USA Road Trip: New York to Orlando

18-to-Thirtysomethings, New York City to Orlando

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Now's the time to explore the United States on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. From beaches to barbecue to the blues, this 14-day road trip through the East Coast of the United States ticks all the boxes and then some. Experience Detroit's cultural resurgence at a community art project, dig into deep dish 'za in Chicago, and follow the footsteps of music legends like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash in Memphis. You'll leave with a full stomach and an even fuller playlist.

What’s included

  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Dinner, Chicago Your Discover Moment: Chicago Your Discover Moment: Nashville Your Foodie Moment: Central BBQ Lunch, Memphis Your Discover Moment: Memphis Your Discover Moment: New Orleans
  • Maid of the Mist Tour
  • The Heidelberg Project Visit
  • Chicago Walking Tour
  • Nashville Night Out
  • Memphis Night Out
  • New Orleans Night Out
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • See niagara falls from the maid of the mist boat tour
  • Explore the windy city of chicago with a walking tour
  • Channel your inner cowboy with line dancing in nashville
  • Dig into a barbecue feast in memphis
  • Soak in the sun on the white sand of panama city beach

Itinerary

New York City Arrive at any time. Towering skyscrapers, flashing lights, and a pulsing energy you can’t quite escape from. First impressions matter so get to know New York City the right way; after dark with your CEO and group. Roam through the crowds, take in the sounds, the smells, and gear up for a good time in the Big Apple. Journey through the Hamilton Heights neighbourhood in Brooklyn in search of the perfect enclave to sip a cocktail, maybe two, and have some laughs with your newest adventure pals.
New York City/Niagara Falls Rise and shine nice and early to beat the traffic out of the city. Gaze out the window as you drive across the state and watch as the city gives way to the rolling hills of Upstate New York. Next, get up close and personal with Niagara Falls! Board the Maid of the Mist and feel the strength behind 3,160 tons of water cascading over the falls every second. Return after dark, try your hand at a local casino and witness the magical atmosphere and fun light show of Niagara Falls at night.
Niagara Falls/Detroit Cruise along Lake Erie, passing through Cleveland before arriving in Detroit. Experience the new markets, distilleries, art galleries, and restaurants of this quickly transforming city. Visit The Heidelberg Project to witness some of this community development in action. Then enjoy a free evening to explore this up-and-coming destination with your new pals!
Detroit/Chicago Next stop...Chicago! Enjoy a walking tour and take in some of the best highlights the city has to offer like, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the beginning of Route 66, and the Cloud Gate. The tour ends at one of the best pizza joints in town where you can stuff your face with some famous deep dish pizza together before hitting the town on a night out with your travel tribe.
Chicago Take a free day to explore Chicago, because this is America after all, ‘the land of the free’. Besides, there's tons to do in the Windy City – walk along the river to Millennium Park, enjoy dazzling music, and stroll the boardwalk of the Navy Pier. To get a birds eye view take a ride to the top of the Willis Tower, then maybe grab a selfie under the famous ‘Bean’, or hit the town for another night out with the group.
Chicago/Louisville It’s time to head south Y’all! Follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to Louisville. Home of the Kentucky Derby, this city is a foodie haven filled with lively bars and farm-to-table restaurants. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore and don't forget to indulge in some BBQ and bourbon.
Louisville/Nashville Travel to the country music capital of the world. Stroll the streets of Nashville and check out what the city's known for: live music, line dancing, and cowboy nightlife. Visit The Parthenon in Centennial Park to understand why Nashville has been called the ‘Athens of the South’, listen to live music in the honky tonks along Broadway, and indulge in some finger-licking good barbecue in the West End.
Nashville Immerse yourself even further into Nashville with this free day! Take a stroll to visit the Gran Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, or simply take in live music along the "Honky Tonk Highway".
Nashville/Memphis It’s time to head south through Tennessee to explore the vibrant musical and cultural melting pot of Memphis. Good ole’ Elvis may have left the building, but get ready for a ‘hunk of burning love’ and take an optional tour of Graceland. Feeling more historical than musical? Delve into the past at the National Civil Rights Museum and learn how Memphis played a role in this historical movement, or jam out on a tour of the Rock ’n’ Soul Museum. As the sun begins to set head to Beale Street for an evening out. Experience mouth-watering cuisine, live music, and a buzzing energy that will have you out spinning on the dance floor in no time.
Memphis Ready...set...go! Today is your free day in Memphis—a chance to experience the “Home of Blues, Soul & Rock ‘N’ Roll” the way you have always wanted. Pay your respects to Martin Luther King Jr, feel the wind in your hair as you ride a bike along the Mississippi River, or catch a world-class show at one of the theatres in Memphis.
Memphis/New Orleans Drive through the bayous, crank up the jazz and head into the Big Easy. Home of Mardi Gras, Voo Doo, and Gumbo. Get ready to head out and explore the French Quarter, where you'll join fellow revellers on Bourbon Street until the early hours.
New Orleans Get ready to take on NOLA all on your own today! Grab a buddy or head out solo— just make sure to soak up as much as you can. Trust us there’s plenty to do: from taking part in a creole cooking demonstration, to taking a bike tour around the city you’re sure to find your own way to make your New Orleans experience unique and special. But, if all else fails and you can’t decide what to do; simply grab some beignets at Café du Monde and wander the streets downtown soaking up the music and culture as you go.
New Orleans/Panama City Beach Hop across the state line and arrive at Panama City Beach—the quintessential Florida getaway. What’s here you ask? Well for starters there’s 27 miles of pearly white beaches and a subtropical climate that practically guarantees warm sunny days. On top of that it’s a great place to enjoy an afternoon on the water before hitting the town in the evening. Bonus fact: because Panama City Beach has the highest concentration of bottlenose dolphins your chances of watching some play in the waves are pretty high.
Panama City Beach/Orlando Let your inner child run wild as you head to the home of ‘The Most Magical Place on Earth’, Orlando. With endless shopping, nightlife, and famous amusement parks like Disney World and Universal Studios there’s plenty to explore. So take that selfie you’ve always wanted with Cinderella’s Castle or sip on a butterbeer from Harry Potter World and make the most out of your final day... together! Tour ends on arrival in Orlando.
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