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Overview

This brilliant two-week itinerary takes in many of the Deep South's famous music venues and cities. Your multi-centre adventure starts in New Orleans, where you'll collect your hire car, before continuing on through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. Discover everything from the home of jazz in New Orleans to the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis. Whatever your tastes, this trip is sure to leave you with lasting musical memories.

At Travelbag, we'll take care of all elements of your trip. Your flights, car rental and accommodation are all included – so you can look forward to an easy-peasy getaway. 

Day 1

Arrive in New Orleans

Arrive in New Orleans, collect your hire car and drive to your hotel, or transfer independently for your stay in The Big Easy.

Overnight – Nopsi Hotel or similar

 

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Days 2-3

New Orleans

With so much to see and do in New Orleans, it's best to allow yourself two days to take it all in. You can explore the bohemian French Quarter, grab a drink by the Mississippi River, visit the Jazz Museum, and enjoy plenty of live music. Fancy a dinner and a show? Book a Dixieland Cruise for great food and even better music. 

Overnight – Aloft Hotel New Orleans or similar

 

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Day 4

New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Kisatchie National Forest - Shreveport

Today, you'll be able to take in some of the South's sweeping landscapes as you drive north through Louisiana. Why not stop off in Baton Rouge for lunch, if you fancy a break? Then, drive through the lush Kisatchie National Forest and on to Shreveport, where you can experience the famous country music show, Louisiana Hayride.

Overnight – Homewood Suites Shreveport

Drive – 330 miles

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Day 5

Shreveport - Cleveland

Admire the views as you drive across the state line and over the Mississippi River into Cleveland, Mississippi.

This hip little town in the Mississippi Delta is home to a charming downtown Main Street area complete with locally owned boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and museums.

Make sure you visit the GRAMMY Museum, while you're here. 

Overnight – Holiday Inn Express and Suites Cleveland or similar

Drive – 240 miles

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Day 6

Cleveland - Tuscaloosa - Birmingham

Enjoy the drive through Mississippi and into Alabama. Stop off in Tuscaloosa for lunch before continuing your journey towards Birmingham. In this city, you'll be able to find live music on almost any night of the week. 

Overnight – Hampton Inn and Suites Birmingham Downtown Tutwiler or similar

Drive – 260 miles

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Day 7

Birmingham - Muscle Shoals

Make the journey north to Alabama's legendary city of Muscle Shoals, where you can visit the Fame Recording Studios – one of the best-known studios in the world, where songs were recorded by stars like Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Otis Redding. You’ll also find the Alabama Music Hall of Fame close by. 

Overnight – Hampton Inn and Suites Florence Downtown

Drive – 115 miles

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Day 8

Muscle Shoals - Tupelo

Enjoy a scenic drive back to Mississippi and the city of Tupelo – the birthplace of the one and only Elvis Presley. You can see the home he grew up in, visit the Elvis Museum, and pose for a picture at the Elvis Presley Homecoming Statue. If you have time, why not take a trip to Natchez Trace Headquarters in the afternoon?

Overnight – Hilton Garden Inn Tupelo or similar

Drive – 90 miles

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Days 9 - 10

Tupelo - Holly Springs National Forest - Memphis

Pack up the car and enjoy the drive from Tupelo to Memphis, which takes you through the Holly Springs National Forest. You'll spend two nights in Memphis, as this place has so much to offer. You can visit Elvis Presley's home, Graceland, and learn about the USA's history at the National Civil Rights Museum. Make sure you also stroll down world-famous Beale Street, and pop in to Sun Studios where Elvis, Johnny Cash and B.B. King recorded some of their biggest hits. 

Two Nights – The Guest House at Graceland or similar

(The Guest House at Graceland is located just outside the city of Memphis, if you would prefer a city location we can organise this for you)

Drive – 120 miles (day 9 only)

 

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Days 11 - 12

Memphis - Nashville

From one toe-tapping city to another – today, you'll drive to the capital of country music, Nashville. Among the attractions in Music City are the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, and the iconic Printer's Alley. You'll have no trouble finding live music here, either.

Two Nights – Hotel Indigo Nashville Downtown or similar

Drive – 210 miles (day 11 only)

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Day 13

Nashville - Owensboro

It's time to head north to your final state: Kentucky. As well as being famous for its bourbon, this Southern state is the home of the International Bluegrass Museum and the Country Music Highway.

Owensboro is Kentucky's fourth-largest city and is set in a sweeping bend of the mighty Ohio River.
The centerpieces of the waterfront redevelopment are the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, and Smothers Park which offers multiple performance venues, a riverside promenade, plus multiple fountains and a cascading waterfall.


Owensboro is famous for its ties to bluegrass music and Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music, who grew up in nearby Rosine. Owensboro is also known for its barbecue - a magnet for lovers of smoky pork, chicken, and mutton, a distinctive regional favorite. Try it at the Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn and Old Hickory Bar-B-Q (Southern Living put both on its list of the top 50 barbecue joints in the southern US) or numerous smaller barbecue joints.

 

Overnight – Hampton Inn Owensboro South or similar

Drive – 134 miles
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Day 14

Owensboro - Paintsville - Ashland

Drive through Kentucky to the eastern side of the state, where you'll find the US23 also known as the Country Music Highway. Why not visit the fascinating Music Highway Museum in the town of Paintsville, before hopping along the many great stops on the highway?

Overnight – Days Inn Ashland or similar

Drive – 300 miles
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Day 15

Depart Cincinnati

Make your way further along the Country Music Highway as your travel towards Cincinnati. From here, you can catch your flight back to the UK.

Drive – 140 miles

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  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals, excursions and entrance fees
  • Driving Directions/GPS
  • *One-way car rental fee

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