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Enjoy a self-guided odyssey through the Deep South, and a taste of genuine Southern hospitality, as you explore the unique cultural landscape and often sobering history that crafted America’s musical legacy.
You’ll learn the leading figures behind the American Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta and Birmingham, their stories, and tragedies. You’ll travel back to a refined, romantic era with a memorable riverboat dinner cruise along Old Man Mississippi in New Orleans. And you’ll compare the lavish lifestyles of the inhabitants with the hardships of their slaves at well-preserved plantations.
Just a few of the many highlights on this tour include the elegant French Quarter and Garden District of New Orleans, and visits to Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo and his mansion, Graceland. You can stop at the crossroads where the legendary Blues guitarist Robert Johnson is said to have made his infamous deal with the devil, or the Sun Studio in Memphis, through whose doors many of the greatest names in music have walked.
Naturally, no effort to trace America’s musical heritage could ignore Nashville, the heart and soul of Country, where you might catch a show at a traditional honky-tonk, or even join in a spot of line dancing.
Alongside several included excursions, such as Graceland and the dinner cruise, your self-guided itinerary could also feature the Gibson guitar factory in Memphis, Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, or the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. You might wander historic districts around Natchez that were immortalized by Mark Twain, catch live jazz in a bustling Bourbon Street hangout, or wander filming locations from ‘The Walking Dead’ in Atlanta – no doubt about it, this Deep South road-trip will have your feet tapping.