101 USA Holidays

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Deep South

Mike & Donna's verdict:

You’ll fall in love, as we did, with America’s Deep South on this fly-drive tour that includes a private tour of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, a wonderful hotel in New Orleans, Music Row in Nashville plus a luxury retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains and mint juleps in Charleston.

Recommended tour operator: Black Tomato

Black Tomato says

We understand that your precious time off needs to be unforgettable. For a trip with a twist, our Deep South fly-drive – in a cool convertible of course – offers a unique adventure.

Cocktails, mud pies and rhythm & blues – once you’ve experienced the South’s sultry magic, you may find it hard to leave.

We will jet you off to the fabulous Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans where the spirit and colour of the jazz age will set your pulse racing. Tour the streets and soak up the heady mix of music and culture that pours from every iron lace balcony.

From jazz to rock ‘n’ roll – head north through the heartlands of Mississippi to Memphis, home to the king himself, Elvis Presley. Skip the crowds and enjoy your private tour of Graceland before retiring to the historic Peabody Hotel to watch the march of the famed Peabody Ducks.

Travelling deeper south, your next stop is downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Shop ’til you drop in the hip vintage boutiques before heading to the stylish Hutton Hotel – dine amongst the Music Row power players in the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, 1808 Grille.

Head east to the small luxury estate of Blackberry Farm, deep in the Great Smoky Mountains. Forget the world in this romantic bolt hole, enjoy the farm’s renowned Foothills cuisine and indulge in unique cocktails and handcrafted whiskeys.

Top off your tour in sun-soaked Charleston, South Carolina where the antebellum mansions and jasmine-filled courtyards brim with southern charm. The opulent Charleston Place hotel provides the ideal base. Relax with a mint-julep and magnolia spa treatment, or stroll along the oak-lined sidewalks past old plantation houses and one of America’s finest coastlines.

Black Tomato will point you in the direction of some of the lesser known beaches and southern gems to round up your Deep South adventure.

Find out more about our tailor made Deep South trip and other holidays in the USA.

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