Discover the musical roots of the deep South with a visit to the iconic cities of New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville. Our Deep South USA multi-centre holidays takes you to some of the area’s top destinations.
The three cities combine beautifully to create a holiday that focuses on the musical history of jazz, blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll and bluegrass.
Not only have New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville welcomed some of the biggest musical legends in history to their stages, they’re also home to some of the most iconic musical moments in the USA’s history.
Music lovers will begin their route in New Orleans, a party city known as the birthplace of Jazz. The earliest type was Dixieland, otherwise known as traditional jazz. In New Orleans, you can discover the history behind the music, learning about both older and more contemporary forms of Jazz.
Next, you’ll head to Memphis, which is known as the Blues capital. Here you’ll uncover an authentic charm to the city, as well as a more modern touch. Visit one of the many bars where you can treat your eardrums to the sounds of authentic Blues tunes.
Finish your musical venture in Nashville, which is famously known for its country music. Filled with country themed attractions and musical events, there’s nowhere better to visit for a heel kicking good time dancing to catching country tunes than this legendary city.
- Explore three lively American cities, each with their own rich musical history
- Admire stunning Tennessee landscapes including pine forests, rushing rivers and looming mountains
- Discover a back catalogue of blues, country and jazz music
- Dance the night away at late night parties with authentic local music in each city
Start your Journey
Known as one of the USA’s biggest party cities, in New Orleans your senses will be awakened with fantastic jazz and blues music and scrumptious Cajun fare.
A visit to the city’s beating heart, the French Quarter, is a must. Here you’ll explore the tiny narrow streets, dine on spicy Cajun cuisine and party all night in atmospheric bars and clubs that spin out authentic blues and jazz.
Head to the city’s most famous spot, Bourbon Street, for a wild party atmosphere that will encourage you to drink, dance and party until the early hours of the morning.
For a dose of culture and a break from the overindulgence, visit the Jazz National Historic Park. Here you’ll learn about the history and heritage of jazz culture in New Orleans. You can also embark on a trolly ride that navigates through the Garden District. You’ll have the chance to admire the stately homes you travel past.
Found on the Mississippi River, Memphis is a city known as the ‘Home of the Blues’. A diverse destination, Memphis combines the authentic charm of the Old South with a contemporary and modern pace.
To treat your eardrums to the sweet sounds of authentic blues, bar hop along the city’s renowned Beale Street, visiting bars playing different forms of blues. Beale Street is one of America’s most iconic musical streets and is filled with some of the finest live music in the world.
A visit to the Sun Studios is a must for any music lover. This is where Elvis Presley recorded his very first track. It’s also where icons including Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Harris first kick started their musical careers.
Another fascinating experience is a visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s luxurious former home. Wander the grounds of his mansion, pristine private gardens, plane and more as you discover how the legend lived.
Finish your musical multi-centre holiday in the USA’s South with a visit to Nashville, the capital of country music.
Full of country music themed attractions, music lovers will keep busy by visiting spots like the Country Music Hall of Fame. Featuring interactive exhibits and being home to one of the world’s biggest musical collections, it’s easy to spend a whole day discovering all that the museum has to offer.
For world class musical performances, head to the Grand Ole Opry, a weekly country music concert stage. This is where some of the biggest and best names in the business play.
And for a more laid back musical experience, head to Music Row, the beating heart of Nashville’s country music scene. The historical district is home to record label offices, recording studios and radio stations, as well as plenty of bars where local bands and musicians play. As you roam the streets, you’ll soon discover that famous country stars are honoured with street names in the area.
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