Hit the road, Jack: the best way to discover these three accessible cities is with wheels. Nashville is a city of neighbourhoods, each with their own distinct personality. Whether it’s the heart of downtown, where music, food and history are seamlessly intertwined, the eclectic area of East Nashville or the boutique-lined 12South neighbourhood – there’s no shortage of places to explore. Atlanta sits at the intersection of Southern charm, creativity and sophistication. It’s easy to fall in love with this beautiful city’s world-class attractions, award-winning dining and hidden wonders – and to be inspired by its endless possibilities. New Orleans is a revitalised metropolis, pulsating with the energy, creativity, and passion of artists, musicians, chefs, and a population ready to celebrate. It’s also one of the least expensive travel hot spots in the US – now’s the time to discover the Big Easy’s artistic charms.
Start your Nashville adventure Downtown at the Johnny Cash Museum, peruse the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, which pays homage to the studio session players, and visit the museum’s interactive GRAMMY Museum Gallery; The Ryman Auditorium, built in 1892, is one of Nashville’s true icons. Take a short drive across the river to East Nashville, where eclectic is the norm. Visit vintage stores, coffee houses and music shops, or eat in one of the many independent restaurants. Just north of downtown lies the Germantown neighbourhood, home to some of Nashville’s best restaurants. The 12South district is known for its walkability and the tempting boutique shops that line the street. Whatever neighbourhood you zoom in on, you’re guaranteed an authentic Nashville experience.
In Atlanta, visit Georgia Aquarium, one of North America’s largest aquariums, home to tens of thousands of animals and more than 10-million gallons of water. Thirsty? Visit World of Coca-Cola to learn the story of the world-famous soft drink; rewind time to the early years of Coke’s creation in Atlanta and follow the global brand through the decades. Atlanta is one of only two cities in the world to lay claim to two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and former President, Jimmy Carter. See the medals on display and learn about their legacies at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum. Finally, visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights to tie together the American civil rights movement and current global human rights campaigns.
New Orleans Attractions
Attractions that await you on the road in New Orleans include the Audubon Zoo: ranked among the top five zoos in America, and home to more than 1,000 animals. History buffs will be fascinated by the National World War II Museum, which features a collection of World War II artifacts and archives. The newly expanded museum also offers a 4D cinematic experience, Beyond All Boundaries, a Stage Door Canteen with live music and a restaurant, the American Sector. Finally, don’t miss a trip to Mardi Gras World, where you can take a behind-the-scenes look at the famous magic of Mardi Gras.