Day 1: This is our chance to see, feel and experience the history and beauty of the southern states. Today we travel east of St. Louis to Fairview Heights, IL, for the night.
2: Our travel today takes us through southern Missouri and into Tennessee. We arrive in Nashville in time for a tour of the city with a local guide. Night in Murfreesboro.
3: As we continue our journey south our first stop is Chattanooga. Here we ride the Incline Railway to the top of Lookout Mountain. Our first visit atop the mountain is Rock City Gardens where we stroll among big boulders and down a garden pathway that give this geological wonder its name. Later we visit the Battles of Chattanooga Museum with its 3-dimensional presentation of Chattanooga’s civil war history. We then continue south into Georgia to the Atlanta suburb of Marietta where we spend the next two nights.
4: Today we have a tour of Atlanta with a local guide. We visit the CNN headquarters, World of Coca Cola, the Cyclorama, Centennial Olympic Park and much more.
5: This morning we visit Stone Mountain Park, a tourist attraction that has grown up around a massive, bowl-shaped granite formation. A cable car takes us to the top of the mountain followed by time to visit some of the other attractions in the park. Later we travel through southeastern Georgia to Savannah for the next two nights. Dinner is included at a local restaurant.
6: This morning we go to Tybee Island where we board a boat and enjoy a dolphin watch cruise. This is our opportunity to see the bottle-nosed dolphins playing in their natural habitat. In the afternoon we visit the Savannah Bee Company. A tour of the Bee Garden led by a honey expert will educate about honey bees, pollination, and a variety of other things associated with honey bees and honey production. This evening we enjoy a show at the historic Savannah Theater.
7: This morning we board a trolley for a tour of the historic district of Savannah. Later we travel to Jekyll Island where we once again board a trolley to tour this island that was once purchased by a group of East Coast Millionaires who built a large clubhouse and cottages to use as a hunting preserve and family getaway. Tonight we stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and enjoy an included dinner.
8: As we begin our journey back north we travel through Georgia to the town of Americus. Here we visit Habitat for Humanity International Global Village & Discovery Center. The Village includes a welcome center and replicas of different styles of homes that Habitat has built for those in need around the world. Night in Americus.
9: It is only a short drive to Plains, GA, where we visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site which highlights the life of our 39th President. Later we travel to Warm Springs, GA, to visit FDR’S Little White House State Historic Site. Known best as the site of Roosevelt’s death in 1945, this is also the site where many of his visionary programs were conceived. Night in Opelika, AL.
10: As we drive into Alabama our first stop is at the Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site which honors the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation’s first African-American military pilots. Next we visit the Carver Museum which follows the career of George Washington Carver as an artist, teacher and scientist. We then continue to Montgomery where we visit Old Alabama Town which depicts life in 19th and early 20th-century central Alabama. We travel to Birmingham for the night.
11: Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, is also one of its youngest. This city is steeped in a rich history of southern industrialism as well as being a pivotal player during the 1960’s civil rights movement. A local guide shows us the city and tells us about how both of these movements continue to shape Birmingham today. In the afternoon we travel through Mississippi to Memphis for the night.
12: This morning we go to Graceland to visit the home of Elvis Presley. Our visit includes a tour of his mansion and a chance at an up close look at his automobiles and airplanes. In the afternoon we visit the National Civil Rights Museum. Located in the Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King’s assassination, the museum has many interpretive exhibits detailing key events in the civil rights movement. Night in Conway, AR.
13: With a myriad of experiences to reflect on we travel back to our homes in Kansas.
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