If you’re up for a whirlwind American adventure with the best experiences across the South and the East states, we’ve got you covered! Over 9 days you’ll enjoy the southern hospitality of Nashville, lose yourself in the sweet and soulful Blues sounds of Memphis and gaze at the White House and Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Check off these major must-see locations, with some epic roadside stop-offs along the way. This adventure wraps up in the urban jungle of the Big Apple, so get out there and take a bite!
Climb aboard and make yourself comfortable, it’s time to kick-start the adventure and make our departure from New Orleans! We get on the road early this morning and start our journey through the heartland of blues and soul music, through Mississippi and into Tennessee. Our destination of Memphis is not only steeped full of blues history, but also the birthplace of rock & roll and the American Civil Rights Movement. On arrival we have a city tour to get you orientated with the main sights – we’ll pass by the Blues Hall of Fame, National Civil Rights Museum, Orpheum Theatre, Mud Island and the Rock N’ Soul Museum to name a few! Tonight we’ll head out to Beale Street, famous for its history with B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Louis Armstrong all having played on the street. Now the area hosts bars, restaurants and shops to explore.
Spend today however you wish, with a free day in Memphis! Why not join us for an optional excursion to the home of the king himself, Elvis Presley? You’ll get an intimate look at his 14-acre mansion (including a guitar-shaped swimming pool!). This impressive tour provides insight into the life of the legend, and also happens to be where he was buried. If Elvis doesn’t pique your interest, then a trip to the birthplace of Rock N’ Roll might! Sun Studios has had numerous famous names record there, including Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Elvis and U2. If you feel like getting out and stretching those legs then head to Mud Island and enjoy its River Walk, which is a miniature recreation of the Mississippi River. If you’re a history buff, you should check out the Cotton Museum and learn more about Tennessee. Tonight we’re hitting the town and heading back to Beale Street to make the most of the incredible Blues performances!
We hit the road this morning and make our way to another city of musical heritage today, Nashville! Settle in for the drive, as we pass by Jackson (the place Johnny Cash sang about) before arriving in Nashville, the home of country music. The city is also known for its amazing Southern food, with spicy hot chicken being the local specialty. You’ll have the opportunity to try it later, when we go to the Wildhorse Saloon. This massive venue is spread over three floors, acting as a restaurant, bar, dance floor and concert venue. Join in on the free line dancing lessons and show us what you got!
Set your alarm to hop out of bed bright and early and make the most of your day in Nashville. A tonne of experiences await you, so explore the quintessential attractions and get busy sightseeing. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the ancient Pantheon, RCA Studios, the Johnny Cash Museum, and The Grand Ole Opry (which made country music famous) are all great options to check out. For a breathtaking view of the Nashville skyline, head to the John Seigenthaler Bridge - one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world! Tonight we’re going to visit Broadway, the lively main street downtown. There are tonnes of honky-tonks lining the streets, making bar-hopping easy; just watch out for all the horse-drawn carriages. Grab some tasty local food while listening to the hum of the crowds and music of the street performers.
Today we bid farewell to Nashville, and climb aboard our trusty coach for an early departure. We’ll be heading into North Carolina (don’t forget to wind your clocks forward an hour!) towards our destination of Asheville - the Paris of the South. We’ll have a stop on the way for you to stretch your legs at the Knoxville Sunsphere, where you can check out 360 degree panoramic views from the observation deck. Once you’ve taken your snaps for the ‘gram, we’ll continue our drive to Asheville. Once there, we will embark on a walking tour of downtown where we’ll follow the sculptural urban trail, which honours the people and communities who helped shape Asheville into the city it is today. For sunset, we’ll head to a rooftop bar to see why the locals call this place “The Land of Skies”, you won’t forget the incredible view of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains! Later we’ll grab some dinner, and see where the night takes us.
The day is yours! Get out there and explore the town Barack Obama said he would retire to. Take a tour of Biltmore Estate, the huge French style Chateau that featured in the movie Richie Rich! You can even visit the winery here for free tastings. Or head to the River Arts district, with its endless array of galleries, murals and street buskers to keep you entertained. For beer lovers, you’ll going to be very happy in this city; Asheville is the home to 30 different craft beer breweries, all within walking distance in the South Slope Brewery zone. If you’re up for it, try one of the beer-flavoured donuts from Vortex Donuts! Tonight head to one of the many barbeque restaurants and chow down on the local grub, while debriefing with your travel comrades about your adventure so far.
If you had a big night last night, you’ll be thankful you can catch up on some sleep today on the coach. Settle in and get comfy, as we depart Asheville and make tracks towards Washington DC. We’ll make our arrival into the capital around in the afternoon, and give you a driving tour around the city to help you get your bearings. We’ll pass the major landmarks you’ve been waiting to see, to get an idea of what you want to explore further tomorrow. Later we’ll get the group together and take the coach over to the Virginia side to see the famous Iwo Jima memorials. This spot will also give us excellent views back over the city as the sun sets. After we’ve taken it all in, it’s time to get dropped off at a restaurant for dinner before heading out for drinks.
This morning we have an included bike tour to see the best attractions and monuments in the city. We’ll visit the White House, Capitol Building, and the Washington and Lincoln Memorials to name a few! The tour lasts about 3 hours, so you have the afternoon to explore further. We recommend visiting the Smithsonian Museums, which include The National Gallery of Art, The National Museum of American History, The National Air and Space Museum and many more – all with free entry. Tours of the Capitol Building are also worthwhile, or a trip to the International Spy Museum if the world of espionage interests you! For shopping, head to the Georgetown area. This evening we’ll find a good spot to enjoy happy hour and let the good times roll.
The final day of our adventure has arrived, so let’s make the most of it! We’ve still got ground left to cover and a lot of sights left to see on our last leg of the journey, so don’t start thinking about home just yet. We’ll depart Washington DC and drive to Philadelphia. This city played an important role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the founding fathers of the United States. We’ll check out the Liberty Bell, visit the famous steps from Rocky, see some of the vivid street art, and try a local favourite - Philly cheese steak! We’ll hop back on the coach and make our way to our final stop, New York. After arriving it’s time to say farewell to your travel buddies. We’re sure you’ve made some incredible memories as well as some lasting friendships over our time together. We hope to see you again soon!
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Trip Name: Southern Blues Adventure
Duration: 9 Days
From Price: $1,539
Supplier Tour ID: UT3/250998
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