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Big Attractions Tour

An 11-Day Tour Featuring the South's Best Known and Most Exciting Destinations in  Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama

This is a road trip that takes you to the best known and most exciting attractions in the south.

Day 1-2

Arrive in Atlanta and travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to see the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum, home to the world's biggest motorcycle collection (2.5 hours, 160 miles). The museum has over 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles and race cars. Nearby are the Outlet Shops of Grand River, home to more than 65 leading designer and top name brands including Banana Republic Factory Store and Fossil. Spend time in the new entertainment district in downtown Birmingham and enjoy first class dining, bars and nightclubs. If you are in the city Sunday morning, hear a spirit filled Gospel Choir at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, nominated as a World Heritage Site. The church is located in the Civil Right District of Birmingham, adjacent to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Day 3

Travel to Tuscaloosa to see Moundville Archaeological Park, an important archaeological site in the United States, with artefacts dating back a millenium, (1 hour, 60 miles). Here you will find 26 flat-topped earthen mounds for which Moundville is named. The location is so sacred that the ancient natives considered it a place to enter a portal to the "Path of Souls", the journey to the afterlife.

Day 4

Venture to Mississippi to visit the B.B.King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre (3.5 hours, 200 miles). While in Indianola, Mississippi,go to B.B. King's Club Ebony.

Day 5 & 6

Travel to Memphis, Tennessee for Elvis (2.5 hours, 140 miles). Visit Graceland Mansion, a 13.8-acre estate that was home to Elvis Presley. Later see Beale Street in downtown Memphis.

Day 7 & 8

Travel to Tupelo, Mississippi (2 hours, 110 miles) to see the modest birthplace of Elvis. Later in the day, travel to the Hit Capital of the World, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, (1 hour 45 mins, 90 miles). In the 1960s The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and other artists travelled to studios in four small Alabama cities for the Muscle Shoals Sound. One of the most well known of these studios is FAME, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, which still operates and welcomes morning tours. In adjacent Tuscumbia visit the Rattlesnake Saloon and across the river in Florence, see "The Father of the Blues", W.C. Handy's birthplace and museum.

Day 9

Travel to the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville (1 hour 20 mins, 70 miles). Called the largest space museum in the world, the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre has one of the most extensive collections of space artefacts and displays more than 1,500 pieces. Displays include rockets, engines, spacecraft, simulators and hands-on exhibits. It is also home to U.S. Space and Aviation Challenge.

Day 10-11

Travel to Atlanta for your trip home (4 hours, 200 miles). Arrive in Atlanta and overnight before flying home.

For more information on any of these places view the online Deep South USA Guide or complete an enquiry form to request further information.

 

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