Nashville to New Orleans - 15 Day Self Drive with flights


Nashville | Muscle Shoals | Huntsville | Birmingham | Montgomery | Orange Beach | Gulf Shores | Mobile | New Orleans

Beginning with the vibrant rhythms of Nashville, the "Music City USA", this enriching self-drive adventure will take you through the heart of the American South. Immerse yourself in the birthplace of blues and soul in Muscle Shoals, where legendary artists recorded their timeless hits. Head to Huntsville, "The Rocket City," to explore the legacy of U.S. space missions and savour live music in this southern hub.

Continue your journey to Birmingham, known as the "Dinner Table of the South," where culinary delights from BBQ to globally influenced dishes await. Montgomery, a historic city on the banks of the Alabama River, unfolds its rich tapestry of American Civil War and Civil Rights history.

From there, experience the coastal allure as you reach Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Enjoy sugar-white sands, embark on deep-sea fishing adventures, and explore attractions like the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Continue south to Mobile, where Mardi Gras was born, and conclude your road trip in the captivating cultural mecca of New Orleans, where the echoes of jazz, Creole cuisine, and festivals create a perfect crescendo to your Southern self-drive exploration.

This Holiday Includes

  • Flights Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire 15 Days Car Hire
  • Hotels 14 Nights Accommodation
  • Days 15 Days


Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Nashville, Tennessee

    Hotel: Hotel Indigo Nashville 4*

    Upon your arrival, collect your rental car and kick off your journey with a visit to the Ryman Auditorium, hailed as the "Birthplace of Bluegrass." Nashville offers numerous venues to immerse yourself in the soulful tunes of bluegrass during your stay. Enhance your musical experiences with a tour of Nelson's Green Brier Distillery. Delve into the history of the distillery, founded by a German immigrant, and savour the flavours of hand-crafted Tennessee whiskey through a tasting experience.

    Dedicate a full day to exploring the diverse attractions that Nashville has to offer, including the Country Music Hall of Fame, the iconic Grand Ole Opry, Opryland U.S.A., and the world-renowned Printer's Alley.

  • Day 3

    Muscle Shoals, Alabama

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa 4*

    Venture a few miles south, nestled directly between the musical hubs of Nashville and Memphis, and uncover a magical enclave crafted by four small adjacent Alabama cities. Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, and Sheffield collectively form the renowned "Hit Recording Capital of the World." This area, where legends like The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin recorded their chart-topping hits, also holds significance as the birthplace of the Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy, and a place where Native Americans believed the river sang.

    Journey through this musical haven, touring the historic Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, exploring W.C. Handy's log cabin birthplace, and immersing yourself in the rich exhibits of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Uncover the heritage of Helen Keller at her childhood home, visit an ancient Indian mound, and experience the architectural brilliance of the only Frank Lloyd Wright home open to the public in the Southeastern USA. This unique and harmonious blend of music, history, and culture awaits your discovery in the heart of Alabama.

  • Day 4

    Huntsville, Alabama

    Hotel: Embassy Suites Huntsville - Hotel & Spa 3*

    Journey just a short distance east to Huntsville, aptly nicknamed "The Rocket City" for its significant role in U.S. space missions. The city's proximity to Muscle Shoals has transformed it into a thriving live music hub, boasting local music halls and the Roman-style Amphitheatre known as The Orion. Huntsville, a dynamic southern city, is not only a haven for rocket scientists but also a hotspot for brewpubs.

    Explore the rich offerings of Huntsville through the Huntsville and North Alabama All-In-One Ticket package (optional), which includes four of the city's top attractions: The U.S. Space & Rocket Centre (the world's largest space museum), Huntsville Botanical Garden, Burritt On The Mountain, and Early Works Children's Museum. This ticket offers exceptional value, and you can also opt to explore additional attractions in North Alabama, such as a Tiger Preserve, two State Parks with caves, the museum dedicated to Olympic winner Jesse Owens, and more. Huntsville invites you to immerse yourself in the convergence of space exploration, music, and diverse cultural offerings.

  • Day 6

    Birmingham, Alabama

    Hotel: Embassy Suites Birmingham 3*

    Today, your journey takes you to Birmingham, renowned as the "Dinner Table of the South." With a culinary landscape ranging from America's best barbecue to southern-influenced global dishes crafted by James Beard Award-winning chefs, Birmingham's dining scene is a delightful feast for the senses. The city boasts four vibrant entertainment districts in the downtown area—Uptown, Five Points South, Avondale, and Pepper Place—each offering a diverse array of restaurants, bars, and music halls.

    Exploring downtown Birmingham reveals a network of parks, including the expansive 10-city block CityWalk. As Alabama's largest city, Birmingham offers an abundance of attractions and activities. Whether strolling through entertainment districts, enjoying a park walk, or savouring the diverse culinary offerings, Birmingham promises a rich tapestry of experiences in the heart of the South.

  • Day 8

    Montgomery, Alabama

    Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Montgomery 4*

    Travel south to Montgomery, a historic city nestled on the banks of the Alabama River. Known for its easily navigable downtown, Montgomery has earned the title of the best historical city in the United States, owing to its pivotal role in the American Civil War and the Civil Rights movement. Montgomery was a significant centre where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived and preached, Hank Williams strummed his guitar on the streets, Rosa Parks took her courageous stand, and Jefferson Davis was sworn in as the president of the Confederate States of America. The city echoes with the resonance of pivotal historical events, making it a captivating destination that encapsulates the diverse layers of American history.

  • Day 10

    Gulf Shores, Alabama

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront 3*

    Discover the epitome of relaxation along America's finest coastline at Gulf Shores/Orange Beach. These twin resort cities in Alabama beckon with their pristine white sand beaches and the inviting warmth of the Gulf of Mexico waters. Positioned at the heart of this coastal paradise is Gulf State Park, spanning 6,100 acres and featuring 28 miles of paved trails, over 2 miles of sugary sand beaches, and a diverse array of ecosystems. The park provides accommodations to suit various travel styles, ensuring a comfortable and immersive experience.

    Between the two resort cities, a total of 32 miles (51 km) of delightful beaches await your enjoyment. Immerse yourself in the beachside atmosphere, where beach bars, live music, and delectable seafood await.

    Whether it’s excitement and adventure or laid-back days by the beach you’re after, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a diverse range of experiences. Take a leisurely stroll along the pristine sugar-white sand or hop on a cruise to spot playful dolphins in the Gulf waters. For those craving adventure, cast your fishing line into one of the nation's largest artificial fishing reefs on a deep-sea fishing trip.

  • Day 12

    Mobile, Alabama

    Hotel: Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel 4*

    A brief drive leads to the historic port city of Mobile, renowned as the birthplace of Mardi Gras in America and founded in 1702 as the original capital of the Louisiana Territory. Mobile stands as a vibrant mosaic of people, flavours, cultures, and traditions. Take a leisurely stroll through Bienville Square, named after the city's founder, where a delightful city park square enveloped by trees invites with a gentle breeze. Legend has it that Bienville's housekeeper first combined African fruit in a fish stew, giving birth to the dish later known as Gumbo.

    Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Mobile, where you must savour the locally born West Indies Salad, featuring crab meat and onions marinated in oil and vinegar. Explore nearby attractions within walking distance, such as the GulfQuest Maritime Museum, the History Museum of Mobile & Fort Conde, and the Conde Charlotte Museum. Mobile unfolds its rich history and diverse flavours, inviting you to discover the charm and unique heritage of this coastal gem. Enjoy a full day exploring.

  • Day 13

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Hotel: Hyatt Centric French Quarter 4*

    Return to New Orleans to enjoy one more afternoon and night in one of the most captivating cities in the world.

  • Day 14

    Depart New Orleans, Louisiana

    Today marks the end of your self-drive adventure in the South. Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

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Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include flights from the UK, pre-booked accommodation, car hire with unlimited mileage. Note: Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar standard. Prices based on travel in low season (November & December 2024). For travel outside of these dates, the itinerary and inclusions may vary to that shown above - please contact us for details.

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