The Blues Highway

11 day self-drive holiday exploring the delta blues and Deep South

Includes flights from UK, car hire and accommodation
Fly into Nashville and out of New Orleans
You’ll drive approximately 750 miles in total
 Includes Memphis, Clarksdale, Vicksburg & New Orleans
Extra days can easily be added or we can shorten the trip if preferred
Your full road trip pack and itinerary will be sent to you
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Flying into Nashville, you’ll spend a couple of nights enjoying Music City before heading down to Memphis, the home of Elvis and of course Graceland. You’ll then roughly follow the Mississippi River and Route 61, otherwise known as the Blues Highway south through Vicksburg and on to New Orleans, known as The Big Easy and famous for Mardi Gras, southern food and jazz.

All our road trips can be shortened or extra nights added or modified with upgraded hotels, car etc. We love building tailor made trips!


Your Itinerary

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Days 1 - 3:
Nashville - Music City

Fly into Nashville for your first 3 nights, the home of country music. Major attractions include the Country Music Hall of Fame, historic RCA Studio B and the Johnny Cash Museum. In the evenings head downtown to watch live music and you must watch a show at the Grand Ole Opry! (pictured)  

Fly into Nashville
Nashville, TN
3 Nights
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Days 4 & 5 

For the next two nights you’ll be in Memphis, not only famous for Blues but also as the home of Elvis. Attractions include the site of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, Sun Studio; often thought of as the birthplace of Rock n Roll and of course Elvis’ Graceland. Food? BBQ of course!

Approx 215 miles
Memphis, TN
 2 Nights
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Day 6:

Heading along legendary Highway 61 and into Mississippi, stop at Tunica for the Gateway to the Blues Museum and lunch before heading down to Clarksdale. According to legend, the great blues guitarist Robert Johnson met the devil at the crossroads of highways 61 and 49 here in Clarksdale

 Approx 75 miles
Clarksdale, MS
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Day 7:

If you have an extra day available, Vicksburg is somewhere you may want to stay 2 nights. Let us know if this is the case. Vicksburg is home to some of the most significant civil war battles and the National Military Park, part of the National Parks Service. 

 Approx 145 miles
Vicksburg, MS
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Days 8 & 9:
The Big Easy

For your final leg of the trip, you’ll head down to the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans. You’ll be here for two nights to enjoy the jazz music and southern hospitality and maybe a riverboat dinner cruise on the Mississippi. You’ll likely find yourself drawn to the French Quarter with its stunning architecture and live music.

Approx 215 miles
New Orleans, LA
2 Nights
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Day 10:
Final Morning

Enjoy your final morning in The Big Easy by perhaps visiting the Garden District or taking one of the many tours. This evening you will drop your car off and get your flight back to the UK.

Fly out of New Orleans
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Day 11:
Arrive back in UK

You’ll arrive back in the UK today. Thank you for booking your road trip with RouteTrip USA.

Arrive back in UK
Fancy an upgrade?

Our standard prices include a small family car, but you can hire a convertible or SUV. Take a look at your car choice here.

We are completely independent and have a wide choice of hotels. We can upgrade some or all of your hotels. Just ask us!

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