A genteel Deep South welcome awaits on this tri-state road trip. There’s a full-on start with an energetic adventure in ever-growing Atlanta, but the pace slows as you head for North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, South Carolina’s sun-kissed coast and the Antebellum mansion-lined streets of Savannah.
Suggested route & duration
Suggested duration: 12 nights Atlanta round-trip
• Atlanta: 2 nights
• Asheville: 2 nights
• Charlotte: 1 night
• Myrtle Beach: 1 night
• Charleston: 2 nights
• Hilton Head Island: 1 night
• Savannah: 2 nights
• Athens: 1 night
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this self-drive
• Explore Atlanta where Civil War history meets the 21st Century
• Follow in the footsteps of the Vanderbilts at Asheville’s Biltmore Estate and drive part of the Smoky Mountain’s Blue Ridge Trail
• Soak up South Carolina’s laid-back beach lifestyle in Myrtle Beach and on Hilton Head Island
• Experience quintessential southern hospitality in Savannah as you walk under moss-covered trees and along cobblestone streets
• This itinerary can also be done in a motorhome.
Suggested Self-drive Itinerary
Day 1: Atlanta Start with a couple of nights in Georgia’s capital – it’s trendy and surprisingly green. Stay 2 nights at Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown.
Day 3: Asheville Explore this charming city in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, known for its historic architecture and artsy vibes. Stay 2 nights at Crowne Plaza Resort.
Day 5: Charlotte Spend a day in the high-rise commercial hub of North Carolina. Stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites Uptown.
Day 6: Myrtle Beach Spend the day in this coastal city and beach resort, at the heart of South Carolina’s 60-mile-long Grand Strand. Stay at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort.
Day 7: Charleston Spot antebellum and Civil War history in South Carolina’s oldest city. Stay 2 nights at Marriott Charleston.
Day 9:Hilton Head Island Discover golden-sand Atlantic Ocean beaches at this scenic spot, home to a red and white striped lighthouse. Stay at Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront.
Day 10: Savannah Get a feel for this historic city from the water. Stay 2 nights at B Historic Savannah.
Day 12: Athens Finish in the city which marks the start of Georgia’s Antebellum Trail of historic Civil War towns. Stay at Hotel Indigo Athens.
The Biltmore Estate, Asheville
Visit America’s largest privately owned house, built by the Vanderbilt family in the 19th Century
Charleston fine dining
Enjoy romantic ‘white tablecloth dining’ at one of the excellent restaurants in Charleston
Hilton Head’s beaches
Explore 12 miles of beautiful, powdery white sands along South Carolina’s Atlantic Coast
Savannah’s Historic District
From River Street, explore an area famous for its cobbled streets and oak-shaded parks
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
Many of the places we’ve chosen are good-standard 3-4 Star chain hotels. Upgrade for a little extra luxury on your trip – we love the Belmond Charleston Place, a red-brick hotel full of chandeliers and stately rooms.
Asheville is surrounded by hidden gems. Visit the Wheels Through Time Museum; choose from over 250 waterfalls in Transylvania County; see the highest concentration of Art Deco outside Miami; and pass locations from Dirty Dancing and The Last of the Mohicans as you drive to Charlotte.
If you want to slow the pace a bit, you could spend more time in Atlanta, Savannah or Charleston. The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront is a large resort with excellent facilities, so relaxing there for an extra couple of nights would also be good.
If you want to see another place, we’d recommend extending your holiday in Nashville. Discover atmospheric clubs and bars and fascinating music museums like the Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s also an easy journey home from here, as British Airways offer direct flights back to London.
Good to know
When to go
• We recommend avoiding the summer months if possible – it gets very busy and the weather can be very hot, sometimes with monsoon rains
• Spring and autumn are great times to visit, with leaves coming into bloom and then changing colour depending on the season
• Winter travel is possible but can be affected by winter conditions (although temperatures will be milder in the south)