From the White House to honky tonks and Elvis’ Heartbreak Hotel, everyone who’s anyone knows that the eastern coast is where to be!
O say can you see, a once in a lifetime adventure spanning from the Big Apple to the Big Easy. On this expertly crafted, eleven-day road-trip across the eastern United States, you’ll lick the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, walk Johnny Cash’s line in Nashville, and discover Elvis’ Heartbreak Hotel in Memphis. From the White House to honky tonks and voodoo priests, everyone who’s anyone knows that the eastern coast is where to be!
We spend 11 days exploring USA. We visit New York, New Orleans, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Asheville, Nashville, Memphis.
What Is Included...
Your fantastic Busabout crew
10 nights’ accommodation
8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
All coach transport
Washington DC bike tour
Trip starts at 8:00am at TBC, New York
Trip ends at 10:00am at TBC, New Orleans
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11 Day Itinerary
Day 1: New York to Philadelphia to Washington DC
Our 11-day adventure begins in the Big Apple: New York City. Don’t get comfy though, because we’re off to our first stop, Philadelphia, bright and early. In Philly, you’re free to explore, relax, feast, or meander. Why not follow in Rocky Balboa's footsteps and jog the seventy-two steps leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Arts? History buffs should be sure to check out the famous Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence. Next, we’ll be travelling to Washington DC. Upon arrival, we’ll take a driving tour of the city to snag a quick look at all of the best bits before you’re free to spend the evening however you see fit. We recommend a sunset view from the Arlington, the Iwo Jima Memorials and a cheeky drink in a local bar.
Day 2: Washington DC
Today is your chance to explore every nook and cranny Washing DC has to offer. Take a bike tour around the capital sites to soak up views of the White House, the Capitol Building, the Washington and Lincoln Memorials, and more. After your bike tour, delve into the USA’s rich history by dropping into any number of free Smithsonian Museums. For those who don’t mind spending a cover fee, check out the Newseum for excellent photography and views of the city from a rooftop terrace, or the International Spy Museum for all things espionage. Anyone itching for some top-notch shopping should look no further than Georgetown. Enjoy the cobblestone streets and Federal-style architecture as you hop from shop to shop and indulge in what the US does best: capitalism. Come evening, we’ll find a classic American bar and enjoy some good vibes with good people.
Day 3: Washington DC to Asheville
Buckle up because today we’re in full road-trip mode. We bid farewell to Washington DC bright and early and arrive in Asheville in the afternoon. After settling into our accommodations, we’ll shoot back out for a walking tour of downtown Asheville. This sculptural urban trail honours the people and communities that helped shape the vibrant city and urges visitors to walk into history. With the sun starting to dip, we’ll head to a rooftop bar for an unbeatable vantage of the biodiverse Blue Ridge Mountains that surround the city. Once the sun has set, the real fun begins as we delve deeper into Asheville’s renowned music and food scenes.
Day 4: Asheville
Get ready to discover Asheville, “The Land of Skies”, on your own terms. There’s so much to see and do it’s no surprise former President Barack Obama expressed a desire to retire here. The River Arts district will appeal to the art-lovers among us with its mural-blanketed-walls, and seas of studios, galleries, and street musicians. Some call Asheville the Paris of the South, others call it Beer Town. Which is no surprise when you wander into the South Slope Brewery Zone to explore the gorgeous industrial district and discover an impressive 30 craft breweries. Here, you’ll not only find hops aplenty, but the best BBQ restaurants in town and beer flavoured doughnuts! What better spot to kick off an evening of merriment?
Day 5: Asheville to Nashville
Another day on the road as we leave early with Tennessee ahead of us and Asheville behind. Along the way, we’ll cross into the Central TIme Zone so make sure to wind your watches back an hour. We’ll stop off at the Knoxville Sunsphere for lunch and take in the impressive structure, which was built in 1982 for the World Fair. Before we hit the road again, make sure to visit the Sunsphere’s observation deck for a 360-degree view of the city. We’ll be arriving in Nashville, home to country music and the best Southern food around. Hot chicken is a local speciality, but be warned: it’s extremely spicy! We’ll end the day at the Wildhorse Saloon for live music, free line dancing lessons, incredible food, and buckets of drinks.
Day 6: Nashville
Today you’re free to explore Nashville at your own pace and see that there’s more to this rustic city than country music and spicy food. Kick things off with a trip to the Pedestrian Bridge; one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. It offers phenomenal views of the Nashville skyline and river, so be sure to bring your camera. Next, you could head to the Centennial Park with its exact replica of the ancient Pantheon or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Tonight we’ll be heading to lively Broadway for a night of honky-tonk bar-hopping and incredible nightlife. Make sure to catch a set or two of a local aspirating songwriter and grab a bite to eat in one of the many local restaurants.
Day 7: Nashville to Memphis
We leave the homeland of country music this morning and venture to the birthplace of blues and soul. Memphis is a city with claims to an impressive slice of American culture: rock & roll, the Civil Rights Museum, Elvis Presley, and Justin Timberlake all call or called this richly diverse city home. We’ll arrive in Memphis this afternoon then head out for a city tour where we’ll pass plenty of sights to whet our appetite, such as the National Civil Rights Museum and Mud Island. Tonight, we’ll invade Beale Street to hit up some blues bars and restaurants.
Day 8: Memphis
Wander the city’s historic streets at your own pace and lose yourself to the place that birthed two musical movements. Fans of Elvis Presley might consider a trip to Graceland, where the King of Rock & Roll lived. Now Elvis’ mansion is a museum to his legend and his final resting place. Of course, Memphis is also home to the infamous Lorraine Motel where Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr was tragically assassinated. Now the motel is the National Civil Rights Museum and we encourage you to visit. Those wanting a more active day could venture to Mud Island and enjoy the riverwalk, a miniature recreation of the Mississippi. Tonight, head out and soak up some more Blues and Soul on Beale Street.
Day 9: Memphis to New Orleans
Bid farewell to Tennessee and say hello to Louisiana, the home of smooth jazz. New Orleans, otherwise known as the Big Easy, is a rare gem of a city just off the Gulf of Mexico. When we arrive in the afternoon you can head out with your Busabout guide to explore the French Quarter’s cobblestone streets and historic Jackson Square. Tonight, we’ll be experiencing some electric live jazz in the city that birthed it. There’re plenty of authentic bars to choose from, but we recommend the Playhouse, Fritzel’s, Maison Bourbon, and Preservation Hall. As you allow the music to take you away, make sure to have a New Orleans cocktail to hand and enjoy your night in the Big Easy.
Day 10: New Orleans
Today you’re free to explore New Orleans however you see fit. Packed with activities and attractions, it’s hard to head in the wrong direction in the Big Easy. Whichever way you go, start the day right with a coffee and a beignet pastry in Cafe du Monde. Next you could take a bike tour of the city or journey across town to Magazine Street and wander around the flea markets or lapping lakefront. It would be a crime to leave New Orleans without a visit to Rev. Zombie’s House of Voodoo, where you can learn more about the rich spiritual folkways kept alive by the traditions of the African diaspora. Tonight, we wrap up our New Orleans stop in Frenchman Street for live music, casual eateries, and the energetic bustle of a living city.
Day 11: New Orleans
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and today, once we’ve shared one last epic group breakfast, it’s time to say our farewells and go our separate ways.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Southeast Trail
Tour starts from:
TBC, New York at 8:00am
Tour ends in:
TBC, New Orleans at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in 2-3 star Hotels twin share and Hostel multishare.
You can upgrade to single upgrade and twin private (min. 2 persons) from MyTrip once you have made a booking.
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Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Spend an afternoon in Washington DC enjoying the Smithsonian Museums which all have free entry
- Learn about America’s revolutionary history in Philadelphia at the Liberty Bell
- Enjoy craft beer at one of Asheville’s burgeoning craft breweries
- Visit Sun Studios in Memphis where it is claimed rock & roll was born
- Listen to live blues on the historic Beale Street, Memphis
- Explore country music's past at the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville
- Step out with the locals on Frenchman street in New Orleans
- Listen to jazz music in its home of the Big Easy, New Orleans
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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