Jazz Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans by rail
This rail journey is just perfect for music lovers! Join our Jazz, Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll tour and you will set out on a musical journey from north to south. Follow the Mighty Mississippi as you roll past the wheat and corn fields of Illinois through the snowy-white cotton fields of Mississippi.
Chicago most known as the windy city is unknowingly self-acquainted with a large blues music scene, where they host a blues festival every year. no matter your musical taste, you will find it live in Chicago every night of the week. You will be able to choose from more than 200 live music venues and clubs, with everything from intimate musical experiences to major concert venues and historic music halls. Make sure you also visit some of the city’s iconic attractions such as the Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park, the Ledge glass balcony at Skydeck Chicago off the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, and the new Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier. Interactive, educational museums abound in Chicago, from The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Memphis is your next stop after an overnight stay on Amtrak’s journey from North to South. In this pilgrimage city for music-lovers, tour Sun Studio to stand where Blues and Rock legends such as B.B. King and Elvis Presley recorded some of their earliest hits. For an intimate look at Presley’s life, tour his Graceland estate. At the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the rhythm shifts to Soul and Gospel. View memorabilia from Stax artists including Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes, whose gold-plated Cadillac is displayed. For a sampling of Memphis’ contemporary sounds, walk Beale Street, where live music seems to drift from every open door. The aroma of barbecue fills the air, too. Savour local specialties that include dry-rubbed ribs and smoked pulled-pork sandwiches.
New Orleans is your final stop on this musical journey. New Orleans with its centuries-old cottages and elaborate, historic cemeteries, the city is a photographer’s delight. Join a stroll through the historic French Quarter or take a tour of New Orleans’ cemeteries, voodoo and ghost lore. New Orleans is also a musical city. At Preservation Hall, a rotating line-up of fabulous musicians plays traditional New Orleans Jazz in the most intimate, acoustic environment. Queue up early for standing-room-only space or plan to purchase one of the venue’s limited seats. Elsewhere in the city, Frenchmen Street is a hub for live music, lined with venues such as The Spotted Cat Music Club. The cosy room packs as many as three bands nightly, spotlighting various forms of Jazz.
Please find our suggested length of stays below:
Chicago - 2 nights
Overnight Onboard Amtrak - 1 nights
Memphis - 3 nights
New Orleans - 3 nights
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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. In the heart of the Midwest, Chicago boasts soaring skyscrapers, 77 colourful neighbourhoods, 42 kilometres of lakefront with 26 beaches and 580 parks and green spaces. 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. If it is music you have come for, you’ll find everything from live music venues to outdoor events like Millennium Park concerts, Lollapalooza and the Chicago Blues and Jazz Festivals. For nightlife, head to the many cocktail lounges, sports bars or dance clubs that dot the entertainment landscape.
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. From gritty, glittering Beale Street to makeshift recording ...
New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities – it is 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;...