Nags Head

9 day self drive itinerary

To the Outer Bank and beyond

  • Canada & USA
  • USA
  • Capital Region
  • Virginia

Southern charm and hospitality

Experience the charming southern hospitality of Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas on this nine day self drive holiday.

This beautiful region has a wealth of beautiful old cities, each with their own special attractions, from the ‘Queen City’ of Charlotte with its lively Uptown district to the culture and creativity of North Carolina’s triangle cities and the historic mansions of Charleston and Savannah.

Your journey will take you through an ever changing landscape including the forests and lakes of the Carolinas, the broad beaches of Virginia, the sand banks and quaint villages of the Outer Banks and the Spanish moss lines avenues of Georgia.  

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Enjoy Virginia's Atlantic Coastline and broad beaches
  • Visit the famed lighthouses and quaint towns of the Outer Banks
  • See the site of the Wright brother's first flight in Kitty Hawk
  • Stroll through historic Charleston
  • Experience charming southern hospitality in Savannah
  • Explore Congaree National Park

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

9 days
Guide Price
£2,309 per person
Price based on
Based on 20 August 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with American Airlines, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
  • International flights
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Car hire
Not included
  • Car insurance (including any applicable one way drop off fees or insurance)
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Park entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Ferry charges (if applicable)

Itinerary Breakdown

Take a drive along the Blue Star Memorial highway as you make your way from Charlotte to the triangle cities of Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. Explore unique downtown sub-districts by foot, or take a ride of the ‘Bull City Connector’ free bus service connecting picturesque Duke University, eclectic Ninth Street District and Durham Central Park.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Durham Hilton or similar

Take a stroll along the sand dunes at Sandbridge Beach, explore the lively three mile boardwalk at Resort Beach or watch the sunset over the water a dockside restaurant in laidback Cheasapeake Bay Beach. For a great view head to the top of Cape Henry Lighthouse.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront or similar

Lined with quaint towns and quiet fishing villages, the scenic Outer Banks offer peaceful sandy beaches and picnic perfect parks. Join the surfers, kayakers and paddle boarders to explore the ocean or stop by Kitty Hawk to see the spot where the Wright Brothers made their first and historic flight. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Best Western Ocean Reef Suites or similar

Drive along the Outer Banks and the beautiful barrier islands today. Journey over to Orcranoke Island where you’ll find the oldest and shortest lighthouse on the Banks. Take the ferry across the Pimlico Sound to Cedar Island and on to historic Swansboro. Keep your eyes open for dolphins as they love to play in the ferry’s wake.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hampton Inn Swansboro or similar

Vibrant Myrtle Beach awaits you today, take a stroll along the boardwalk or take in the view from the Myrtle Beach Skywheel. Feast on local seafood and consider a visit to a Sea Captain’s home or simply dip your toes in the ocean and relax on the beach.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort or similar

Discover Charleston’s rich Civil War History, beautiful antebellum mansion and historic city market. Watch an artisan weave a sweet grass basket from winnow rice, step into a gallery to view the local plantation-era artwork, or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Charleston - Riverview or similar

Take a leisurely stroll alongside the Savannah River, or through the beautifully restored Old Savannah, or the City Market. Local breweries, chocolatiers and even its own 'queen of Southern Cuisine', Paula Deen, all take pride in this charming jewel of the south that sparkles both by day as well as evening with beautiful gardens and Antebellum architecture.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District or similar

Home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and a host of museums and galleries the city lives up to its tagline, Charlotte’s got a lot. Lively EpiCentre entertainment district is the perfect for a night out, sports fans will be spoilt for choice with NFL, NBA, AHL and the Charlotte Motor Speedway on offer and 7th Street Public Market will wow foodies with the flavourful selection of gourmet treats and souvenirs. 

Overnight Accommodation

  • Best Western Plus Sterling Hotel or similar

Return your rental car and board your flight from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport reflecting upon the unforgettable experiences in the South.

  • Carolinas

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore the triangle cities of Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh
    • Visit the quaint towns and fishing villages of the Outer Banks
    • Stroll along the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach
    • Discover Charleston's rich history
  • Virginia

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Discover the beautiful 14 miles of beachfront in Virginia Beach
    • Get back to nature at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
    • Visit the Old Beach Farmers Market in summer
    • Enjoy the attractions at Virginia Beach Amusement Park
  • Savannah

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore Savannah's Historic District
    • Escape to Tybee Island Savannah's beach
    • Sample the locally brewed artisan beers
    • Head to lively City Market for shopping, dining and nightly entertainment