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.

Start
New York, United States
Finish
Chicago, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Explorer
Code
SSSXC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
724kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Be dazzled by the New York skyline
  • Explore political history in Philadelphia and Washington, DC
  • Throw back a cocktail in historic Savannah
  • Discover the centre of the civil rights movement
  • Absorb the jazzy, multicultural nightlife of New Orleans
  • Pay tribute to the king of rock ‘n’ roll at Graceland
  • Delve into Nashville’s country music scene

Itinerary

You’ve dreamed about it, seen it in movies and probably already know that iconic skyline like the back of your hand. But 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.
Come for the Rocky Steps, stay for the history. 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.
The delightfully incongruous town of Savannah is characterised by stately antebellum architecture, a sub-tropical climate and an endearingly roguish air. Check out the myriad antique stores, try some local delicacies and knock back a few of the traditional cocktails that the city's renowned for.
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 and a great place to end this exploration of the United States.
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.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Bus, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (17 nights), Motel (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Museum
  • Philadelphia Urban Adventure
  • Sun Studio

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Notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.

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