Space Camp

13 day self drive itinerary

Rock 'n' Roll, Rockets and Elvis

Enjoy a taste of the music and heritage of the South

This trip travelling through Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia will be a big hit among music fans. Stroll through Birmingham's historic downtown, and stop in to hear the gospel choir at the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Head to the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis where Elvis Presley cut his first record and visit Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and FAME studios in Muscle Shoals where artist like Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones recorded.

Get your Country on in Nashville with a visit to the Grand Ole Opry or the lively Honky-tonks on Broadway and explore the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville before finishing your journey in cosmopolitan Atlanta. 

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Discover Birmingham's Civil Rights history
  • Visit the Rock 'n' Soul Museum in Memphis
  • Stop by Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo
  • See the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville
  • Hit the Honky-tonks on Broadway for fantastic live music
  • Step back in history at Margret Mitchell House in Atlanta

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
13 days
Guide Price
£2,529 per person
Price based on
Based on 10 September 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with British Airways, 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
Included
  • International flights
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation
  • Car hire
Not included
  • Car insurance (including any applicable one way drop off fees)
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Park entrance fees (if applicable)
  • Ferry charges (if applicable)

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive in Atlanta and travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to see the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum, home to the world’s largest motorcycle collection. The museum has over 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles and race cars. Spend time in the entertainment district in downtown Birmingham.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Best Western Plus Birmingham or similar

Sunday morning, hear a spirit filled Gospel Choir at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, nominated as a World Heritage Site. The church is located in the Civil Right District of Birmingham, adjacent to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and a must-stop for those that want to learn more about Southern history and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Best Western Plus Birmingham or similar

Enjoy the musical city of Memphis and explore the birthplace of the blues by taking in a performance in one of the entertaining Beale Street blues bars. Memphis offers a multitude of musical and movie moments, and there are two nights to explore your favourites. Start with a visit to Graceland, home of the late Elvis Presley, then choose between the Rock & Soul Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Gibson Guitar Factory, or Sun Studio where musicians such as B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded their rock 'n roll hits.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Comfort Inn Downtown or similar

Dive deeper in the birthplace of the blues by taking in a performance in one of the entertaining Beale Street blues bars. Drive out for a tour of Elvis Presley’s home Graceland; see the original bomber, Memphis Belle; or monorail to unique Mud Island.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Comfort Inn Downtown or similar

Travel to Tupelo, Mississippi for a day trip to see the modest birthplace of Elvis. The most significant landmark of Tupelo’s modern history is a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on January 8, 1935. From this humble beginning, Elvis Presley began his swift rise to become the world’s most popular entertainer. The house, built by his father with $180, draws over 50,000 visitors each year from across the world and is part of the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park. The home is a Mississippi landmark and the centrepiece of the park which includes, among many other exhibits, the popular photo-op 'Elvis at 13' statue and Elvis’ childhood church. Travel to Muscle Shoals.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Comfort Inn and Suites or similar

Tour the 'Hit Record Capital of the World', Muscle Shoals, Alabama to spend the night. Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards called this location 'Rock-N-Roll Heaven'. Visit historic FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Rattlesnake Saloon, and see “The Father of the Blues,” W. C. Handy’s birthplace and museum.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Comfort Inn and Suites or similar

Travel to Nashville, often called music city where you can tour Music Row and visit historic RCA Studio B and Country Music Hall of Fame. For night time entertainment, visit some of the intimate clubs in town including The Listening Room Café and the famous Bluebird Café.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • GuestHouse Inn & Suites Nashville/Music Valley or similar

Soak up the sounds in the country music capital by visiting the Grand Ole Opry. Experience the South’s tumultuous history at the Tennessee State Museum. A full day to discover the variety of attractions Nashville has to offer, such as the Grand Ole Opry, Opryland U.S.A. and world-famous Printer’s Alley.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • GuestHouse Inn & Suites Nashville/Music Valley or similar

Travel to Lynchburg Tennessee where small town values and perfect Americana living are alive and well in Lynchburg, It might be small, but its home to one large industry – the Jack Daniels Distillery – which is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and averages over 250,000 visitors every year. Every ounce of Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey is produced here, fed by the pure, iron free cave water springs nearby. Travel to Huntsville.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hilton Garden Inn Space Center or similar

In Huntsville see the largest space museum in the world, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The museum has one of the most extensive collections of space artefacts and displays more than 1,500 rockets, engines, spacecraft, simulators, and hands-on exhibits. It is also home to Space Camp.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hilton Garden Inn Space Center or similar

Travel to Atlanta for your trip out arrive in Atlanta and overnight. Visit the Olympic Centennial Park where you can find the World of Coca-Cola, CNN and the Georgia Aquarium. Step back in history at Margret Mitchell House, where ‘Peggy’ wrote her bestseller Gone with the Wind or head over to the upscale Buckhead district for ultra-chic shopping and dining experiences.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Atlanta - Midtown or similar

Enjoy a day in Atlanta, which started as railroad junction in the 1830s and quickly became the transport hub of the South. Its strategic importance was a large part of the reason it made such an inviting target for General Sherman’ Union Army, which razed it during the Civil War. Visit Fairlie-Poplar, the African American Panoramic Experience, Grant Park or the Atlanta History Center.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Atlanta - Midtown or similar

You have time for a little last minute shopping at Lennox Square or Phipps Plaza before returning your car and catching your flight home. 

Points of Interest

  • Birmingham

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
    • 16th Street Baptist Church
    • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
    • Vulcan Park and Museum
    • Explore Downtown Birmingham
  • Memphis

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Blues bars on Beale Street
    • Elvis Presley's former home Graceland
    • Rock 'n' Soul Museum
    • Historic Sun Studios
    • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Alabama

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Stop by Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi
    • FAME Studios
    • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
    • Rattlesnake Saloon
    • W.C Handy's birthplace and museum
  • Nashville

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Historic RCA Studio B
    • Country Music Hall of Fame
    • Bluebird cafe
    • Grand Ole Opry
    • Lively Honky-tonks on Broadway
  • Alabama

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Stop in at the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee
    • U.S. Space & Rocket Center
    • Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail
    • Burritt on the Mountain
    • Weeden House Museum and Garden
  • Atlanta

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Atlanta Beltline
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
    • Stone Mountain Park
    • Shopping in the Buckhead district
    • Sweet Auburn Curb Market