Road Trip of American Literary Visionaries and American Icons

This itinerary is a 10-day trip through American’s Southern states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. Featured stops include the homes of some of America’s literary visionaries; Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Margaret Mitchel. Other stops feature musical and entertainment icons; Elvis Presley’s Graceland, The Grand Ole Opry, Patsy Cline & Johnny Cash Museum, the Andy Griffith Playhouse & Museum and the famous Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Historical sites included Biltmore, President Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, President James K. Polk Home and The Carter Center.

Biltmore, Asheville, NC
America’s largest home, built by George Vanderbilt. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial, Asheville, NC
The Thomas Wolfe House, also known as the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, is a state historic site, historic house and museum located in downtown Asheville, NC.

The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN
The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country-music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, which was founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio “barn dance” on WSM.

Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Museum, Nashville, TN
The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, TN, tribute to The Man in Black. The Patsy Cline Museum is upstairs.

The Hermitage – Home of President Andrew Jackson, Nashville, TN

President James K. Polk Home, Columbia, TN
The 11th President of the United States. James K. Polk expanded the borders of the United States to the Pacific Ocean, added three states to the Union, started the Naval Academy, commissioned the Washington Monument, and issued the first postage stamp.

Graceland, Memphis, TN
The Home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee

Beale Street, Memphis, TN
Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, which runs from the Mississippi River to East Street, a distance of approximately 1.8 miles. It is a significant location in the city’s history, as well as in the history of the blues.

Rowan Oak – William Faulkner’s House, Oxford, MS
Home to William Faulkner and his family for over 40 years, Rowan Oak was originally built in 1844, and stands on over 29 acres of land just south of the Square in Oxford, MS.

Eudora Welty House, Jackson, MS
The home of internationally acclaimed author Eudora Welty from 1925 until her death in 2001. She wrote almost all of her fiction and essays in this house.

Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA
The Margaret Mitchell House is a historic house museum located in Atlanta, Georgia. The structure was the home of author Margaret Mitchell.

The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA
The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering.

The Andy Griffith Playhouse and The Andy Griffith Museum, Mount Airy, NC
Andy Griffith attended elementary school and performed on stage when the site was known as the Rockford Street Elementary School. The Playhouse was named after Andy Griffith in the early 1970s.

The Andy Griffith Museum is a place both for learning about and celebrating Andy Griffith, who was born in Mount Airy in 1926. Home of the single largest collection of artifacts and memorabilia related to Andy Griffith, the museum features hundreds of items from Andy’s life and his career in theater, film, and music. The museum features the “Andy & Opie” Landmark Statue.