Chicago - Springfield - St. Louis (286 miles)
Today, we will go south to Springfield, IL to visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Old Illinois State Capitol. Then, we will head for St. Louis to see the Gateway Arch and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the largest city in central Illinois. The city lies on a mostly flat plain that encompasses much of the surrounding countryside. And The city is governed by a mayor-council form of government.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
This historic location, a house and the surrounding four blocks, was the home of President Abraham Lincoln from 1844 to 1861, when he left for the White House in Washington. It was the only home he ever owned.
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 8:30am - 5:00pm|Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes
Old Illinois State Capitol
This historic site served as the state capitol building for the state of Illinois from 1840 to 1876. Built in the Greek Revival Style, both Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama announced their candidacy for president here.
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm|Duration: Approx. 15 Minutes
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis is a city and port in the U.S. state of Missouri. The city developed along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which forms Missouri's border. The economy of St. Louis relies on service, manufacturing, trade, transportation of goods, and tourism.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Located in the central West End of St. Louis, this Roman Catholic cathedral was designed in a mix of Neo-Byzantine and Romanesque Revival architectural styles. It was consecrated on June 29, 1926.
Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
This iconic stainless-steel monument in St. Louis is the tallest arch in the world. It was built as a homage to the westward expansion of the United States and sits on the site of St. Louis' founding.
Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
Standard Hotel: Comfort Inn or similar
St. Louis - Memphis (240 miles)
After traveling across the mighty Mississippi River, we will arrive in Memphis to see the Memphis Pyramid. Then, we will go to Graceland, the mansion home of Elvis Presley. Later, we will go to our hotel near Jackson.
Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee. And it is the youngest of Tennessee's major cities, founded in 1819 as a planned city by a group of wealthy Americans including judge John Overton and future president Andrew Jackson.
Also known as the Great America Pyramid, this indoor arena has a capacity of over 20,000. It was designed after the Great Pyramids of Egypt. For sports, basketball is mainly played here.
This massive, opulent mansion in Memphis, Tennessee was the home of Elvis Presley. It is a National Historic Landmark and today serves as a museum. Guests can visit the site of Elvis' grave and tour the thirteen-acre estate.
Admission (Optional): Adult $39; Child (3-12 yrs) $18; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $35|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours
Standard Hotel: Ramada Peal/Jackson Airport or similar
New Orleans - Montgomery (278 miles)
We will spend the day exploring New Orleans. We will drive pass the Garden District, visit French Quarter, sample some local delicacies and coffee at the popular Café du Monde. Then, we will visit Jackson Square and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. After that, we can take a ride on the Steamboat Natchez to get a view of the city from the river. We will also visit the National WWII Museum. In the afternoon we will travel to Montgomery, where we will spend the night.
New Orleans, LA
The city known as the "Big Easy" is most famous for its colorful and exciting Mardi Gras celebration. Visitors will marvel at its distinctive Cajun culture and cuisine that is unlike anything else in the world.
Once, the area of New Orleans' Garden District was covered exclusively by plantations. Because of its many affluent mansions and historic houses, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The most famous area of New Orleans is also the oldest. Dating back to the city's founding in 1718, this National Historic Landmark district is known for its nightlife, restaurants, and celebrations. Its most famous locale is Bourbon Street.
Jazz Steamboat Mississippi
The two-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter shows you why the city was founded on the beautiful crescent of the lower Mississippi River. New Orleans is well-known as the birthplace of jazz. The live Jazz performance on the steamboat will make you an unforgettable trip.
This historic park in the French Quarter is home to the St. Louis Cathedral. It's history dates all the way back to 1721, when it was built by French colonists in the area.
Duration: Approx. 2 Hours
Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France
The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also called St. Louis Cathedral, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the oldest cathedral in the United States.
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum, formerly known as the D-Day Museum, is a military history museum located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp Street and Magazine Street. The museum focuses on the contribution made by the United States to Allied victory in World War II.
Admission (Optional): Adult $27; Child (3-12 yrs) $18; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $24|Duration: Approx. 2 Hours
Standard Hotel: Comfort inn/Best western/Quality inn or similar
Montgomery - Atlanta (160 miles)
Today, we will arrive in the heart of Atlanta, where we will take a walk through Centennial Olympic Park. Then, we will visit CNN Headquarters and the World of Coca-Cola. In the early evening, we can enjoy a horsemanship dinner and show before returning to our local hotel.
Georgia's capital and largest city, Atlanta is a major Southern financial and cultural force and the focus of a metropolitan statistical area. Atlanta has "absolutely everything going for it-climate, location, great transportation, easy air access, and a government that's both cooperative and supportive." This is a judgment widely shared by both residents and visitors...
Centennial Olympic Park
It is a 21-acre public park located in downtown Atlanta built as part of the infrastructure improvements for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics.
This in-depth tour takes guests inside the CNN studios and offers a one-of-a-kind look into what is needed to produce a news show. The building itself is free to enter and includes a food court, restaurants, and specialty shops.
Admission (Optional): Adult $18; Child (Under 12 yrs) $17; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15|Duration: Approx. 50 Minutes
World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coca-Cola is an interactive museum and exhibition that chronicles the history of the world-famous Coca-Cola company. As a special gift, each person who takes a tour receives a one-of-a-kind bottle of Coke.
Admission (Optional): Adult $19; Child (Under 12 yrs) $17; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15|Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 10:00am - 5:00pm, Fri - Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm, Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Horsemanship Dinner Show
Horsemanship show is gorgeous and performs professional. You can taste delicious food and watch this wonderful show.
Admission (Optional): Adult $67; Child (3-12 yrs) $41.50; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $67|Duration: Approx. 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Days Inn or similar
Chattanooga - Nashville (113 miles)
Today, we will arrive in Chattanooga, TN, where we will visit Ruby Falls, ride the Incline Railway and go to Rock City to take in a breathtaking view of Lookout Mountain. Then, we will continue to Nashville, seeing the State Capitol Building and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Chattanooga is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee. A unique distinction for Chattanooga is the fact that the city has its own typeface, Chatype, which was launched in August 2012.
This tourist attraction on top of Lookout Mountain just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee is visited by half a million people every year for its magnificent views, botanical gardens, and impressive natural rock formations. It was opened to the public in 1932.
Admission (Optional): Adult $22; Child (Under 12 yrs) $13; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $22|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
This tram has been running almost continually since 1895, and with the exception of an engine update in 1911, it hasn't changed that much. The ride stretches about one mile up the mountain and reaches a grade of 72.7%.
Admission (Optional): Adult $16.50; Child (Under 12 yrs) $8; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $16.50|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
The Ruby Falls are an underground waterfall located beneath Tennessee's lookout mountain. The Falls are 145 feet high and located in the heart of the Lookout Mountain Caverns. The Ruby Falls area is a National Historic Landmark.
Duration: Approx. 1 Hour
This historic hilltop on the southern border of Tennessee has a colorful history as a place of importance during wartime. Most notably, it was the centerpiece of the Battle of Lookout Mountain during the American Civil War.
Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County.
Tennessee State Capitol
This graceful structure was designed by noted architect William Strickland who considered it his crowning achievement. The Capitol is not very big. A rectangular building, it measures roughly 60 by 30 meters.
Duration: Approx. 15 Minutes
Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1961, although a building itself wasn't constructed until 1967. The Hall is dedicated to the preservation and exploration of both country music itself and the culture that surrounds it.
Standard Hotel: Ramada Louisville, Days Inn or similar
Indianapolis - West Lafayette - Fair Oaks - Chicago (173 miles)
After seeing the exterior of the Indiana State House in Indianapolis, we will travel to Lafayette to see the campus of Purdue University. Then, we will visit the Fair Oaks Farm before arriving in Chicago later in the afternoon.
Indianapolis is the capital and the largest city in Indiana. Indianapolis hosts several notable sporting events annually, including the Brickyard 400, Grand Prix of Indianapolis, NFL Scouting Combine, the largest half marathon in the U.S., and the Indianapolis 500.
Indiana State Capitol
The Indiana Statehouse is the center of governmental function for the entire state of Indiana. This member of the National Register of Historic Places was built in 1878 and is an important historic and architectural building.
Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes
West Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette holds the distinction of being the most densely populated urban area in the state of Indiana and having the most culturally diverse population in the Midwest. It is home to Purdue University.
Named for business leader and philanthropist John Purdue, Purdue University consists of 6 campuses, the main location of which is situated in West Lafayette, Indiana. Notable highlights include the Purdo Mall, Memorial Mall, and South Campus, which offers visitors pristine lawns and a horticulture garden.
Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes
Fair Oaks, IN
Fair Oaks is an unincorporated community in Union Township, Jasper County, Indiana.
Fair Oaks Farm
Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.
Admission (Optional): Adult $22; Child (3-12 yrs) $8; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $22|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour