Deep South Music Tour
Take a 12-night musical journey through some of the most iconic music destinations America has to offer
Your musical journey starts in the windy city. When thinking of the blues, many immediately think of cities such as Memphis. However, Chicago hosts a huge blues music scene. This is mostly down to a term known as “the great migration” where poor black workers from the south moved to industrial cities such as Chicago, and therefore brought their music with them. Then travel to St Louis for a similar story.
After having a touch of the blues, you will head down to the most famous country music city on the planet. Nashville, the birthplace of country music where the sound of foot-tapping honky tonk beats mingles with the hum of country crooners taking to the mic. Often known as Music City, a visit isn’t complete without hitting up The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry to learn about the stars who started their careers here.
Travel further south to Memphis. A vibrant city on the banks of the Mississippi River where the dulcet tones of blues guitar riffs collide with the scent of smoky BBQ and Elvis is always in the building. Then visit the town of Natchez for some classic southern hospitality, before heading to the ultimate music destination, New Orleans.
New Orleans, a uniquely eclectic city where history, music and gastronomy combine to dazzling effect. Where jazz musicians burst into impromptu street performances, steam ships cruise along the Mississippi and creole cuisine reigns supreme.
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Chicago is full of surprises and is simply a magnificent destination that caters to every kind of traveller. No matter what time of year, visitors in search of a city break will love Chicago's legendary lake front, world-class museums, innovative architecture, hot clubs, award-winning restaurants and unsurpassed shopping options. Take a trip up to Willis Towers Sky deck to witness "The Ledge" - four all-glass bays extending off the west side of the 103rd floor for a completely unique view of the city. When the summer sun arrives, Chicago restaurants and bars take sustenance to the streets, offering patio and garden seating throughout the city. Piccolo Sogno, Corosh, The Park Grill and Puck's at The MCA are few al fresco favourites.
St Louis is the largest City along Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles, and there are many “must-sees” and related sites on The Mother Road. Its iconic, 630-ft. Gateway Arch, built in the 1960s, honours the early 19th-century explorations of Lewis and Clark and America's westward expansion in general. With its cache of vibrant museums, gardens, parks and breweries, you'll find plenty of reasons to meet in St. Louis. Family-oriented travelers will likely venture to Forest Park for a Saint Louis Zoo visit. Others will savor complimentary drinks at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery before embarking on a pub crawl around The Loop.
For those who think Nashville is only about country music - think again. Located in the centre of the state, Nashville is one of the largest cities in the South. A wealth of museums, the arts and professional sports call the city home. But country music remains the city's claim to fame and visitors from all over the world flock here for just that reason. Nashville boasts the Johnny Cash Museum, George Jones Museum and the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum. The Parthenon is the world's only full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece and houses art galleries and a statue of Athena - the tallest indoor statue in the Western Hemisphere! Nashville is 215 miles east of Memphis and can easily be combined in a twin centre holiday.
Known as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll and blues, Memphis is home to Graceland, served as a recording base for artists like Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis; plus, its famous Beale Street was the location of the first blues notes. Key locations during the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement help make Memphis a sacred pilgrimage for Martin Luther King admirers. Situated on a high bluff overlooking the muddy Mississippi River, the city of Memphis is well known for its historical and cultural contributions to the American South. Trace the path of American music in Memphis, exploring Beale Street, where the first Blues song was written and where you can still immerse yourself in the music scene.
Natchez is a walking city built on an intimate scale, renowned for its Southern hospitality, good times, and natural beauty. As the oldest continuous settlement on the Mississippi River, Natchez has a deep multi-cultural heritage. This melting pot of cultures will be on full display in 2016 as we gear up to celebrate our 300th birthday with a yearlong Tricentennial bash. Natchez offers an impressive array of antebellum architecture. A trip here would not be complete with seeing one of the 10 on tour year-round. The annual Spring and Fall Pilgrimages add private owned homes to the tour list and give visitors an insider’s look. With access from either the Natchez Trace Parkway or Highway 61 along the Mississippi River, the Natchez experience is one of warmth and enchantment that you won’t forget any time soon.
New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities – it's home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. New Orleans is one of America's most culturally and historically rich destinations. A culture-lover's dream, the city boasts awarding-winning museums; everything from experimental to big Broadway show theatre; art galleries displaying the work of local treasures and renowned masters; a number of historic and heritage attractions and an unparalleled music scene, from Gospel, Jazz, and Rhythm and Blues, just to name a few.
At Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown, you're in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois, surrounded by shopping and entertainment venues. Located on State Street between Ohio and Ontario Streets, we're three blocks west of Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, and convenient to the Loop, the financial district and popular attractions. A block away is the free seasonal Navy Pier trolley and subway, linking to local attractions and both Midway and O'Hare airports. A great choice in Chicago hotels, this downtown all-suites property is convenient to Boeing, the Chicago Board of Trade, City Hall, IBM, Prudential Plaza and Willis Tower.
The Best Western St. Louis Inn is conveniently located just minutes from St. Louis best and most exciting attractions. Catch a St. Louis Cardinals game at the Busch Stadium, visit the world-famous St. Louis Gateway Arch, explore shopping and dining in historic downtown St. Louis, take the whole family to the St. Louis Zoo and the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, tour the Anheuser Busch Brewery, or just relax and enjoy the many annual festivals or daily attractions at Forest Park. The choice is yours when you stay at this St. Louis Hotel.
The Holiday Inn Express boasts 287 fully remodelled guestrooms. Its perfectly situated in downtown Nashville within a stone’s throw of Bridgestone Arena home of the Nashville Predators, Music City Centre, Frist Museum of Art, Ryman Auditorium, Music Row, Nissan Stadium home to the Tennessee Titans and the vibrant Entertainment District. They are one of only three downtown Nashville hotels with a seasonal outdoor pool. Other hotel amenities include a complimentary shoeshine service, full evening reception featuring heavy hors d'oeuvre and beverages, and nightly live entertainment from one of Nashville’s rising musical talents to set the tone for a fun-filled Nashville night.
The Guest House at Graceland is located on a beautifully landscaped property just a few steps from the gates of Graceland and minutes from Beale Street. Amenities include two restaurants, room service, pool bar, cocktail lounge, business centre, meeting/ banquet facilities, gift shop, concierge, and dry clean/ laundry service. Recreational facilities an outdoor pool and fitness centre.
Let the destination reach you when you book your stay at Hotel Vue, Ascend Hotel Collection in Natchez overlooking the Mississippi River. Located on the state line between Louisiana and Mississippi, this hotel is close to the Melrose Estate in the Natchez National Historical Park where you’ll find an antebellum estate, an African American barber’s home and an 18th century fort. During your stay at this boutique hotel, you’ll enjoy unique amenities for the modern traveller like a complimentary Southern Breakfast featuring local dishes, free WiFi throughout the hotel and free parking. their spacious accommodations offer you special extras like a refrigerator, microwave and flat screen TV and a sofa bed in most rooms. When you want to feel rejuvenated, spend time relaxing in the pool and or catching up with your work out in our fully equipped exercise room.
Combining Old World elegance and modern comfort, Bienville House Hotel offers a luxurious retreat in the historic French Quarter. Enjoy Southern hospitality at its finest in this 80-room hotel, with the sights, sounds, and soul of New Orleans just outside their door. Experience boutique luxury in the heart of the Vieux Carré. Say “oui” to Bienville House. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel, planning a romantic vacation, or want the best for your business travels, Bienville House Hotel is the perfect destination.