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Music, Mountains & Monuments Eastbound

Feeling the beat in Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Appalachian Mountains, walking through American history in Philadelphia and Washington DC, going all-night in New York City.
Activity: Walking
Location: New Orleans, UnitedStates
Duration: 8 days
Price: From £649 Meals included Accommodation included
Trip details
From the Big Apple to the Big Easy, this road-trip swings south along the East Coast and captures the best cities, historical monuments and beautiful scenery from New York to New Orleans and everything in between. Embrace big city beats, Nashville grooves and the traditional twang of the Appalachian Mountains. As always, centrally located hotels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action. Skip flying and discover country roots and the earthly delights that come with staying grounded.

What's Included
This adventure boasts vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.

Entrance fees to all National Parks and National Monuments with hiking and walking excursions. Guided city tours in Washington DC and New York, visit to Arlington Cemetery.
5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners (Allow USD75-100 for meals not included.)
Centrally located hotels (1 nt), hostel (1 nt), participation camping (5 nts)
Air conditioned private touring van, walking
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
Small group experience; Max 13, Avg 10

Day 1 New Orleans
Arrive at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening.
Day 2 Memphis (L,D)
Head to Memphis, the birthplace of rock & roll. Relive history at the National Civil Rights Museum—located where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. Take an optional tour of the Rock & Soul Museum. Witness a duck walk at the Peabody Hotel then soak in the atmosphere of Beale Street.
Day 3 Nashville (B,D)
Tour Elvis' Graceland or Sun Studios. Head to Nashville and visit the Grand Ole Opry, then indulge in some country bar nightlife.
Day 4 Wytheville (B,L,D)
Take the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Appalachian Mountains. Trek along one of the trails throughout the park.
Day 5 Shenandoah NP/Washington DC (B,L,D)
Pass through Shenandoah National Park on the way to Washington, DC. Pay your respects to fallen soldiers and John F Kennedy's grave at Arlington Cemetery.
Day 6 Washington DC (B)
A full day in the nation's capital. Tour the monuments and memorials including the White House. Visit the National Mall—home to 15 museums including the Air and Space Museum. Stroll through Georgetown or head back to the Mall for nighttime illumination.
Day 7 Philadelphia/New York City (B)
Follow the trail of American history in Philadelphia. Visit Independence Hall, then head to New York City and take in a city tour. See the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and ground zero.
Day 8 New York City
Depart at any time.

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