USA Southeast Tours & Vacation Packages 2023/2024
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One of the fun ways to see the Old South in the USA is to go on a tour – a planned trip itinerary that will allow you to see some great sights and cities in the Southeast U.S. Three of the prominent southeastern cities to visit on this excursion include Atlanta, Charleston, and Savannah. These cities give you a chance to explore the Southeast historically and culturally. A tour of this type often begins and ends in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, also known as the "Peach State." Historically, Atlanta is important, as it played a major role in the Civil War. Atlanta's downtown is also home to the massive Georgia Aquarium. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your USA Southeast tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters.USA Southeast Travel Guide
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USA Southeast Travel Guide
USA Southeast Tours Highlights
- Begin your journey in Atlanta, where you will instantly experience the vibrancy of the South.
- Visit St. Simons Island and explore its unspoiled beauty and charming neighborhoods.
- Take a tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park, and learn more about the Civil Rights leader.
- Stop in at Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens in Charleston – the most photographed plantation in the U.S.
- Escape to the Roaring 20s at the American Prohibition Museum in Savannah.
- Attend a special luncheon so you can learn more about the rich history of the South.
- Take a horse-drawn carriage in scenic Beaufort, Georgia.
- Sightsee by trolley on Jekyll Island.
- Immerse yourself in the Southern atmosphere of Pittypat's Porch, an Atlanta restaurant known for its traditional southern cuisine.
- Have lunch at the prestigious Jekyll Island Club, once a retreat for some of the wealthiest families in the U.S., including the Rockefellers, Morgans, and Vanderbilts.
USA Southeast Tours Travel Tips
- The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta is a huge airport, so you need to make sure you have plenty of time to navigate the facility. Arrive early so you can get acclimated to your new surroundings and find your way around.
- Make sure you have your identification in easy reach.
- Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with your family members or friends in case of an emergency, or if they need to contact you.
- Don't book a tour in August, when the heat can be oppressive, forcing you to make mad dashes between your air-conditioned bus and each attraction.
- Both spring and fall are good times to travel. If you go in the spring, you can see the dogwoods and azaleas in bloom.
- In Atlanta, the Krog Street Market is a pleasant stop for lunch.
- You might want to book a trip in May when Atlanta holds its jazz festival.
USA Southeast Tours Things To Do
- Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park – Atlanta
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park is made up of several buildings. The park features Martin Luther King Jr.'s boyhood home as well as the Ebenezer Church, where he and his father were pastors and King was baptized.
Best Time To VisitVisit the park in the spring or fall when the weather is pleasanter and the tour prices reduced.
You Should KnowMartin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in a home he shared with this parents and grandparents. He lived in the house until he was 12 years old and remained in Atlanta until his graduation from Morehouse College. The historic park is also where you can see Mr. King's final resting place.
- The World of Coca-Cola Museum – Atlanta
The World of Coca-Cola showcases the history of one of the world's greatest soft drinks. Open on May 24, 2007, the new museum was relocated to replace the original exhibit, established in 1990 in Underground Atlanta. The iconic beverage made its debut in 1886.
Best Time to VisitCheck out the museum in the fall or spring when there are fewer crowds.
You Should KnowDr. John S. Pemberton, who was a Civil War Calvary commander and pharmacist, first sold Coca-Cola has a health tonic, naming it Pemberton's French Wine Cola. With the onset of Prohibition, Pemberton changed his "health tonic" to a drink made of coca-leaf extract, flavoring oils, sugar syrup, and kola nut extract. The new concoction was named Coca-Cola. Pemberton stirred the first batch with a large oar, as it cooked in an iron pot.
- Georgia Aquarium Atlanta
The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the U.S. and the second-largest aquarium, second to the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China, in the world. More than 500 species are displayed in tanks that hold 10 million gallons of freshwater and saltwater.
Best Time To VisitVisit the aquarium during the week, as it gets quite busy during the weekend.
You Should KnowWith 120,000 sea animals on display, you cannot find a better place to see marine life up-close. The aquarium is home to whale sharks, belugas, penguins, and puffins.
- Atlanta Botanical Garden
Featuring 30 acres of beautiful botanical plants and blooms, the Atlanta Botanical Garden sits next to Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta. If you love gardening or flowers, this Atlanta site is a must-see attraction.
Best Time To VisitVisit the attraction in the spring when the buds begin to blossom and the weather and temperatures are milder. You might also pay a visit on Thursday evening from May to October. The garden features cocktails as well as a lovely view of the Atlanta skyline. Botanical garden members can only enter the site on Mondays.
You Should KnowThe attraction features one million holiday lights during Holiday Nights at Christmas. You can learn about honeybees at the park's observation hive and see Venus flytraps at the attraction's Soggy Bog.
- St. Simons Island
Located off the coast of Georgia, St. Simons features stretches of sand and salt marshes. Visit the island's museum which reviews how the St. Simons Lighthouse was established. The structure was rebuilt in 1872 after being destroyed during the Civil War.
Best Time To VisitChoose to see the site when it is cooler, or during the spring or fall.
You Should KnowNearby Little St. Simons Island is a birder's paradise – home to sea birds, such as gannets and spoonbills. If you like to fish, cast your line at St. Simons Pier, which is also a good spot to whale watch
- Jekyll Island
Located off the Georgia Coast, Jekyll Island is owned by the state of Georgia. One of the Sea Islands, Jekyll Island is operated under a self-governing body. Its historical significance goes back to 1733 when it was established.
Best Time To VisitThe island is a great place to enjoy beach activities in the summer, especially in June and July. Its Summer Waves Water Park is the ideal place to keep cool off on a family vacation.
You Should KnowIn 1733, General James Oglethorpe settled and established the colony of Georgia, naming Jekyll Island to commemorate his friend, Sir Joseph Jekyll from England. Later, in 1747, Jekyll Island became the location of Georgia's first brewery after William Horton bought a large copper pot to brew beer.
- Boone Hall, Middleton Place, and Magnolia Plantations
If you want to see plantations, a trip to Charleston, South Carolina will allow you to explore the grounds of several plantation homes. The most photographed plantation is Boone Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the most important buildings on the plantation include the slave cabins, built between 1790 and 1810.
Best Time To VisitVisit South Carolina plantations when the dogwoods are in bloom – a fitting time to see the south and its historic homes.
You Should KnowIn Charleston, most tours will take you to the best-known plantation, or Boone Hall. However, if you wish to see beautiful old-time landscaped gardens and grounds, you may want to take a side trip on your own to Middleton Place. You can also see a diverse selection of wildlife at Magnolia Plantation. Other Charleston plantations of note include Drayton Hall, Hampton Plantation (a good place to have a picnic), and the Charleston Tea Plantation.
- Beaufort, South Carolina
A must-see city on any tour of the U.S. Southeast is Beaufort, South Carolina. Located on one of South Carolina's Sea Islands or Port Royal Island, Beaufort features antebellum mansions and is home to Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, which lies next to the Beaufort River.
Best Time To VisitThe beauty of the south shines through in the spring when the dogwood blooms and mild temperatures make sight-seeing enjoyable and memorable.
You Should KnowThe Mark Verdier House Museum showcases a Federal-style architectural design, popular during the early part of the nineteenth century. Established in 1711, Beaufort has been the movie location for films, such as Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, and The Prince of Tides.
- American Prohibition Museum – Savannah, Georgia
Located at the City Market in Savannah, Georgia, the American Prohibition Museum provides a unique escape to the 1920's in the U.S. Displays showcases the American ban on alcohol from 1920 to 1933. The building also features a replica of a speak-easy from that time period. Drinks are served at the "establishment."
Best Time To VisitYou can visit the museum 364 days per year from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Choose weekdays over the weekend, as the crowds are fewer during the week.
You Should KnowThe museum features exhibits that tell stories about Prohibition gangsters, such as Scarface and Al Capone. Confiscated mob paraphernalia is part of the museum's 200+ artifacts. The Congress Street Up Speakeasy at the museum is one of Savannah's hottest bars. Savannah, itself, was once called the Bootleg Spigot of the South.
USA Southeast Tour Packages
Most travelers embark on a tour of the Southeast when the weather is moderately mild and pleasant. Therefore, planning a tour in the spring or fall is a good idea. Not only are the tour prices lower, the temperatures average, during the day, around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do go during the shoulder seasons of spring or fall, you can see the sights with less distraction, as the crowds are fewer and the weather more inviting.
If you want to plan a family vacation, you probably would be better off taking a Southeast USA tour during the month of June. Temperatures can climb to oppressive levels later, especially in August, when the weather is downright stifling.
If you would like to see the Southeast USA during the holidays, you might want to plan a trip during the Christmas season. Not only can you see quaint towns and sparkling holiday decorations, you can also see the glow of thousands of holiday lights – a festive time to travel and enjoy the Southeast.
USA Southeast Tours Frequently Asked Questions
- What are Southeast USA Tours?
If your goal is to travel through the Southeast USA, tours normally last about 13 days, and begin and end in Atlanta. While some tours veer off from the Atlantic Coast, such as tours to Nashville, Tupelo, Mississippi, and Memphis, Southeast attractions, or those along the Atlantic or in the general area, include cities, such as Atlanta, Savannah, Beaufort, and Charleston, South Carolina. The three main islands included on the itinerary include St. Simons Island, Port Royal Island, and Jekyll Island.
- What’s Included in a Southeast USA Tour?
Southeast USA tours include accommodations, the price for admission to attractions, airport transfers, and some meals. Tour guides also accompany both private and group tours. Plan to stay active, as daily excursions are featured on all Southeast USA tour schedules.
- What’s the Best Southeast USA Tour?
The best Southeast tour is designed with your budget, trip preferences, and available travel time in mind. A number of Southeast tour providers feature journeys in the Southeast US. One of the main Southeast USA tour companies is Globus.
- How Much Do Southeast USA Tours Cost?
If you plan a trip of 13 days, your tour cost per person, for an all-inclusive travel package, is around $2,200. What you pay will depend on the time of year you go, the amenities, and the length of the trip.
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