Day 1 New York
This tour will begin in New York City after guests have met at the specified departure location. We will begin with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm to go over the next few days. Guests will be able to find out the location of the meeting from the hotel's reception desk. If they will be late, guests are asked to please notify the desk.
Day 2 New York - Washington DC (235 miles)
Today, we will drive south towards Washington, D.C., the capital of the U.S. On the way, we will stop in Philadelphia, where we will be able to spend some free time exploring this city. When we arrive in Washington, we will also be able to explore at our own leisure before meeting up with the guide in the evening for a Monuments by Night Urban Adventure. On this, we will board an open-air vehicle that will drive us past some of the city's most iconic sights, like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial, which all look spectacular when illuminated at night.
Day 3 Washington D.C.
We will have today free to explore Washington, D.C. at our own leisure. There is no shortage of places we can go, including the White House, the National Museum of Natural History, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and more!
Day 4 Washington D.C. - Appalachian Mountains (98 miles)
Today, we will journey into the breathtaking scenery of the Appalachian Mountains. The section we will be in is called the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it is among these peaks that we will find Shenandoah National Park, one of the highest and most scenic sections of these mountains. Taking the Skyline Drive along the crest of the peals, we will travel through deep woods, passing spectacular vistas. We will stop briefly to stretch our legs under impressive oak trees and admire the gorgeous views. In the afternoon, we will drive to our campsite for the night.
Day 5 Appalachian Mountains - Nashville (550 miles)
Today we will drive further south until we reach Nashville, Tennessee. Once we get settle in, we can visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, which contains the golden Cadillac that once belonged to Elvis Presley. Another point of interest is Music Row, where more than 50 recording studios and approximately 200 music publishing houses are located. The Wildhorse Saloon is a great spot to enjoy authentic southern food and live music in the evening.
Day 6 Nashville - Memphis (196 miles)
Today, we will head west to Memphis. Just outside of the city, we will be able to visit Graceland, the former home and burial site of Elvis Presley. Here, we will be able to see his cars, private planes, and more. In the evening, we should consider checking out the traditional blues clubs on Beale Street, made famous by legendary musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King. For those of us with an interest in history, we can visit the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated. If we have time, we can visit the Sun Studio, often regarded as the "Birthplace of Rock." It boasts the first recordings of legendary performers like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Day 7 Memphis - New Orleans (395 miles)
Today, we will make the long drive across the state of Mississippi until we reach New Orleans. After checking into our hotel in the French Quarter, we will have some free time to get to know the "Big Easy." In this city, we will find an eclectic mix of European, Creole, and Cajun cultures manifest in the city?s architecture, cuisine, and music. We should be sure to take a walk down rowdy Bourbon Street or through the former plantation area of the Garden District. In the evening, we can convene as a group to toast the end of our journey over a delicious Cajun-style dinner.