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Kentucky Country Flow Fly Drive Holiday

15 nights

Follow the flow of the great rivers of the South past the rolling blue grass hills of Kentucky into the music cities of Memphis and Nashville. Taste the bourbon, see the horses, listen to the music, visit the studios and explore the Appalachian Mountains.  All is possible on this fly-drive holiday through the American South. There is so much to see and learn from the American Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement to the movement of slaves; enjoy the glorious countryside of Kentucky intermingled with the bars and restaurants of Tennessee.

Book this holiday by January 31, 2019 and receive free* GPS hire.

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The Breakdown

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Day 1

Covington

Fly into Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky airport, collect your rental car and drive the 14 miles t...

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Covington

The banks of the Ohio River meant freedom to hundreds of slaves. Visit the National Underground R...

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Day 3

Covington to Louisville

Depart Covington and head south toward Louisville known for its multimillion-dollar Kentucky Derb...

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Day 4

Louisville to Pleasant Hill

Today your drive takes you to the heart of Kentucky horse country, Lexington, before spending the...

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Day 5

Pleasant Hill to Bowling Green

Today you will drive part of the Bluegrass Parkway, through Bardstown (voted America’s most...

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Day 6

Bowling Green to Paducah

The world’s 7th City of Crafts and Folk Art in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Paducah,...

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Day 7

Paducah to Memphis

Leave the Ohio River which has been your companion for much of the journey so far and join the mi...

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Day 10

Memphis to Nashville

Leave Memphis making your way east through the cotton fields to Nashville. You might like to stop...

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Day 12

Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains

Continue to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited, and stretching...

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Day 14

Great Smoky Mountains to Chattanooga

Drive south from the Smokies to Chattanooga and you are travelling through the ancient homeland a...

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Day 16

Chattanooga to Atlanta

Once in Atlanta you can either drop your car at the airport or fly home, but Frontier America wou...

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Day 1

Covington

Fly into Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky airport, collect your rental car and drive the 14 miles to Covington on the Ohio River for your first night in Kentucky. Enjoy a stroll through the historic centre before finding a good dinner and a well-earned night’s sleep.
2 nights Covington

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Day 2

Covington

The banks of the Ohio River meant freedom to hundreds of slaves. Visit the National Underground Railroad Center which shows three centuries of slavery from its introduction into the Americas to its abolition at the end of the American Civil War.

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Day 3

Covington to Louisville

Depart Covington and head south toward Louisville known for its multimillion-dollar Kentucky Derby held each May at Churchill Downs. Downtown Louisville rolls gently down towards Main Street then abruptly lunges down to the river where the historic Belle of Louisville leaves for daily sightseeing cruises. Don’t miss the Slugger Museum and Factory and be sure to sample the Urban Bourbon Trail along Whiskey Row and around town. Louisville was also the home of the great boxer Muhammad Ali; be sure to visit the centre dedicated to him.
1 night Louisville

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Day 4

Louisville to Pleasant Hill

Today your drive takes you to the heart of Kentucky horse country, Lexington, before spending the night at a historic Shaker community. If you are in Lexington in April or October make an afternoon of racing at Keeneland Race Course, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill is home to an impressive collection of Shaker architecture, furniture, artefacts and historians. With 34 Shaker structures, built from 1809 to 1875, the site is the country’s largest private collection of original 19th century buildings. You can either stay here, named as a top hidden travel destination by the BBC, in one of the hotels in Lexington or at the Charred Oaks Inn on the outskirts of the town.
1 night in Pleasant Hill or Lexington

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Day 5

Pleasant Hill to Bowling Green

Today you will drive part of the Bluegrass Parkway, through Bardstown (voted America’s most beautiful small town by USA today), towards Bowling Green. You will want to stop at the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center, and the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville before you get to today’s highlight which will be Mammoth Cave National Park.

The iconic Corvette has been assembled by General Motors at Bowling Green since 1981; you can take a fascinating guided tour of the factory where they still make 137 cars per day. 
1 night in Bowling Green

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Day 6

Bowling Green to Paducah

The world’s 7th City of Crafts and Folk Art in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Paducah, at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee River, is home to the National Quilt Museum, the Lower Town Arts District and 50 life-sized panoramic floodwall murals. Overnight at The 1857 Boutique Hotel in the centre of the historic district.

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Day 7

Paducah to Memphis

Leave the Ohio River which has been your companion for much of the journey so far and join the mighty Mississippi as you journey to Memphis, renowned as the Home of the Blues and Birthplace of Rock’n’Roll. Travellers flock from all over the world to view the famous Sun Studio and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music as well as the Smithsonian’s Rock’n’Soul Museum and the Gibson Guitar Factory. You can discover African-American history at Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum and explore the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. You cannot mention Memphis without thinking of Elvis who made his home at Graceland on the outskirts of the city.  You can stay there or downtown.
3 nights Memphis

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Day 10

Memphis to Nashville

Leave Memphis making your way east through the cotton fields to Nashville. You might like to stop for lunch to sample the Southern delicacies served at The Old Country Store at the Casey Jones Village in Jackson.
Nashville may be best known for its country roots, but it is also home to a diverse mix of musicians (Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, Jack White) and a variety of music (rock, Americana, bluegrass, blues, gospel) as well as the largest song writing community in the world.
2 nights Nashville

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Day 12

Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains

Continue to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited, and stretching for half-a-million acres across Tennessee and North Carolina. Hike, cycle, horse-back ride, drive or rent a motorbike and explore the scenic roads. The nearby towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Townsend offer a wide array of activities from to mini Nascar racing to zip-lining. Make time for the extraordinary Titanic Museum and the excellent outlet shopping.

Also in the area is Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park spans 150 acres and celebrates the heritage and people of the East Tennessee region popularised by the entertainment legend in her songs.
2 nights in the Smokies

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Day 14

Great Smoky Mountains to Chattanooga

Drive south from the Smokies to Chattanooga and you are travelling through the ancient homeland and territory of the Cherokee Indians. Chattanooga is nestled along the beautiful Tennessee River and surrounded by spectacular mountains.  You will need a couple of days to explore Lookout Mountain which boasts the steepest incline railway in the world, the excellent aquarium, the underground Ruby Falls and the American Civil War Battlefield at Point Park.
2 nights at Chattanooga

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Day 16

Chattanooga to Atlanta

Once in Atlanta you can either drop your car at the airport or fly home, but Frontier America would certainly recommend you spend a couple of nights in the city.

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