This 10 Day Self Drive Tour features Historic Southern Towns and Beautiful Beaches in Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. A holiday to the Southern USA’s South Coast is an exciting adventure filled with food, fun and sun.
In this 10 day road trip you will see where America’s Civil Rights history took place in Montgomery and Birmingham. Enjoy the Sunny beaches of the Gulf Shores. Party in Mobile and New Orleans. This road trip from Atlanta takes you to the South Coast of America to experience the sun, excitement and history of The Deep South.
New Orleans-The French Quarters heart and soul is a must-see, boasting a statue of Andrew Jackson at its center and a ragtag collection of artists and fortune-tellers fringing its perimeter. Its flanked by the filligreed Pontalba apartments, site of the Streetcar-Named-Desire-inspired Stella! shouting contest held during the annual Tennessee Williams Festival.
New Orleans-Many a visitors love affair with New Orleans begins after a bite of these crusty hero sandwiches made from fresh French bread slathered with mayonnaise and crammed with fried Gulf oysters or shrimp.
Depart New Orleans
Day 1 Arrive Atlanta
On arrival into Atlanta, you may proceed to the Alamo Rental location in order to pick up your rental car and transfer to your nominated hotel for your overnight stay. You have the evening at your own leisure.
Day 2 Atlanta
A day free to explore this fine city that represents the best of the “New South”. You won’t find much of Scarlett O’Hara lingering here any longer. She’s safely tucked away in the mansions and museums preserved for all time, as the rest of the city has moved on. Generally speaking, the people are gracious and welcoming, continuing on the tradition of Southern hospitality. A good introduction to the city and “The South” in general is the Atlanta History Center. You will find it in Atlanta’s main museum district, six miles north of downtown and in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood. An unusual place to visit is Underground Atlanta, literally under the center of the city. Restored in the 1980s, this is a great spot for shopping and entertainment. Since the 1996 Summer Olympics, Centennial Park has been the center of Atlanta. Here you will find the world’s largest aquarium, the $200 million Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca Cola where you can view the complete story of the world’s most recognizable and most successful brand. Close by, you can take a Behind the Scenes Tour of the CNN Studios. Travel to Montgomery (2 ½ hours, 160 miles). Overnight: Atlanta
Day 3 Montgomery
Explore Montgomery and see both Civil War and Civil Rights history in this true Southern city. Events occurred at almost identical locations, although years apart. In 1861 gallant Southern politicians gathered at the State Capitol in Montgomery and formed the Confederate States of America. The telegram starting the American Civil War was sent from Montgomery. Stand where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated President and tour the First White House of the Confederacy. Montgomery was also the location where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his moving speech at the bottom of the steps, at the end of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march. The city is also home to the Hank Williams Museum. Overnight Montgomery
Day 4 Montgomery
At the Rosa Parks Museum, you can place yourself in the shoes of Mrs. Parks when she refused to give up her seat on the bus in 1955, effectively beginning the American Civil Rights movement. You can also visit the Civil Rights Memorial in downtown Montgomery and Martin Luther King Jr’s former home. The Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park, home to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art serves as a great little oasis in the city. Overnight Montgomery
Day 5 Gulf Shores
Travel to Gulf Shores (3 hours, 188 miles) for a beach vacation along America’s best coastline. With white sandy beaches and warm Gulf of Mexico waters there is no better place to sun than Alabama’s twin resort cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. All along Alabama’s coast fresh seafood and celebrations abound. Gulf Shores hosts the National Shrimp Festival in October and the Hangout Music Festival in May. Overnight: Gulf Shores
Day 6 Gulf Shores
Orange Beach offers miles of sugar-white sand beaches and access to the interior bays and bayous lying just north of Perdido Pass. Visitors can also enjoy a lengthy list of other attractions including Adventure Island, deep-sea fishing, Orange Beach Golf Center, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Waterville USA and The Wharf. Overnight: Gulf Shores
Day 7 Mobile
On your way between Montgomery and Mobile, you can travel the Selma to Montgomery Byway where you will retrace marchers' steps in their fight for voter rights. Travel to historic Mobile (1 hour, 50 miles). Mobile is recognized as having the first-known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 and the celebration is still alive today. During Mardi Gras season, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliantly colored floats and of course teeming crowds of parade goers. All year long the port city of Mobile features the taste of the coast with fresh delicious seafood and a diverse array of bars, night-clubs and live music venues. Overnight: Mobile
Day 8 Mobile
Mobiles sheer beauty, modern architecture, amazing museums and famous seafood continues to impress visitors and locals alike. Why not take time today to visit Bellingarth Home and Gardens The 65-acre estate garden blooms every day at this 15-room museum home and bayou boardwalk. Alternatively explore the mighty battleship USS Alabama, winner of 9 battle stars in World War II. Overnight: Mobile
Day 9 New Orleans
Travel to New Orleans (2 ½ hours, 150 miles). In New Orleans, enjoy live jazz, museums and dining. This South Coast USA city operates non-stop. On your first day, take a walking tour of the French Quarter and enjoy café au lait and beignets. Grab a po-boy, gumbo or jambalaya and stroll down Bourbon Street for a nightcap. Overnight: New Orleans
Day 10 New Orelans
Today why not explore a Cajun Swamp and tour a Plantation Home. Louisiana's plantations offer a fascinating look at lifestyles of the past and a crucial period in the history of the United States. Many of the state's amazing antebellum mansions remain intact, and are meticulously maintained and furnished with beautiful period pieces - Tour these majestic marvels and their manicured gardens along the Great River Road, and across south and central Louisiana, and learn more about life during an incredible era leading up to the Civil War Overnight: New Orleans
Day 11 Depart New Orleans
Return your car at the airport before your departure flight from New Orleans.