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.
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.