Arrive into Raleigh Durham your starting destination for your discovery of the South and its captivating coastline. Collect your Alamo rental car at the airport before driving on to the fascinating twin cities. Stay 2 nights at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh Brownstone - University (or similar).
Both Raleigh and Durham are filled with excellent museums and historic homes as well the Bennett Historic Site, the location for where the Civil War officially ended. Outside of the historical sights, visit the transformed tobacco warehouses of the American Tobacco located in the Brightleaf Square historic districts, which are now home to unique shopping, dining and nightlife scene, boasting live music around every corner.
Day 3: Raleigh Durham – Outer Banks Area/Cape Hatteras (approx. 242 miles)
Escape the city life to drive south towards the Outer Banks, a 200 mile string of narrow barrier islands that almost covers the whole coast of the State of North Carolina. This treacherous coastline and large number of shipwrecks have given these seas the nickname of ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’. If you’re are up for an adventure, stop by the Wright Brother’s hometown in Kill Devil Hills near the seafront town of Kitty Hawk, then head towards your beach destination of Cape Hatteras. Stay 2 nights at Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk (or similar).
Day 4: Cape Hatteras
Check out the world’s tallest brick lighthouse, the candy-striped Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, where you can climb up 268 steps for amazing panoramic views of the area. Or why not test out your ‘sea legs’, aboard the ferry at Cape Hatteras which will take you to Cedar Island via Ocracoke Island. Ocracoke Island is known for being the resting place of the infamous pirate “Blackbeard”.
Day 5: Cape Hatteras – Myrtle Beach (approx. 357 miles)
Take off from the state which was 'First In Flight’ and drive towards the “State of Smiling Faces -Beautiful Places”, South Carolina. Arrive in Myrtle Beach, situated on the centre of a large and continuous stretch of beach knows as the ‘Grand Strand’ and offering warm sunny climes that makes it a firm favourite beach retreat for the South Carolinians. Stay 2 nights at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Myrtle Beach –South Beach (or similar).
Day 6: Myrtle Beach
Take a walk along the new boardwalk where the Skywheel sets the scene aglow and visit the magnificent Brookgreen Gardens. In the evening be sure to experience the traditional Shag dance, an easy-going swing dance set popular since the 1950s.
Day 7: Myrtle Beach – Charleston (approx. 99 miles)
Travel south today along the scenic views of the Grand Strand, driving past beautiful Georgetown, famous for its tree lined streets and colonnaded mansions to historic Charleston, the oldest and second largest city in South Carolina. Known for its rich history, well persevered architecture, restaurant community, and friendly people, Charleston will offer you the best of the southern charm. Stay 2 nights at Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Mount Pleasant (or similar).
Day 8: Charleston
Leave the car today and explore the town by horse drawn carriage along the cobbled streets, taking in the antiquated antebellum homes along tree-lined streets. Visit the market on Market Street, explore the historic site of Ft. Sumter where the 1st shot of the Civil War rang out, and visit King Street which provides all that you need for evening entertainment with fine selection of local restaurants and watering holes.
Day 9: Charleston – Savannah (approx. 108 miles)
Today, your journey takes you further south along the coast as you drive through the heart of the low country with its maritime forests and tidal salt marshes and into Beaufort, known for its historic downtown, local cuisines and antebellum architecture. Continue on past the state border into Georgia as you head for the southern gem of Savannah. Stay 2 nights at Andaz Savannah Hotel (or similar).
Day 10: Savannah
The once colonial capital of Georgia, Savannah showcases a 250 year history and is fondly known as the 'Hollywood of the South', being home to such film legends as Forrest Gump, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The Notebook. Again, it’s best to get out on foot to see what all the charm is all about. Perhaps take a themed walking tour to hear tales of the Civil War, Black Heritage, and the 22 splendid town squares, or hop on an Old Town Trolley tour for an informative and amusing guide to the quirky stories and anecdotes that fill this city.
Day 11: Savannah – Atlanta (approx. 248 miles)
Your Southern adventure nears its end as you head back to Atlanta, stopping in the quaint town of Milledgeville for lunch in the pretty downtown area. Then it’s on Atlanta, Georgia’s capital city and the cosmopolitan heart of the South. Stay 2 nights at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel (or similar).
Day 12: Atlanta
With world-class restaurants, a vibrant night scene, sporting action, and an abundance of exciting attractions and events, all help to make Atlanta the centre for entertainment in the South. Take time to see the Centennial Olympic Park where the games where held back in 1996, enjoy the world's largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, a Six Flags theme park, World of Coca-Cola or CNN studios. Explore the city's role in the Civil War and Civil Rights movement. Then unleash your inner gourmand at nationally known restaurants and sample the city's eclectic nightlife. Stay 2 nights at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel (or similar).
Day 13: Atlanta – London
After a whirlwind fortnight discovering the southern charms of the Carolina’s and Georgia, it’s time to head back to the airport to drop off the rental car before boarding the return flight back home.