Explore this fascinating corner of the USA from the sprawling metropolis of Atlanta to quaint seaside towns along the Atlantic Coast and the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway.
Self Drive Tour
Experience a wonderful introduction to the famed southern hospitality on this 14-day self-drive trip. Travel down to the Atlantic coast and discover some stunning coastal and beach resorts such as Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island. Spend time in graceful Savannah before heading back inland to the area’s largest city - Atlanta. Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway on your journey back to Charlotte via Asheville, North Carolina.
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Travel from the UK to Charlotte - direct service is available from London Heathrow or travel via London or East Coast Gateways such as Atlanta or New York from most regional airports. After arriving in Charlotte, collect your car at the airport and drive to your hotel. The evening is yours to explore the sights, some suggestions being the Levine Museum of the New South and the EpiCentre.
Drive distance – 176 miles/283KM
Myrtle Beach is part of the Grand Strand, a chain of sixty miles of sandy white beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. The area's Intracoastal Waterway offers plenty of water sport opportunities including scuba diving, fishing and kayaking. In the evening choose from a wide variety of live shows, dinner theatres and concert halls.
Spend a full day in Myrtle Beach. There are over 100 golf courses along the Grand Strand, as well as salt-water deep sea fishing expeditions and dolphin watching cruises to choose from.
Drive distance – 98 miles / 158KM
Situated on a peninsula, this 340-year-old city oozes with Southern charm and historic significance. A walking or horse-drawn carriage tour of the historic centre offers visitors the chance to get an overview of some of Charleston’s important historical sites. Visitors should try a favourite southern fare – grits, or enjoy a festive dockside oyster roast for dinner.
Visit some of the numerous plantations and gardens just outside of Charleston. Moss draped oak trees align the long road into Boone Hall, which is still a working plantation. There you can tour the stately home, original slave cabins and beautiful gardens. At Magnolia Plantation you will find the oldest gardens in America which bloom year-round.
Drive distance – 105 miles / 169KM
Travel from Charleston south towards Hilton Head Island and stop off in Beaufort en route. Beaufort boasts some of the most well preserved sites of Gullah heritage. Continue on to Hilton Head, an area of natural beauty and spectacular seascapes. Despite development, much of the Island remains as it was when first sighted more than 300 years ago.
Take the morning to visit historic sites and art galleries, or board a dolphin watch cruise to see all the wonderful treasures the area has to offer. Spend the afternoon in Sea Pines, the largest plantation on the island. Take a leisurely horseback ride through its nature preserve, bicycle along the miles of paved bike paths, or have cocktails at Land’s End. In the evening, dine in Harbor Town.
Drive distance – 33 miles / 53KM
It’s a beautiful drive through moss-draped trees along the back roads of the Lowcountry to Savannah. Take a trolley tour to see some of Savannah’s hundreds of restored buildings. Walk along River Street in the evening and dine on some of the local seafood fare or enjoy the sweet praline treats for which the city is known.
Be sure to stroll through a few of Savannah’s 21 squares, laid out in 1733 and filled with statues, fountains, and lush vegetation. Tour some of the historic homes and magnificent buildings spanning 3 centuries worth of architectural styles. For shopping, City Market and the Bay Street area are known for their quaint shops and galleries.
Drive distance – 248 miles / 400KM
After driving across Georgia to the State Capital and largest city, Atlanta, you may want to visit Underground Atlanta. During the 1920's, construction of the concrete viaducts elevated the street system one level, thus giving birth to what is now Underground Atlanta.
Spend the day exploring Atlanta from its place in the civil rights movement to the iconic attractions of today. In the evening visit the Virginia-Highland district, Atlanta’s most popular neighbourhood for shopping, dining and nightlife.
Drive distance – 198 miles / 319KM
In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville boasts a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a vibrant downtown and numerous historic attractions. Asheville’s funky downtown has a vibrant restaurant scene that goes well beyond its Southern cooking roots and many restaurants also feature live music from jazz to bluegrass.
Scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway are a must while in Asheville. At Grandfather Mountain, view the native animal habitats, enjoy hiking and test your courage on the Mile High Swinging Bridge. You can also choose to visit Hot Springs, a haven for those seeking outdoor adventure, healing and relaxation.
Drive distance – 125 miles / 202KM
Drive back to Charlotte and drop your car off at the aiport ahead of your return overnight flight to the UK.
‘City Centre Bliss’
Omni Charlotte Hotel is in a great downtown location in the heart of the financial district with plenty for you to enjoy even before you venture out exploring including a rooftop pool and sundeck, a 24-hour fitness centre, 24-hour guest room dining and a backpack full of healthy goodies and activities for the kids. Once you do venture out you’ll discover museums, performing arts centres, professional sports, restaurants, cultural events, shopping and a vibrant nightlife while a little outside the city you’ll find golf courses, parks and lakes. Last, but by no means least, is your guest room experience, modern yet comfortable, stylish, yet relaxing with the landscape of the city as your view.
‘Beautiful Beachfront Serenity’
Enchanting views of the Atlantic can be admired throughout Hilton Myrtle Beach, from the modern rooms with balconies to the five restaurants and bars. Accompanying the vistas are a swimming pool, fitness centre and on-site spa offering a range of massages and treatments. Nearby you will find a wealth of shopping centres, theatres and celebrity-designed golf courses.
‘Immersed in downtown Charleston’
Belmond Charleston Palace sits at the heart of downtown Charleston, close by to attractions such as Fort Sumter, Middleton Place and Waterfront Park. Combining old-world charm with modern luxury, the hotel boasts an on-site spa, fitness centre and outdoor pool. Dining ranges from the locally-inspired dishes of Charleston Grill to the American Lowcountry cuisine of The Palmetto Café.
‘Rest, Relax & Stay Active’
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is on the southern Atlantic coast’s largest barrier island with over 12 miles of beach, 50 miles of biking and hiking tracks, over 200 shops, 250 restaurants and 24 golf courses. The resort has plenty to offer too such as a heated shade pool and hot tub, a zero-entry lagoon swimming pool and a children’s area. The full-service Arum Spa invites total relaxation with its array of treatments while the 24-hour fitness centre will inspire you to keep or create a healthy routine while away. From the standard to the Presidential, all accommodation here offers a patio or balcony and the views continue throughout the resort, particularly in the dining areas such as when enjoying perfectly aged steaks and looking out over the resort at Heyward’s Restaurant or tucking into casual cuisine beside the pool at Sweet Cane Bar and Grill.
‘Sophisticated Downtown Base’
Steps away from the Centennial Olympic Park and the World Congress Centre is Omni at CNN Centre. This modern, sophisticated hotel offers comfortable guest rooms, great facilities including a fitness centre, outdoor pool and an on-site spa, and good dining options ranging from the classic American cuisine of Prime Meridian to the tasty bites at Morsel’s.
‘Opulence on a Grand Scale’
Biltmore Estate is a vast, 8000-acre private estate in Asheville, North Carolina, created by George Vanderbilt as an escape from everyday life. At 178,926 square feet, Biltmore House stands as the largest privately owned house in the United States. You will be staying at The Inn on Biltmore Estate, home to elegantly-designed guest rooms, an on-site spa, seasonal outdoor pool, fitness centre, fine dining restaurants and welcoming bar.
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