Atlanta - Days Inn Downtown
Day 12: Departure - No Overnight

Day 1: Atlanta - Hilton Atlanta
Day 2: Atlanta - Hilton Atlanta
Day 3: Savannah - Cambria Suites
Day 4: Savannah - Cambria Suites
Day 5: Charleston - HI Riverview
Day 6: Charleston - HI Riverview
Day 7: Asheville - Crowne Plaza Hotel
Day 8: Cherokee - Best Western Great Smokies
Day 9: Nashville - Doubletree Hotel
Day 10: Nashville - Doubletree Hotel
Day 11: Atlanta - Hilton Atlanta
Day 12: Departure - No Overnight
Arrive in Atlanta, known for its parks, museums, entertainment, and civil war history. Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, or start your adventure in this beautiful little town, proud of its heritage, illustrating America at its best
Begin the day at “Sweet Auburn”, the historic center of the African-American community around Auburn Avenue, and visit the Martin Luther King, Jr National Historic Site. It was here that Dr King, like his father and grandfather before him, was pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, making Atlanta a center of the civil rights movement in America. At the Margeret Mitchell House, you can learn the story of the woman who wrote the world’s second best-selling book (after the Bible), Gone with the Wind. Lunch at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, an Atlanta institution, before touring CNN studios, the World of Coca-Cola museum, or both. End the day in nearby Underground Atlanta, once Atlanta’s train hub, and enjoy the shops, restaurants and saloons, or head uptown for an evening in Buckhead, Atlanta’s most fashionable and liveliest neighborhood
ATLANTA » SAVANNAH (250 mi / 400 km)
Leave Atlanta and take on a road trip into the heart of Georgia, where you will enjoy authentic Southern Village and antiques shops along scenic byways. Cross the threshold of a landscape combining rolling hills on one side of the road and flat plains on the other side. Continue East towards the Atlantic Coast, until you reach Savannah. Arrive in Savannah, one of the South’s most beautiful cities, rich in history and famous for its elegant architecture. The Rice & Cotton industry made this city a prosperous commercial port during the 1800’s, and today the beauty of Savannah is reflected in its past that has been exceptionally well preserved
Start your day with a stroll through the cobblestone streets of Savannah to witness the city’s beautiful architecture with its green squares, fountains, and intriguing statues. Take a trolley ride that will take you from historic Downtown to Rivers street & Madison Square. Learn about the world famous General Sherman’s March to the Sea, visit the Old Cotton Exchange, and tour the splendid mansions that gave Savannah a strong identity, with tradition and culture. Indulge your curiosity in the historical discovery of the many facets of this unique region
SAVANNAH » CHARLESTON (130 mi / 208 km)
This morning, leave Savannah and head north towards the river and the rolling hills. Cross the border of South Carolina and enter a world, where spring colors propagate amidst breathtaking sceneries, illustrated with beautiful Gardens and Plantations. Arrive in Charleston, early colonial city, full of museum and historical attractions, which illustrate the English settlement during the late 1600s. Built on a peninsula, Charleston has developed into a charming little seaport town, which is home to many historical splendors
Today, experience the Southern lifestyle of a quaint, picturesque little town with a visit to the legendary mansions and plantations of Charleston. Be swept away by the extraordinary wildlife and the natural beauty of the immense lush green fields, linger in the middle of a spectacular panorama that will take root in your memory, and relive the historic past that incarnates the magic of this enchanted land. If time allows you, take on a romantic cruise or a horse & carriage tour, explore the historic district, the citadel, and the famous Battery Park, and enjoy the many activities Charleston has to offer.
CHARLESTON » ASHEVILLE (270 mi/ 432 km)
After an early breakfast, get ready for the most adventurous part of your trip. Cross the border of North Carolina, and meander through the Blue Ridge & Southern Appalachian Mountains. Discover the natural wonders of the region, while taking on one of the hiking trails along the way, throughout the surrounding protected forests. Arrive in Asheville, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and located an hour away from the Great Smoky Mountains. Take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities, such as rafting the Nantahala River, hiking the Linville George Wilderness, biking through the Swannanoa Valley, or fishing flies in the Hazel Creek.
ASHEVILLE » CHEROKEE (120 mi / 192 km)
Travel West through centuries of history towards the Cherokee Indian Reservation quarter, and enter the legendary Smoky Mountains area, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Follow the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, drive through mountain tunnels, and witness the vibrant colors of the western North Carolina countryside, dotted with deep river gorges. Approaching the city of Cherokee, don’t miss the Appalachian hiking trail that leads to the most spectacular panorama of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Arrive in Cherokee and explore the fascinating interpretive legends about the first Americans in the Cherokee Indian Museum
CHEROKEE » NASHVILLE (235 mi / 376 km)
Before leaving the Appalachian Mountains region, stop at one of the many parks along the way to admire the majestic splendor of the area and experience the quietude of Mountain Caves, where hiking trails will lead you to secret cascades and waterfalls. Continue your journey heading west towards the steep slopes of the Highland Rim that surround Nashville Arrive in Nashville, “Music City, USA” and the capital of Tennessee. Take a stroll along Riverfront Park for great views of the city, then take a walk with the cowboys past Broadway’s collection of honky-tonk saloons and record stores. You’re in the “District”, where restaurants and nightspots offer up live entertainment 7 days a week
This morning, take a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame for an introduction to the music and the city, then visit Opryland, home of the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville’s premier Country Music venue and the world’s longest-running radio show. Take a paddleboat cruise on the General Jackson or catch a show at the Grand Ole Opry (tickets usually available, but reservations recommended).
NASHVILLE » ATLANTA (250 mi / 400 km)
Begin your trip today with a drive through Tennessee horse country on your way to Lynchburg, the home of Jack Daniels Distillery, a National Historic Landmark and a Tennessee institution. From Lynchburg, you can go to Chattanooga and ride a choo-choo at the Tennessee Valley Rail Museum. Take the steepest railway in the world to the top of Lookout Mountain, where views on a clear day extend to 100 mi (160 km). Or, travel to Atlanta via Huntsville, Alabama, and visit the US Space and Rocket Center, home of the world’s largest collection of spacecraft. Kids and adults can enjoy the space-themed amusement park rides simulating lift-off, weightlessness or a trip to the moon. Continue on to Atlanta, the commercial capital of the “New South”, home to CNN and Coca-Cola, Gone with the Wind and Martin Luther King, Jr.