Nashville to New Orleans through Alabama

5-Day Tour of Nashville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Alabama Beaches, and New Orleans

Experience the South through music, history, and the southern coast in this exciting tour that starts in Nashville, travels through Sweet Home Alabama and ends in New Orleans.

DAY 1 & 2 Start in Nashville, often called music city where you can tour Music Row and visit historic RCA Studio B. For nighttime entertainment, visit some of the intimate clubs in town including The Listening Room Café and the famous Bluebird Café.

DAY 3 & 4 Travel South to Huntsville (2 hours, 111 mi. / 178 km.) to see the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The largest space museum in the world and home to U.S. Space Camp. The Huntsville Botanical Gardens is next door. Nearby is Monte Sano State Park. In Muscle Shoals, (1.5 hour, 70 mi./113 km.) tour FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound studios to see where recording history was made.

DAY 5 & 6 Travel south on I-65 highway to Birmingham (1.5 hour, 100 mi. / 161 km.). This is Sweet Home Alabama’s largest city where a giant statue of Vulcan overlooks downtown where you can find music and dance clubs, theater and fine dining. History includes civil rights struggles. Birmingham is also home of America’s largest collection of motorcycles, on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, and the 16th Street Baptist Church.

DAY 7 & 8 Continue traveling south of I-65 to Montgomery, Alabama, (1.5 hours, 93 mi. / 150 km.) voted as the best historical city in America. Hank Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks all made history in this city with wonderful museums and sites dedicated to these men and woman who shaped America’s history. Montgomery is a river city with an entertainment district located next to the city’s downtown hotels and attractions, all within walking distance.

DAY 9 & 10 Continue south until you reach the Gulf of Mexico and the beach side resort towns of Gulf Shores/Orange Beach (3 hours, 187 mi. / 300 km.). Here the beach is soft and white and the water is blue and warm. Relax on the beach and enjoy the many bars and restaurants that serve fresh gulf seafood.

DAY 11 & 12 It’s just a short drive to the historic port city of Mobile, Alabama (1 hour, 45 mi. / 72 km.). Known as the birthplace of Mardi Gras in America, Mobile’s Spanish, French and Southern heritage mixes for enjoyable downtown with restaurants and interesting architecture. Nearby are important sites such as the USS Alabama Battleship, 5 River Delta Tours, and one of the South’s best gardens, Bellingrath Garden and Home.

DAY 13 – 15 Drive west on I-10 highway to experience another great southern port city, New Orleans (2 hours, 144 mi. / 232 km.). In many ways New Orleans is Mobile’s twin city, just larger. Both are important port cities with similar histories including a love of Mardi Gras and for on the last day.

 

15 DAY / 14 NIGHT ITINERARY

  • Nashville: 2 nights
  • Huntsville/Muscle Shoals: 2 Nights
  • Birmingham: 2 Nights
  • Montgomery: 2 Nights
  • Gulf Shores / Orange Beach: 2 Nights
  • Mobile: 2 Nights
  • New Orleans: 2 Nights