This Amazing Fly Drive throught the Blue Ridgeway Parkway includes a compact car with Full Inclusive insurance and Sat Nav (one way drop off fee of $300 plus taxes to be paid locally) 2 nights in Atlanta, 3 nights in Asheville, 1 night in Blowing Rock, 1 night in Roanoke, 2 nights in Charlottesville and 2 nights in Washington.
We are currently offering £200 per person discount aswell as a Free Sat Nav with your rental car.
We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.
You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.
Washington DC Power Pass, 24-hour £50 per person OR 48-hour £69 per person (longer durations available) – The nation’s capital offer visitors an abundance of things to see and do.... The Washington DC Power Pass provides free, instant access to all of the top Washington DC attractions including tours, museums, historic sites and outdoor experiences. Only the Washington DC Power Pass allows you to experience so much at such tremendous value!
Washington Hop on Hop off Bus Tour, 24-hour £35 per person OR 48-hour £45 per person - The Big Bus Tour takes you to all of Washington's famous landmarks and reveals the nation's capital's fascinating history. Choose from a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off pass and 3 tour routes with more than 40 stops, such as the National Mall, the Pentagon, the Arlington Cemetery and the White House.
Madam Tussauds Washington, £25 per person – Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. is a fully interactive, full-sensory experience, where visitors are able to touch, see and hear major historical events and celebrities in a way unlike any other Washington D.C. attraction. The premier wax attraction pays homage to some of the most influential and important political figures in U.S. history, sports, pop culture, music, fashion and Hollywood.
Spirit Cruises Washington DC, Lunchtime £40 per person OR Evening £69 per person - Spirit Cruises is the most vibrant and theatrical dining cruise experience to hit the Washington DC area. Spirit’s performers will dazzle you with song and dance on the centre stage. These exciting entertainers are among the finest `rising stars¿ in the city, so take a good look. Sample a little bit of everything on this lunch and dinner cruises.
Old Town Trolley Tour, £35 per person - Experience the Nation's Capital on this fully narrated Old Town Trolley Tour. Guests can tour at their own pace having the opportunity to get off at any point of interest they wish to further explore, then re-board and continue the tour. Trolley Stops: - The White House - Washington Monument - Lincoln Memorial - National Air and Space Museum – Georgetown.
Newseum, £19 per person - Welcome to the Newseum, the world's most interactive museum, where five centuries of news history meets up-to the-second technology on America's Main Street. The Newseum's 14 major galleries and 15 theatres will immerse visitors in the world's greatest news stories, the people, the places and the times.
Washington DC City Tour, £50 per person – Are you looking for a quick and thorough tour of Washington DC? Then this is the tour for you! Take the Taste of DC tour, which will show you some of the most important spots around the city in a quick “appetising” format. Easy on your day and easy on your budget - you don't want to miss the opportunity to see the nation’s Capital.
DC Ducks City Tour, £29 per person - This is the most unusual tour you will ever take! DC duck is the newest, most exciting way to see Washington. Climb aboard an authentic, fully restored 1942 Duck and let the adventure begin! Enter the Water in the Potomac River. Drive by Museums and Monument and see the Nation’s Capital from land and water. From the land to the water, it is all in the same vehicle.
DAY 1-2 Atlanta, Georgia
Arrive Atlanta, Pick up your car from the airport and check-in to your hotel.
In the next 2 days one may want to visit Underground Atlanta. Located in the heart of downtown, this six block area was once the city centre. During the 1920's, construction of the concrete "viaducts" elevated the street system one level, thus giving birth to what is now Underground Atlanta. Today it is bustling with activity. Take a guided history tour or enjoy a variety of clubs and restaurants.
DAY 3 Atlanta-Asheville, North Carolina (208 mi/ 335 km)
This morning’s drive ends in Asheville, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville boasts a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, and numerous historic and architectural attractions.
Tour the Biltmore Estate’s home and gardens. Take a self-guided tour of this 250-room French château, America’s largest home. Explore the acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, designed by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
Asheville’s funky downtown has a vibrant restaurant scene that goes well beyond its Southern roots and many restaurants also feature live music from jazz to bluegrass.
DAY 4 Asheville
Take a hop-on/hop-off tour this morning to visit areas such as the Montford Historic District to see Asheville's impressive collection of Queen Ann style home, the author Thomas Wolfe’s Home and Museum, Pack Square cultural area, and the River Arts District.
This afternoon walk the 1.7 mile Asheville Urban Trail, often called Asheville's "museum without walls." Thirty stations of whimsical bronze sculptures and other works of art illuminate some of the history of downtown's development and the notable people who once lived there.
DAY 5 Asheville-Cherokee-Asheville
(228 mi/ 367 km)
Today, travel to Cherokee at the southern entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here one will discover the history, culture and traditions of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, a civilization older than the Inca, Maya, Egyptians and the Romans. Visit its cultural sites and attractions such as the Museum of the Cherokee Indian to experience the 11,000 year old Cherokee story.
DAY 6 Asheville-Blue Ridge Parkway-Boone (85 mi/ 137 km)
Depart Asheville this morning and head north along the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s most scenic drives. En route visit Grandfather Mountain, one of the most biologically diverse mountains in the world and designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve. Cross the Swinging Bridge for breath-taking views. This 228-foot suspension bridge spans an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation.
Hike back-country trails and photograph bears, otters, cougars, eagles and deer in natural habitats. This afternoon visit nearby Linville Caverns and see the amazing work of nature on the "inside" of a mountain. The caverns feature stalactite and stalagmite formations, a Bottomless Pool, and total darkness. There’s a guided tour that educates on caverns ecosystems, geological history, and local area history. Continue to Boone for the overnight.
DAY 7 Boone-Blue RidgePkwy-Roanoke, VA (170 mi/ 274 km)
Before leaving Boone, visit The Hickory Ridge Homestead, a living history museum that gives the visitor insight into the lifestyle of the early mountain settlers.
Then visit The Blowing Rock, an immense cliff overhanging Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. The phenomenon is so called because the rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the northwest wind sweeps with such force that it returns light objects cast over the void.
Once in Virginia, visit Rocky Knob and Mabry Mill. Follow a short trail to view the original gristmill, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. One can also take a hike into Rock castle Gorge before continuing north on the parkway.
End the day in Roanoke. After checking in to the hotel visit The Historic Farmer’s Market. Today the Market includes unique shopping, locally-grown produce, art galleries, art studios, country stores, restaurants, museums, coffee shops and a Visitor Center.
DAY 8 Roanoke-Charlottesville (121 mi/ 195 km)
Tour some of Roanoke’s highlights this morning. Roanoke is one of a very few cities to have a mountain peak within its city limits. Here one will find The Roanoke Star, a historic landmark built in 1949. The Roanoke Star shines out over the Valley and offers a breathtaking view of the city.
Learn about the Valley’s rich railroad history at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. The Museum is home to the largest collection of diesel and steam locomotives in the United States, including the Class J No. 611 steam engine, with over 40 pieces of rolling stock in the Museum yard.
Then continue to Charlottesville. This afternoon, tour Ash Lawn-Highland, the 550-acre estate, home and gardens of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States.
DAY 9 Charlottesville
Visit Monticello, the Rotunda and grounds of the University of Virginia.
Monticello is Thomas Jefferson's architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home. Guided tours of the house are offered daily throughout the year; along with the outdoor gardens and plantation. The original Grounds of the University, including the Rotunda and the Lawn, were designed by Jefferson to be what he called an "Academicals Village." The Rotunda, a half-scale interpretation of the Pantheon in Rome, is the signature landmark of the University.
Both sites were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1987. Be sure to have a meal at historic MICHIE TAVERN. It accommodated travellers more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life. Servers in period attire offer bountiful colonial midday fare.
DAY 10 Charlottesville-Washington, D.C. (116 mi/ 187 km)
This morning drive to Washington, D.C. and take an orientation tour to see sites such as Capitol Hill, Library of Congress, Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, and Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials. The evening, explore Dupont Circle. Bistros, bars and boutiques line the streets in this cosmopolitan neighbourhood surrounded by D.C.’s international embassies.
DAY 11 Washington, D.C.
This morning visit some of the 19 museums that are part of the Smithsonian Institute. At the Natural History Museum one will see exhibitions on earliest human origins; development of world cultures, and the Hope Diamond. At the Air and Space Museum there are twenty-three galleries exhibiting hundreds of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and other flight-related artefacts including the 1903 Wright Flyer, Spirit of St. Louis, Spaceship One, Apollo 11 command module, and the Hubble Space Telescope test vehicle.
This afternoon tour Arlington National Cemetery and visit the graves of historical figures, prominent explorers, and noted casualties of war and Presidents of the United States including the gravesite of John F. Kennedy.
This evening, dine in the funky Adams Morgan neighbourhood or take in a show at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
DAY 12 Washington, D.C.
Before departing take some time this morning to stroll around one of D.C.’s historic neighbourhoods such as Georgetown or Capitol Hill.
Georgetown is an affluent section of the city filled with luxury retail shops and restaurants. Capitol Hill is not only a large residential community but the location of many of the city’s landmarks such as the United States Capitol, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court building.