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Fly south to the land of bluegrass, bourbon, and BBQ

For a taste of true American flavor, fly south. Down here, where magnolias bloom and lightning bugs flicker, you’ll find places at once familiar and exotic—like the honkytonks of Nashville, the Caribbean-Creole cultures of New Orleans, and the rolling hills and limestone springs of central Kentucky, home to the fast horses and smooth-sippin’ whiskey that made this region famous.

On this ten-day fall foliage aviation tour, you’ll see southern forests in their full glory—and at every stop, you’ll bask in the glow of hospitality that’s second to none.

What’s so special about this tour?

  • Wing your way over the mighty Mississippi, Kentucky’s bluegrass country, and the rugged Ozark mountains during the peak of fall colors.
  • Hear live bluegrass at the Station Inn, a Nashville institution where the pickin’ gets so hot, guitar strings are said to smoke.
  • Shop Nashville’s 2nd Avenue for country-and-western fashions both outrageous and refined.
  • Enjoy a café au lait and beignet at Café du Monde in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
  • Tour the kitsch paradise of Graceland—and Sun Studio, too, where Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats (with Ike Turner on piano) recorded “Rocket 88,” the very first rock-and-roll single.
  • Worship in various temples of southern BBQ, where the smoke-line runs deep and where arguments over sauce style—wet, dry, tomato, vinegar—will never, ever end.
  • Learn fly-fishing from experts in the Arkansas Ozarks, and then try to hook your lunch in the gin-clear waters of the White River.
  • Catch the famous “throwed roll” at Lambert’s Café in Sikeston, Missouri, a top “$100 hamburger” destination, where you come in a stranger and leave a friend.
  • Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, starting with the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and proceeding to small tours at Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, and Heaven Hill, complete with samples—and plenty of time between bottle and throttle.