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New Orleans to Chicago Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Road trip from New Orleans to Chicago, visiting Memphis and Nashville.
Dial up a bit of Dixie and get ready to launch from the fertile Mississippi Delta to the Great Lakes of Chicago. Cut through the heart of this vast land and get accustomed to Southern life, following the winding river to the musical meccas of Memphis and Nashville. Cross into Kentucky for a dose of bourbon history in Louisville before winding things up among the skyscrapers of Chicago, the USA's largest city. For a new spin on an old favourite, the New Orleans to Chicago adventure is a great alternative to the tourist-heavy coasts, offering a chance to explore the giant interior of the USA.
What's included in this trip
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Founded by French traders in 1718, New Orleans has many layers of history to uncover. Begin with an optional walking tour of the French Quarter before tucking into some Creole cuisine or hitting the bars of Bourbon Street.
Enjoy a tour of Sun Studios in Memphis, a place that many consider to be the home of rock'n'roll. There's also the opportunity to visit Graceland or catch a live blues show in this music Mecca.
Get ready for some more music in the country-rock town of Nashville. Take a stroll down Music Row, where more than 50 record studios and 200 music publishing houses are located, and stop by the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Cruise to Louisville, home of the the Kentucky Derby, the largest collection of Victorian-era homes and, to top it all off, the final resting place of Colonel Sanders. Perhaps take some time out to follow the Bourbon Trail, learning about the history of the beverage, or sample the cuisine of Louisville's up-and-coming food scene.
End the adventure on the shores of the Great Lakes and among the towering skyscrapers of Chicago. Enjoy free time to tackle the many walking trails and parks, head out for some deep-dish pizza or get a bird's-eye view from Willis Tower – the tallest building in the United States.
New Orleans to Chicago Reviews
Our New Orleans to Chicago trips score an average of 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.
New Orleans to Chicago, June 2014
I think Darin is a good guy, but compared to my further intrepid tour guides he was not really committed. We just saw him on travel days in the bus. He didn't join dinner with us or tried to bring the group together. He sent us emails instead of meeting with us in person, really sad.
Review submitted 26/06/2014
New Orleans to Chicago, March 2014
I had a really great time. I enjoyed the people I was with, the things I saw, experiences I had. A very good tour. Graeme was/is a totally excellent leader. He is very personable, gets on with everyone. He reads the group very well, and having managed groups myself for years, I was able to see that he brought a great deal of experience and intelligence to this process. He was also expertly equipped with a vast knowledge of America and its many cities. He had answers to all our many questions (sometimes he had to get back to us with the answers, but there was always an answer). He had his finger on the pulse of where to find the best food (both fine dining and cheaper alternatives). He introduced us to each city's 'local' speciality and places where we had more nights he found good restaurants to provide variety. I am a music fan and was very appreciative of his wide knowledge of where to go to hear the best music each place had to offer – especially important on this very musical tour with its music cities. Graeme was very good at 'orienting' us to a place. He would provide maps and a general run down of how to get around, what to see etc, for each place. He also usually did a bit of walking tour when we would get to a city, which was orienting in its own right. He dealt really efficiently with all hotel check ins, most of which were complicated. Graeme is mostly unflapable. I only saw him flustered a couple of times in 20 days. That's pretty impressive. His even temperament is perfect for this role.
Review submitted 15/04/2014
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