American Music And Movie Trails
- 14 days 13 nights
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American Music And Movie Trails
- Arrive Chicago, IL
- Day: 1
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- Accommodations: (STD) Best Western Grant Plaza or similar (SUP) The Whitehall Chicago or similar. (2 nights)
Arrive in Chicago. Pick up your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel. Enjoy your evening at leisure.
Accommodation: (STD) Best Western Grant Plaza or similar (SUP) The Whitehall Chicago or similar. (2 nights)
- Day: 2
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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 film. 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.
- Chicago – St. Louis, MO
- Day: 3
- 290 miles | 466.61 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Red Roof Inn St. Louis or similar (SUP) Omni Majestic or similar
“Meet Me in St. Louis” is a summary of today’s journey. Upon arrival, take a tram ride 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.
Accommodation: (STD) Red Roof Inn St. Louis or similar (SUP) Omni Majestic or similar
- St. Louis – Memphis, TN
- Day: 4
- 280 miles | 450.52 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Comfort Inn Downtown or similar (SUP) Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel or similar. (2 nights)
/ 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.
Accommodation: (STD) Comfort Inn Downtown or similar (SUP) Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel or similar. (2 nights)
- Memphis – Vicksburg, MS
- Day: 6
- 146 miles | 234.914 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) & (SUP) Quality Inn & Suites or similar
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!
Accommodation: (STD) & (SUP) Quality Inn & Suites or similar
- Vicksburg – New Orleans
- Day: 7
- 294 miles | 473.046 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Holiday Inn Superdrome or similar (SUP) Hyatt French Quarter or similar. (2 nights)
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!
Accommodation: (STD) Holiday Inn Superdrome or similar (SUP) Hyatt French Quarter or similar. (2 nights)
- New Orleans – Birmingham, AL
- Day: 9
- 340 miles | 547.06 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD & SUP) Comfort Inn or similar
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 Café, the setting for the novel, and later film, Fried Green Tomatoes. Although scenes in the movie were actually filmed in Atlanta, the original café is located in North Irondale, just outside of Birmingham.
Accommodation: (STD & SUP) Comfort Inn or similar
- Birmingham – Chattanooga, TN
- Day: 10
- 148 miles | 238.132 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) & (SUP) Holiday Inn Chattanooga Choo Choo or similar
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. Accommodation: (STD) & (SUP) Holiday Inn Chattanooga Choo Choo or similar
- Chattanooga – Nashville, TN
- Day: 11
- 133 miles | 213.997 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Guesthouse International Inn and Suites or similar (SUP) Millennium Maxwell House or similar
Nashville, ‘Music City USA’ is the destination today. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, a multimedia music shrine including live performances, 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.
(STD) Guesthouse International Inn and Suites or similar (SUP) Millennium Maxwell House or similar
- Nashville – Louisville, KY
- Day: 12
- 175 miles | 281.575 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) & (SUP) Red Roof Inn or similar
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, 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.
(STD) & (SUP) Red Roof Inn or similar
- Louisville – Chicago
- Day: 13
- 300 miles | 482.7 Km*
- Accommodations: (STD) Best Western O Hare or similar (SUP) The Whitehall Chicago or similar
Today, your tour returns you to the Windy City, Chicago, having visitedseven different states, experienced many popular movie set locations, and heard music rangingfrom blues to jazz to soul to gospel to country to bluegrass and rock’n’roll.
Accommodation: (STD) Best Western O Hare or similar (SUP) The Whitehall Chicago or similar
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