From the celebrated musical destinations of the Deep South to Route 66 – the most famous highway in the USA, our Grand American Adventures trips are a Walk of Fame, introducing you to incredible locations that are associated with some of the biggest names in America and beyond.
1. Elvis Presley – Memphis
Considered one of the most iconic singers of all time – so iconic in fact, he was known as “The King” – Elvis Presley spent his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where his music career first began. Inspired by the lively beats of country music and rhythm & blues, Elvis became an instant hit with his unique voice and electric persona on stage.
Our Deep South tours take in iconic landmarks and places synonymous with Elvis. Whether that’s visiting his final resting place in Graceland, taking a stroll down the Walk of Fame on Beale Street or step inside the Sun Studio and Gibson Factory where some of the world’s best music was recorded.
2. Clint Eastwood – San Francisco
Born in San Francisco in 1930 on the South West Coast of California, Clint Eastwood spent much of his acting career filming in the city in classics such as Dirty Harry and Escape from Alcatraz. Packed with many of America’s much-loved sites, San Francisco’s hilly streets wind among astounding landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf. During our San Francisco tours, you can also take a boat trip out to the infamous Alcatraz Island.
Clint Eastwood is also known for his acting roles in spaghetti westerns, and on our Wild West adventure tours, you can take a walk on the wild side to truly reminisce about some of his most famous scenes.
3. Louis Armstrong – New Orleans
Not only renowned for its wonderful landscapes, the Mississippi River and the Deep South is known for its vibrant music scene, and the epicentre is in New Orleans. Once home to Louis Armstrong, the highly acclaimed Jazz musician, this musical city pays homage to his music and keeps his memory alive.
Our Deep South holiday lets you spend three nights in the colourful city of New Orleans as well as letting you explore Nashville, Memphis and Mississippi.
4. Billie Holiday – New York
Arguably the most famous city in the US, New York is brimming with illustrious landmarks, not to mention its countless restaurants, theatres, shops and galleries. A preeminent culture capital, New York has attracted famous artists and musicians for decades. Among the many cultural icons to call New York home was influential Jazz singer, Eleanor Fagan - better known as Billie Holiday.
The singer-songwriter rose to fame in the vibrant nightclubs of Harlem. The Apollo Theatre was synonymous with the performer, who sang in the venue over 30 times. The sights of Manhattan can be visited on our New York City tour, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty.
5. Harrison Ford – Chicago
Born and raised in the Windy City, actor and producer Harrison Ford has a great connection with Chicago. Situated in Illinois at the start of Route 66, Chicago is the gateway to many iconic destinations, which can be reached from the highway. Travelling across eight states and among some of the most dramatic landscapes, our Route 66 holidays take you to highlights such as Amarillo, the Great Plains, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and Santa Monica.