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.
One of the most historically significant cities in the United States, Philadelphia was the original American capital. The City of Brotherly Love draws history buffs and lovers of culture from all corners of the globe!
The capital of the United States of America sits on the scenic Potomac River. Monuments, museums, and Americana characterize this historic city, which is located in the District of Columbia between the states of Maryland and Virginia.
This iconic obelisk is a memorial to the commander-in-chief of the American revolutionary army and eventual the first president of the United States of America, George Washington. The massive stone structure began construction in 1848.
This iconic American monument honors the 16th president of the United States. Abraham Lincoln was president during the American Civil War, and is most famous for the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all of the slaves in the US.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a memorial to the third president of the United States. The impressive building is neoclassical in design and has been standing since 1943. It sees more than two million visitors every year. It's only available during the Cherry Blossom time.
Opening Hours: 24/7
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.
Shenandoah National Park, VA
Shenandoah National Park, located in Virginia near Washington, DC, is home to a fascinating system of caves, the Shenandoah Caverns. Visitors can also see Skyline Drive and Dark Hollow Falls.
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.
Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located at the heart of downtown Memphis, Beale Street is home to blues and so much more. Spanning 1.8 miles, from the Mississippi River to East Street, visitors can expect a lively atmosphere filled with restaurant, bars, and music festivals.
The Lorraine Motel is part of the National Civil Rights Museum and marks the location where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The newly renovated museum includes interactive exhibits and short films that both are powerful and educational.
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 9:00am - 6:00pm, Closed Tuesdays, Sun 11:00am - 6:00pm
Billing itself as the birthplace of rock and roll, this recording studio was used by some of the most famous names in country and rock music from 1950 until 1969. It was reopened in 1987 and is a National Historic Landmark.
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.
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.
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.
Extending 13 blocks in the French Quarter, Bourbon Street is the most famous thoroughfare in New Orleans, a top destination for generations of partygoers. It is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.
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.