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American Music and Movie Trails 14 days / 13 nights

Explore culture and entertainment on offer during this multi day tour across USA. A real treat for music and movie lovers, the tour allows you to unravel many sights and landmarks that have graced different movies. Visit the home of "the King" Elvis Presley, and locate several scene-stealing film sites in Chicago. Also, visit the famous Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and Beale Street for Music, Memphis.

 

Tour Nights

  • Chicago: 3 nights
  • St. Louis: 1 nights
  • Memphis: 2 nights
  • Vicksburg: 1 nights
  • New Orleans: 2 nights
  • Birmingham: 1 nights
  • Chattanooga: 1 nights
  • Nashville: 1 nights
  • Louisville: 1 nights
  • Tour code: AWUSFD07
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

Tour At a Glance

  • Gaze at Chicago's Willis Tower, the tallest building in North America
  • Explore numerous scene-stealing film locations located throughout the Windy City
  • Visit the very first House of Blues, a converted historical house in Cambridge
  • Get a bird's eye view of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis
  • Travel back in time during the Odyssey Theater's "Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West"
  • Embark on the ultimate rock'n roll experience at Elvis Presley's Graceland
  • Walk down Beale Street for a taste of the music Memphis makes today
  • Visit the Delta Blues Museum and explore the history and heritage of the bluesv
  • Let the good times roll at one of Mississippi's 24-hour casinos
  • Enjoy great music and film sites in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and Hollywood South
  • Get your jazz on in the French Quarter, New Orleans original neighborhood
  • Immerse yourself in Alabama's rich jazz heritage at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Famev
  • Search out the original WhistleStop Cafe, the setting for the novel "Fried Green Tomatoes"
  • Taste the south's favorite snack food, the MoonPie, which originated in Chattanooga
  • Walk Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame honoring country performers of national reputation
  • Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located on Nashville's Music Row
  • Admire the grounds of My Old Kentucky Home State Park, the inspiration for "My Old Kentucky Home", Kentucky's state song

Itinerary details

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  • Day 1 Chicago Arrival
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    Chicago Arrival

    Arrive in Chicago. Pick up your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel. Enjoy your evening at leisure.

  • Day 2 Chicago
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    Chicago

    While exploring this vibrant city located on the shores of Lake Michigan, you will notice many famous landmarks and buildings from films such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, While You Were Sleeping, and The Road to Perdition, not to mention The Blues Brothers. Try and locate the Blues Brothers Soul Food restaurant on Maxwell Street, and don’t forget to pay a visit to the original House of Blues jazz club.

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    "Meet Me in St. Louis" is a summary of today’s journey. Upon arrival, take a tram ride (optional) to the top of the famous St. Louis Arch and get a city view from 630 feet. Then take time to view Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West, a movie produced by the National Geographic Society and viewed on a giant four-story screen at the Gateway Arch River front.

  • Day 4 Driving Distance
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    Memphis offers a multitude of musical and movie moments, and there are two nights to explore your favorites. Start with a visit to Graceland, home of the late Elvis Presley, then choose between the Rock & Soul Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Gibson Guitar factory, or Sun Studio where musicians such as B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded rock’n'roll hits.

  • Day 5 Memphis
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    Memphis

    During your stay, check for any outdoor concerts at the Mud Island outdoor mphitheater. Located right on the Mississippi River. Mud Island River Park is a historical and scenic outdoor area. Or, dine in B.B. King’s restaurant on famous Beale Street.

  • Day 6 Driving Distance
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    Travel from Memphis to Clarksdale, heart of the Delta Blues. Stop to tour the Delta Blues Museum filled with memorabilia from B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Follow the banks of the Mississippi River along Hwy 1, and take the opportunity to roll the dice in one of many Mississippi casinos; they never close!

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    On to the Big Easy! New Orleans is a jazz lover’s paradise, and the familiar backdrop in a string of successful movies. The jazz & blues clubs are too numerous to mention, but there are two days in New Orleans to check them out!

  • Day 8 New Orleans
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    New Orleans

    Continue to explore this city of riverboats, jazz, and Creole cuisine. Take time to visit the beautiful botanical garden or journey out to the levees to see how they protect the city from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This evening why not board a paddle steamer for a dinner cruise on the mighty Mississippi River (optional).

  • Day 9 Driving Distance
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    Sweet Home Alabama! Today, we head for Birmingham, Alabama. For music fans, the highlight would be a visit to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Entrance to this exhibition is free and inside, you’ll find a wonderful tribute to jazz greats with ties to Alabama. For movie lovers, try and locate the original Whistle Stop Cafe, the setting for the novel, and later film, Fried Green Tomatoes. Although scenes in the movie were actually filmed in Atlanta, the original cafe is located in North Irondale, just outside of Birmingham.

  • Day 10 Driving Distance
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    Returning to Tennessee today, set forth to Chattanooga. Summer travelers should check the dates of the annual Chattanooga Riverbend Festival. While in Tennessee, don’t miss the opportunity to try a "moon pie", a favorite Southern snack since the early 1900s.

  • Day 11 Driving Distance
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    Nashville, "Music City USA" is the destination today. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, a multimedia music shrine including movie theatres, costumes, instruments and other artifacts detailing country music’s colorful history. Don’t miss a visit to the Ryman Auditorium and a night at the Grand Ole Opry.

  • Day 12 Driving Distance
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    From Blue Grass to Brass Bands, Kentucky has popular music for every listener. Today’s destination is Louisville, Kentucky, home of the famous Kentucky Derby, which takes place at Churchill Downs the first Saturday each May. Recently featured in the movie Sea Biscuit, Churchill Downs is the mecca of American horse racing and home of the Kentucky Derby Museum. Take a short side trip to Bardstown and visit My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Hotels may be substituted with comparable standard hotels during high demand periods or for operational reasons. Graceland, Memphis the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s anthem of the same name, which is sung by the crowds every year at the Kentucky Derby. No visit to Kentucky would be complete without a visit to a bourbon distillery, but remember that many Kentucky counties are "dry," so often there are no tastings. Baseball fans should ensure they fit in a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum, an interactive museum honoring many of baseball’s greats. Read More

  • Day 13 Driving Distance
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    Today, your tour returns you to the Windy City, Chicago, having visited seven different states, experienced many popular movie set locations, and heard music ranging from blues to jazz to soul to gospel to country to bluegrass and rock’n'roll.

  • Day 14 Chicago Departure
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    Chicago Departure

    A final day in Chicago before you return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

Dates and Prices

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Hotels

  • Red Roof St. Louis
    Red Roof St. Louis
    St. Louis
  • Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis
    Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis
    Memphis
  • Quality Inn & Suites
    Quality Inn & Suites
    Vicksburg
  • Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome
    Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome
    New Orleans
  • Comfort Inn City Centre Birmingham
    Comfort Inn City Centre Birmingham
    Birmingham
  • Chattanooga Choo Cho
    Chattanooga Choo Cho
    Chattanooga
  • Guesthouse international & Suites Nashville
    Guesthouse international & Suites Nashville
    Nashville
  • Red Roof Inn
    Red Roof Inn
    Louisville

Red Roof St. Louis

St. Louis
  • Red Roof St. Louis

Situated in St. Louis, this motel is close to St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, and Missouri Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. Also nearby are St. Louis Art Museum and Tower Grove Park.

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Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis

Memphis
  • Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis

Situated in Memphis, Comfort Inn Downtown is close to Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island, Fire Museum of Memphis, and Orpheum Theater. Also nearby are Sun Studio and Mud Island River Park.

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Quality Inn & Suites

Vicksburg
  • Quality Inn & Suites

Stay within walking distance of Mississippi’s Vicksburg National Military Park and historic downtown Vicksburg at the pet-friendly Quality Inn & Suites hotel, located off Interstate 20.

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Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

New Orleans
  • Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

Located in New Orleans (Business District), Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown Superdome is a family-friendly hotel close to Mercedes-Benz Superdome, The Shops at Canal Place, and Canal Street. Also nearby are Lafayette Squar

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Comfort Inn City Centre Birmingham

Birmingham
  • Comfort Inn City Centre Birmingham

Caribe Royale All Suite & Convention Center hotel is located in the heart of Birmingham, this hotel is within walking distance of Old Rep Theatre, Bullring Shopping Centre, and Alexandra Theatre. Also nearby are Internationa

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Chattanooga Choo Cho

Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga Choo Cho

Situated near the airport, in the city center, this historic hotel is close to Chattanooga Convention Center, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and McKenzie Arena. Also nearby are Chattanooga Regional History Museum and

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Guesthouse international & Suites Nashville

Nashville
  • Guesthouse international & Suites Nashville

GuestHouse Inn & Suites Nashville / Music Valley is close to Texas Troubadour Theatre, Grand Ole Opry, and Cooter's Place. Also nearby are Willie Nelson and Friends Showcase Museum and Nashville Toy Museum.

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Red Roof Inn

Louisville
  • Red Roof Inn

Situated in Louisville, this hotel is close to Louisville Mega Cavern, Louisville Zoo, and Farmington Historic Home. Local attractions also include Kentucky Exposition Center and Cherokee Park.

More info

What's Included?

  • Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
  • Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
  • Sightseeing as specified
  • Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)

What's not Included?

  • International flights.
  • Visa fee
  • Any personal expenses such as: phone calls, laundry, drinks, etc...
  • Any optional Tours or Meals unspecified in the above tour program.

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