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America Unveiled Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Explore the USA from New York to Memphis to Chicago
Soak up the sights and sounds of the USA on a tour of some of its most diverse and vibrant cities. This trip takes you from shimmering New York down along the east coast into Dixie, then to the Midwest. Along the way, discover a vibrant array of urban cultures, from the jazzy, multicultural fusion of New Orleans to the rock 'n' roll mecca of Memphis to the lakes and skyscrapers of Chicago. Get up close with American history at the many monuments, museums and historical sites, and indulge in a feast of delicious local cuisine at each stop.
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You’ve dreamed about it, seen it in movies and probably already know that iconic skyline like the back of your hand. But really, nothing can ever prepare you for the moment you step foot in Manhattan, a city that feels like it is well and truly at the centre of the universe. Take in all the must-see sites or head off to explore some of the quirky, lesser-known neighbourhoods – it’s up to you.
Come for the Rocky Steps, stay for the history – Philadelphia rocks. Take some time to get acquainted with ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ before enjoying a walking tour of its historic sites, including the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin’s house and Independence Hall.
Swap the former capital for the current one and be amazed by the sheer amount of things to see and do among the whitewashed monuments of Washington, DC. Head out on foot and feel like you’re walking through the set of a political drama, taking in the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the many museums in between.
Queen City, as it’s known, is a sprawling, financial centre, which has got everything from a thriving food scene to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Take the opportunity to try some traditional Southern cuisine with a bike ride through some of the city’s tastiest neighbourhoods.
Often referred to as the ‘New York of the South’, Atlanta is big city with a wide range of parks, museums, restaurants and bars to explore. Enjoy some free time to check out the World of Coca Cola, CNN Center, the Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site, and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
Hop aboard a train and head further into Dixie, arriving in Birmingham just in time to check out one of the centres of the Civil Rights Movement.
Take stock of the ‘Big Easy’, a jazzy, multicultural city that is pretty hard to pin down in one sentence. From the European-inspired French Quarter to the Cajun cuisine, this is one of the world’s most unique cities.
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, 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.
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