Day 1: London – Chicago
Fly into the Windy City that is Chicago, your starting destination on this multi centre holiday. Chicago will blow you away with its charm and diversity, from its quirky neighbourhoods, to endless shopping and world-class museums and attractions, including the iconic ‘Bean’ sculpture. Stay 3 nights at Doubletree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile (or similar).
Day 2-3: Chicago
Chicago is somewhere that begs to be explored. Sitting pretty on the edge of Lake Michigan, there's a long stretch of shoreline to discover, including sandy beaches, and the stunning public art of Millennium Park. But there's lots of other attractions to poke around in too. Enjoy the entertainment of Navy Pier, shop till you drop along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile of shops, and take in the breathtaking skyline views to be found at the Willis Tower. Then there’s the sports, food and music traditions to explore, from Chicago’s unwavering allegiance to baseball and American Football, to the classic deep dish pizza and hot dogs that need to be tasted, and the electric blues scene – it will be difficult to squeeze it all in!
Day 4: Chicago – Memphis
Today, leave behind the cosmopolitan city life of Chicago as you take the short flight south to Memphis, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the once stomping grounds of The King that was Elvis Presley. True southern hospitality, authentic cuisines and music legends await you. Stay 3 nights at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown (or similar).
Day 5-6: Memphis
Follow Elvis’s trail around the city, from where he recorded at Sun Studios to where he lived at the immortal Graceland. Learn, hear and feel the sounds of the music legends at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Stax Museum; and experience Memphis’s pulsating music and nightlife along Beale Street. Apart from the music, make sure to visit the National Civil Rights Museum, which provides a moving portrayal of the nation’s struggles for equality, as well as being built on the site where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Last but not least, let’s not forget the tastes of southern barbeque food found on every corner. You will easily see why Memphis is a much loved city of the South.
Day 7: Memphis – New Orleans
From Tennessee, it’s time to fly down to your final destination of New Orleans – the Mardi Gras capital of the USA, and your last destination of this holiday. Find jazz music wafting from every direction, the streets lined with bars and clubs, and a festival seemingly happening every other week – let the good times roll. Stay 3 nights at the Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter (or similar).
Day 8-9: New Orleans
There’s plenty to see in the Big Easy, where spicy Cajun cuisine thrills the senses, and the sounds of blues and jazz bring the city to life. Perched on the Mississippi River, New Orleans is like nowhere else - an intoxicating mix of colliding cultures. Wander through the atmospheric French District, and its old buildings peppered with wrought iron balconies tell the story of its French roots. A trip to the Historic Voodoo Museum gives a hint of Caribbean influence. There's other things to squeeze in too - like a ride on a clackety streetcar, immortalised by Tennessee William's ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’; the lively jazz scene along Bourbon Street; and the sumptuous gumbo and po’boys to be found at the French Market, as well as bespoke souvenirs to commemorate your trip.
Day 10: New Orleans – London
Your journey through America’s music scene comes to an end as you return to the airport to board your overnight flight back to London.