Rock'n'Roll, Rockets & Elvis
SELF DRIVE TOUR
ATLANTA | BIRMINGHAM | MEMPHIS | MUSCLE SHOALS | NASHVILLE | HUNTSVILLE
Sample a taste of the music and heritage of the south as you travel through Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. Discover the birthplace of Elvis in Tupelo, stroll down vibrant Beale Street in Memphis, explore the historic downtown of Birmingham and much more.
- Visit Muscle Shoals, the place Keith Richards called “Rock n Roll Heaven”
- See World Heritage nominated Civil Rights sites where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made history in Birmingham
- Live it up on Beale Street in Memphis
- See the U.S Space & Rocket Centre in Huntsville
Rock'n'Roll, Rockets & Elvis
Day 1 : Arrive Atlanta
Upon arrival into Atlanta collect your rental car and travel to Birmingham, Alabama where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 : Birmingham
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 and a must-stop for those that want to learn more about Southern history and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day 3 : Birmingham – Memphis (245 miles)
Enjoy the musical city of Memphis and perhaps visit Graceland, home of the late Elvis Presley, then choose between the Rock & Soul Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music or Sun Studio where musicians such as B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded their rock’n’roll hits.
Day 4 : Memphis
Today is free for you to explore the birthplace of blues by enjoying a performance in one of the Beale Street blues bars. Drive out and see the original bomber, Memphis Belle; or monorail to unique Mud Island.
Day 5 : Memphis – Muscle Shoals (152 miles)
Travel to Tupelo to see the birthplace of Elvis, a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on January 8, 1935. The home is a Mississippi landmark and the centrepiece of the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park which includes, among many other exhibits, the popular photo-op “Elvis at 13” statue and Elvis’ childhood church. Travel on to Muscle Shoals.
Day 6 : Muscle Shoals
Tour the “Hit Record Capital of the World”, Muscle Shoals. Rolling Stone’s guitarist Keith Richards called this location “Rock-N-Roll Heaven”. Visit historic FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Rattlesnake Saloon, and see “The Father of the Blues,” W. C. Handy’s birthplace and museum.
Day 7 : Muscle Shoals – Nashville (136 miles)
Travel to Nashville, often called music city where you can tour Music Row and visit historic RCA Studio B and Country Music Hall of Fame. For night time entertainment, visit some of the intimate clubs in town including The Listening Room Café and the famous Bluebird Café.
Day 8 : Nashville
A full day to discover the variety of attractions Nashville has to offer, such as the Grand Ole Opry, Opryland U.S.A. and world-famous Printer’s Alley.
Day 9 : Nashville – Huntsville (111 miles)
Travel to Lynchburg Tennessee, home to the Jack Daniels Distillery – the oldest registered distillery in the US. Every ounce of Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey is produced here, fed by the pure, iron-free cave water springs nearby. Travel on to Huntsville.
Day 10 : Huntsville
In Huntsville see the largest space museum in the world, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The museum has one of the most extensive collections of space artefacts and displays more than 1,500 rockets, engines, spacecraft, simulators, and hands-on exhibits. It is also home to Space Camp.
Day 11 : Huntsville – Atlanta (180 miles)
Travel to Atlanta; while in the South’s gateway city, visit the home of the world’s largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.
Day 12 : Atlanta
Enjoy a day in Atlanta, to why not visit Fairlie-Poplar, the African American Panoramic Experience, Grant Park or the Atlanta History Centre.
Day 13 : Atlanta Departure
Return your car at the airport before your flight.