Drive through the USA's Blues Highway
- Round trip
- 17 nights
- United States
- per person
- based on 2 persons
A road trip through the Deep South, with music, history and natural beauty! With hotels, rental car and flights
Are you ready to rock n' roll? This unique road trip down the "Blues Highway" takes you through the heartland of American history, filled with musical legends, intriguing history, and stunning natural beauty - not to mention plenty of tempting Southern cuisine! Relish the views as you drive across breath-taking mountain ranges and coastal routes, immerse yourself in the rich history of Atlanta, Charleston and Natchez, and celebrate the musical greats that put Nashville and Memphis on the world map. You'll also explore the pre-Civil War era of the US, with the chance to see some of the magnificent plantation homes around the south in Savannah and elsewhere, and learn more about the civil rights movements that transformed American history. Then dive into the vibrant melting pot of culture in the home of jazz, New Orleans, before enjoying the relaxing beach haven on the Gulf Coast. Start planning your road trip playlist - the open road awaits!
- Roundtrip: 16 nights across southern USA
- Rental car
- English road book
- Return flight from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester to Atlanta
- Please note that there may be an additional night(s) in transit due to flight schedules.
Day 1: Welcome to Atlanta!
Welcome to Atlanta - the start of an unforgettable journey through a lesser-seen part of the US landscape.There's music, history, and amazing views on the road ahead of you, so make sure you come prepared with your road trip playlist. As you drive deep into the heartland of country music, ja…
Day 2-3: Step back in time in Savannah
Spend your free day in Atlanta taking a closer look at some of its most iconic sites. Atlanta was the birthplace of the incredible Martin Luther King, so pay tribute to the father of the Civil Rights Movement by visiting the Martin Luther King Historical Site, and learn more about this groundbre…
Day 4-5: See colonial America in Charleston
It's time to drive to Charleston (241 km) - the city that gave its name to the iconic '20s dance step! Before you head to the colonial city, it's worth stopping over for some fresh ocean air at the beautiful Hilton Head Island. With its wild Atlantic beaches and captivating views, yo…
Day 6: The blue mountains of Asheville
There's a change of pace on day 6, as you trade the colonial past for some of America's most breath-taking natural scenery. With an approx. 5 hour drive (465 km) to Asheville, through the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains, set off early to get the best views en route. Part of the famous…
Day 7: Chatanooga Choo Choo!
Set out early on day 7 for another epic 5 hour drive (375 km) through the captivating Great Smoky Mountains. With views like these, you'll want to savour every second! Your destination today is Chatanooga, home of the Chatanooga Choo Choo! As you might guess from the name, this was once a fa…
Day 8-9: Nashville - Music City
As you head out of Chatanooga today, there's still plenty to discover. Drive up to Lookout Mountain, where you can see the seven surrounding states on a clear day. Or stop over at Lynchburg, a city that was put on the map thanks to one very famous export - the classic Jack Daniels whiskey. Y…
Day 10-11: Memphis - the birthplace of rock n' roll
On day 10, it's time to rock n' roll, as you drive to the place that gave the world the blues - Memphis (340 km). This is the city that put some of the world's best musical legends on the map, including B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, and of course, the King himself - Elvis Presley.…
Day 12: A taste of Mississippi in Natchez
With the sound of the Memphis blues still ringing in your ears, it's time to venture deep into the heart of the American South, with a visit to Natchez, in the state of Mississippi (500 km). You'll see some diverse natural scenery along the way, as you drive by the famous Mississippi Riv…
Day 13-14: Discover The Big Easy - New Orleans
The next part of your musical road trip takes you to the birthplace of jazz - New Orleans. It's an approx. 4 hour drive (315 km), so it's worth stopping over in the charming town of Vacherie, where you can visit the historic Oak Alley Plantation and see the breath-taking 300 year old oa…
Day 15: Relax on the golden Gulf Coast
After days of history, music, and rich Southern cuisine, it's time to relax and unwind with the cool ocean breeze. On day 15, head to the penultimate stop of your trip, Gulf Shores (317 km).
Here on the golden Alabama Gulf Coast, you'll find a tranquil beach haven, and the perfec…
Day 16: Head back to Atlanta
On day 16, it's time to start the journey back to Atlanta. You'll have an approx. 6 hour drive (571 km) to the city, so enjoy one last look at the diverse landscape of the Deep South as it rolls past. Enjoy your last night in Atlanta relaxing or exploring, before dropping off your rental…
Make your journey through the Deep South even more memorable with some of the optional excursions available to book:
• Old Town Trolley Tour, Savannah (full day, day 3) •
One of the best ways to see the historic sights of Savannah, this hop-on, hop-off tour highlights the must-see attractions of the historic city.
• Elvis Experience (approx 4 hours, day 11) •
Enjoy a tour of Elvis' Graceland mansion with an audioguide, with access to Custom Airplanes exhibits and the Presley Motor Cars Museum and more.
• New Orleans Dinner Cruise (3 hours, day 13) •
Enjoy a quintessentially New Orleanian experience, with a scenic cruise down the river, while enjoying live jazz performances and a delicious dinner.
• New Orleans Historical Cruise (approx 2.5 hours, day 14)
Learn more about the history of the city, and the infamous Battle of New Orleans, with a narrated cruise downriver to the Chalmette Battlefield, as well as a short guided excursion at the battlefield itself. Creole buffet lunch available on board (not included).
- ESTA costs
- Entry permit to Canada - eTA costs: approx. £4 - payable online (for a Canada stopover only)
- All meals
- Fuel, parking and toll fees
- Rental car credit card deposit
If you book this deal before 42 days of your departure, you can choose to pay in parts. The deposit will be 50% of the deal’s price plus the booking fee and travel and/or cancellation insurance (when applicable). You will find the payment amounts and deadlines to pay every installment at the last step of the booking process.
Your booking is a direct contract between you and Secret Escapes Ltd. for the provision of your package. Secret Escapes acts as a tour operator responsible, and is therefore liable for the proper execution of the agreement. The Secret Escapes Terms and Conditions (A) apply to this booking. The Secret Escapes Cancellation Terms and Conditions apply to this booking.
Please note that the flights included in this offer are subject to live availability and price, and can change during your booking process. When this is the case, we will always notify during the booking process.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be additional entry requirements in effect at your destination, which are subject to change at short notice. Please familiarise yourself with the latest requirements before departure via your government's foreign advice service.
The main driver must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driver's license. The main driver must have a credit card in their own name with a sufficient credit limit for the deposit. You will pick and up and drop off the rental car at the airport. Travellers should allow enough time to drive to the airport and return the rental car before the return flight.
An excess risk applies in the event of theft or damage. A credit card deposit is required upon arrival. Comprehensive insurance, non-life insurance, liability insurance, theft insurance and cover for glass, tires, floor and roof damage is included. You will receive all rental car information along with your travel documents.
Maximum 4 persons per room.
On the basis of two full-paying adults, a discount for children may be offered dependent on the chosen travel dates and length of stay. You will see the applicable discount in the final booking process. Please note: children up to 12 months old receive a discount on the plane ticket, but will not receive a seat or baggage allowance.
Unfortunately, cots are not available throughout this trip.
Pets are not permitted on this trip due to international plane travel.
You will receive all documents relevant to your trip, 5 days prior to departure at the latest.
Please note that flights may be subject to change, delay or postponement by the provider and that flight times are provisional. Don't forget to check the actual flight times before departure on the website of the airline or the airport to avoid inconvenient surprises.
Your passport must be valid for the entire duration of your stay. For more information, visit the official gov.uk website.
For travel in the USA up to 90 days, British Citizens need to apply for an ESTA. This must be done online at least 72 hours before departure.
|Stop over in Canada||
If you are entering or passing through Canada by air, an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is required. Travellers can apply for an eTA online and the fee is approximately £4. It is advisable to apply as early as possible before travelling. Please note that having an eTA does not guarantee entry into Canada, and the final decision remains with Canadian border staff. For up to date information, visit the official gov.uk website or the relevant embassy.
All travellers should be up to date with primary courses and boosters. No vaccinations are usually recommended for travel to the USA. Consult your doctor or the NHS travel advice website for more information.
The national currency of the United States of America is the US dollar (USD).