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Road Trip in Style

Article by Brianna Melanson

Photography by Beth Miller

Originally published in Franklin Lifestyle

They say it’s the journey, not the destination, but Premiere Transportation will help you enjoy both. Premiere has been in the Franklin area for over 20 years and owns the nation’s largest fleet of luxury coaches. Their 10 extraordinary coaches are named after U.S. presidents, like Eisenhower and Kennedy, because they are often used for political campaigns. But they’re also perfect for short-term travel like family vacations, birthday celebrations, or tailgating at a sporting

Owner Ken Fitzpatrick says, “These are such unusual vehicles that are available to the local area and not most cities.” Premiere gives the opportunity to explore new places and have fun with your friends and family in an upscale, yet approachable way. He adds, “When you put 15 to 20 people on a bus, the price breaks down nicely per person.”

Similar to booking a limo or car service, you decide when and where you’d like to go in advance. If your group wants to golf three-four courses one weekend and you don’t want to bring multiple cars, let alone drive after a long day of golfing, Premiere will get you there and back safely. Every reservation includes a professional CDL driver who can drive you to your hotels or destinations up to 12 hours a day.

Based on availability, you can choose which coach to ride in, but they all have the same luxuries. Every bus has flat screen TVs with DirecTV, stereo systems and DVD players, leather seats, granite countertops, an upscale bathroom, privacy doors, and more. The interiors are so lovely, many bridal parties have used them as a place to get ready and take photos. Each bus has character and a story behind them. Fitzpatrick explains, “Half the fleet started in the concert touring world. So we had them remodeled to remove the bunks and bedrooms. They have custom build-outs and features to make them perfectly comfortable.”  You won’t be asking if you’re there yet with such an entertaining and relaxing ride.

You could be traveling in a coach that hosted stars like Aretha Franklin, Sir Paul McCarthy, Alan Jackson, Peyton Manning, and even royal families. Everyone gets the celebrity treatment with Premiere.

Weekend Trip Ideas

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail
The Bluegrass State is the home of 41 distilleries. Learn the craftsmanship and history behind this American spirit while sampling the most exquisite bourbons in the world.

Memphis in May
Celebrate Memphis culture and create memories at the Beale Street Music Festival or World Championship Barbecue Cooking contest.

Tennessee Winery Tour

Gather your best friends to visit some of the most gorgeous, quality wineries in the state such as Arrington Vineyards, Crown Winery, and White Squirrel Winery.

Churchill Downs or Keeneland
Don your wide-brimmed hats and dapper gingham suits, all while sipping a mint julep, of course. This top-ranked horse racing is an iconic southern tradition whether you attend Derby week or not.

  • Owner Ken Fitzpatrick