We will begin our wonderful tour by making our way to Springfield in the morning hours. While there, we will visit the home of Abraham Lincoln- a place he lived for 17 years. We will also tour the city of Springfield, the State Capitol of Illinois before making our way to St. Louis. In St. Louis, we will visit the Gateway Arch, a 630- foot monument constructed in commemoration of the historical migration and land expansion. We will also visit the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis with its large collection of mosaic.
Hotel: Comfort Inn or equivalent
We will pass by the Mississippi River on our way to Memphis on this day. While at Memphis, the land of music and the biggest city of Tennessee, we will visit Graceland - Elvis Presley’s home. We will then make our way to the hotel nearJackson, Mississippi and call it a day.
Hotel: Ramada Pearl Jackson Airport or equivalent
Today, we will go to the Oak Valley Plantation, a National Historic Landmark in New Orleans. We will explore the 300-year old oak trees before taking a swamp tour to learn of New Orleans’s unique eco-system. At night, feel free to join us on the optional New Orleans night tour for a fee of $25 per person. On this night tour, we will enjoy live jazz performances that are commonplace in New Orleans.
Hotel: La Quinta Inn or equivalent
Day 4: New Orleans-Birmingham
We will continue our visit to New Orleans on Day 4. We will continue to enjoy the birthplace of jazz as well embrace the French Creole culture in the city. Be sure to taste the famed sugar coated donuts as we explore the city’s gorgeous streets. We will then make our way to Alabama via Birmingham. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama and in history. The Kelly Ingram Park serves as a constant reminder of the tears and bloodshed during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Hotel: Days Inn Attalla, Best Western or equivalent
We will make our way to Chattanooga, Tennessee in the morning hours. At Chattanooga, we will visitRock City where we will enjoy breathtaking views of Lookout Mountain. We will then make our way through the Great Smoky Mountains with its abundance of animal and plant life. Leaving the Great SmokyMountains behind, we will make our way to Gatlinburg with its unique shops and boutique hotels.We will enjoy dinner(at your expense) at the Dixie Stampede while we enjoy brilliant shows in the dinner theatre.
Hotel: Clarion Inn, Baymont Inn& Suites or equivalent
We will visitthe ‘Bluegrass State’ of Kentucky today. While there, we will examine the Kentucky Artisan Center which showcases Kentucky’s charming local folk art ware. We will thenvisit the Kentucky Horse Park where we will enjoy the museums and shows that are available. To top the day off, we will make our way to Simpsonville, KY, a shopping outlet with a large number of famous brands at discounted prices.
Hotel: Ramada Louisville, Days Inn or equivalent
We will make our way to Lafayette, Indiana on this day. While there, we will visit Purdue University. We will then make our way to Chicago in the afternoon hours.
Departure and Return Details
08:00 AM 207 W Cermak Rd. Chicago, IL 60616
07:00 PM 207 W Cermak Rd. Chicago, IL 60616