11 day self drive itinerary

American Rhythms

Experience the musical rhythms of the Deep South

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From the jazz filled streets of New Orleans to the Country music sounds of Nashville and the Memphis blues, American Rhythms certainly lives up to its name. Discover some of the Deep South's most vibrant cities on this 11 day self drive journey through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Start your adventure with a couple of days exploring New Orleans, from the cobbled streets and hanging balconies of the historic French Quarter and the lively bars and restaurants along Bourbon Street to the beautiful mansions in the Garden District before hitting the road to uncover more of this unique region. Travel through Alabama stopping in Montgomery to learn about the Civil Rights movement as you make your way up to Tennessee and the music cities of Nashville and Memphis. These energetic cities are brimming with music history from the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville to famous Sun Studios in Memphis where Elvis recorded his first record. A change of pace is in order as you make your way through Mississippi to visit the beautiful antebellum homes in Natchez and onto the bayous of Louisiana as you wind your way back to where your journey began, ‘The Big Easy’.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Enjoy great food and music in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz
  • See the Vulcan, the world's largest iron statue which overlooks downtown Birmingham
  • Visit the church where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor from 1954-1960
  • Walk Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame
  • Discover some of the Deep South's antebellum homes

Sample Itinerary Summary

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11 days
Destination Breakdown
  • International flights
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Car hire
Not included
  • Car insurance (please contact our Destination Specialists to add this on)
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Park entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Ferry charges (if applicable)
  • Toll fees (if applicable
  • New Orleans

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Historic French Quarter
    • Lively Bourbon Street
    • Beignets at Cafe du Monde
    • The beautiful Garden District
    • Historic streetcars
  • Montgomery

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Stop for fresh seafood in Biloxi
    • Alabama State Capitol
    • Civil Rights Memorial
    • Old Alabama Town
    • Dexter Avenue, MLK Memorial Baptist Church
  • Nashville

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Country Music Hall of Fame
    • Historic RCA Studio B
    • Honky-tonks on Broadway
    • Johnny Cash Museum
    • Shopping in The Gulch
  • Memphis

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Elvis' former home Graceland
    • Memphis BBQ
    • Lively Beale Street
    • National Civil Rights Museum
    • Sun Studios
  • Mississippi

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Vicksburg National Military Park
    • Natchez Trace Parkway
    • Antebellum homes in Natchez
    • Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum in Viksburg
    • Old South Winery in Natchez
  • Lafayette

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Acadian Village
    • Alexandre Mouton House
    • Vermilionville
    • Blue Moon Saloon
    • Tour the Tabasco factory on Avery Island