New Orleans to Chicago

Highlights

Explore the food scene of New Orleans, Tour Sun Studio in Memphis, Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Walk the Bourbon Trail in Louisville, Taste deep-dish pizza in Chicago

Tour description provided by Intrepid

Dial up a bit of Dixie and get ready to launch from the fertile Mississippi Delta to the Great Lakes of Chicago. Cut through the heart of this vast land and get accustomed to Southern life, following the winding river to the musical meccas of Memphis and Nashville. Cross into Kentucky for a dose of bourbon history in Louisville before winding things up among the skyscrapers of Chicago, the USA's largest city. For a new spin on an old favourite, the New Orleans to Chicago adventure is a great alternative to the tourist-heavy coasts, offering a chance to explore the giant interior of the USA.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 New Orleans
Founded by French traders in 1718, New Orleans has many layers of history to uncover. Begin with an optional walking tour of the French Quarter before tucking into some Creole cuisine or hitting the bars of Bourbon Street.
Days 3-4 Memphis
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.
Days 5-6 Nashville
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.
Days 7-8 Louisville
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.
Days 9-10 Chicago
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.