Journey through America’s Deep South and be welcomed by that warm Southern hospitality, the tasty soul food and cities steeped in musical history.
The USA’s Deep South is a truly unique place. From the urban city scenes of Atlanta to the European charm of New Orleans’ French Quarter, the whole area is a melting pot of different sights, sounds and flavours. Feast on hearty BBQ fare and spend the evening in bluesy bars in the birthplace of rock ‘n roll, Memphis, and head to Nashville to walk in the footsteps of Elvis Presley at Graceland. A trip to Atlanta will let you experience the Deep South’s more modern side. With fine-dining and world-class shopping, Georgia’s capital offers a big city experience whilst New Orleans takes you back in time with its historic homes and authentic cruises along the mighty Mississippi River.
With a robust heritage, Atlanta is renowned for its history-making events and is teeming with landmarks, museums and cultural attractions. Lose yourself in the intrigue of Atlanta’s historic sites which thrive amongst the urban setting. Explore the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., learn all about Atlanta’s part in the Civil War and enjoy guided tours of antebellum homes, historic colleges and fascinating museums.
You’ll find many of the city’s most popular attractions located in Downtown Atlanta’s walkable attractions loop. Create your own fizzy drinks at World of Coca-Cola, peer beneath the oceans at the Georgia Aquarium or see the city from a whole new angle on SkyView Atlanta. And there’s even plenty for nature lovers to enjoy with Zoo Atlanta and the Stone Mountain Park situated just beyond downtown.
For an urban city, Atlanta is home to a surprisingly large amount of public parks, gardens and beautiful green spaces. Enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities amongst the lovely scenery. Hike or cycle along the PATH Trails of Piedmont Park, paddle down the Chattahoochee River or explore miles of the Atlanta Beltline where you can stop off in one of many fantastic restaurants and cafés along the way.
The options for a little retail therapy in Atlanta are endless. From historic market squares to huge outlet centres, you can find everything here. Venture in Buckhead for luxury shopping with upscale stores in the Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza, uncover vintage finds in Little Five Points or explore the popular boutiques of Midtown and Virginia Highland. For those on the hunt for bargain homeware, don’t miss Atlanta Westside’s design district.
You can’t visit ‘Music City’ without experiencing a piece of the art which gave Nashville it’s nickname. Home to legends like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, this city is steeped in history with plenty of music-themed attractions to discover. Tour the iconic RCA Studio B where Dolly Parton and Elvis recorded many of their greatest hits, explore 18,000 square feet of memorabilia dedicated to the ‘Man in Black’ Johnny Cash and see tributes to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Roy Orbison at the Music City Walk of Fame Park.
The talent and creativity present in Nashville’s food scene has certainly put this city on the culinary map. From the hearty home cooking that has served Nashville locals for decades to the innovative flavours coming from today’s chefs, you can indulge on classic Southern fare to haute cuisine (and absolutely everything in between). Head to Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack for their signature spicy dish and enjoy tours and tastings in the various breweries where local spirits and beers are handcrafted.
The entire city of Nashville is made up of a patchwork of different districts each unique and equally as charming. Nashville’s oldest neighbourhood, Germantown, is defined by its beautiful Victorian homes, whilst trendy SoBro is where visitors go for the hottest new restaurants, cocktail bars and stylish hotels. Head to the 12South area for boutique shops, art galleries and independent music stores and visit Downtown for legendary live music, tasty eats and, of course, Lower Broadway.
Located in Lower Broadway is the legendary road known as the ‘Honky Tonk Highway’. If it’s non-stop entertainment you’re looking for then this is the place for you. Blasting out music 365 days a year from 10am to 3am, this neon-lit street is lined with live music venues and popular bars which are sure to get your feet tapping. From the rockabilly vibes of Layla’s Bluegrass Inn to the Latin beats of Robert’s Western World, lose yourself in the sounds of ‘Music City’.
Walk in the footsteps of the King of rock ‘n roll at Graceland. The former home of Elvis Presley, a tour of Graceland will take you from Elvis’ humble beginnings right up to the peak of his stardom. See how the legend of rock ‘n roll spent his day to day life, feast your eyes on his impressive automobile collection and find yourself in the crowd at one of his iconic shows through movies and exhibits.
Memphis is made up of a whole host of districts and each one offers a unique shopping experience for visitors. Downtown/South Main is home to famous Beale Street where you’ll find all kinds of strange and eccentric souvenirs and the Laurelwood Shopping Centre offers the broadest selection of retail stores in the city. For those into art, the Broad Avenue Arts District is the place to go for off-beat and crafts and handmade items.
Soul food is the name of the culinary game in Memphis and what else screams ‘soul food’ better than hearty BBQ fare? Home to more than 100 specialist eateries, Memphis celebrates everything BBQ and you can truly pig-out in this city. Try the famous charcoal-broiled ribs at Charlie Vergo’s Rendezvous, sample Corky’s signature slow-smoked dishes or head to Cozy Corner for the lip-tingling hot sauce.
Head outdoors and discover all kinds of activities you wouldn’t expect to find in a Southern city. Take advantage of the beautiful Shelby Farms Greenline and travel around the city via bike exploring neighbourhoods like the Broad Avenue Arts District. Enjoy a riverboat ride along a replica of the Mississippi in the Mud Island River Park and head to the AutoZone Park to see the Redbirds baseball team in action.
On a crescent of the Mississippi River sits the cultural hub of New Orleans, the French Quarter. With traditional cobble stone streets and beautiful architecture influenced by European, Creole and America design, this enchanting area offers everything from antique shopping and art galleries to fine dining and casual eats. Be sure to take a carriage ride through Jackson Square where you’ll see street performers, local artists at work and the iconic St Louis Cathedral.
This vibrant and creative city thrives on the cultural arts. Whether you’re into theatre, dance, opera or films, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your cultural appetite here. Head to Julia Street, also known as ‘Gallery Row’, for contemporary art exhibitions and explore more than half a dozen open-air art markets throughout the city. Be sure to visit the New Orleans Ballet Theatre for their annual summer concert and don’t miss a performance from the New Orleans Opera Association.
With more than 45 museums to explore, you can uncover a whole world of history, art and culture in New Orleans. You’ll find the USA’s official World War II Museum right here in New Orleans as well as the Louisiana Children’s Museum which includes plenty of interactive exhibits to help younger ones explore music, maths and science. Peer into New Orleans’ rich past with a visit to one of many former plantations and historic homes which lie in the city’s more rural areas.
No trip to New Orleans is complete without sampling some of the local fare. Taking inspiration from all over the world, the city’s main flavours are a delicious fusion of Cajun and Creole with signature dishes feeling more Caribbean than they do American. Tuck into the tasty New Orleans staple Jambalaya and don’t leave the city without feasting on some hearty seafood, chicken or sausage Gumbo.
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We are one of the only UK tour operators to have a team based in Kissimmee, Orlando.
Our friendly team are available to all of our guests travelling to the USA, offering support, help, advice and a friendly face to anyone who needs it. Our team in Kissimmee includes locals, who can give you tips on the best places to shop or dine and British Expats who know the importance of a good cup of tea!
If you are staying in one of our villas, head to our Welcome Centre first where one of the team will give you your keys, directions and all the information you need to make your stay perfect.