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New York to Miami Adventure

New York to Miami Adventure

From $ 5,220 AUD

Description

Hit the road on a historical, scenic and musical pilgrimage from New York to Miami over 13 days. Admire the profound monuments of the USA’s capital, wind through the jaw-dropping Appalachian Mountains, hit up the live music along Honky-Tonk Highway, cruise the murky swamplands of the Mississippi and hit up buzzing Bourbon Street. Chill out in the Florida Panhandle, seek thrills in Orlando and boogie down in Miami. This carefully designed route encompasses everything from political history to musical legacies – and with less drive time and more jive time, you’re guaranteed to maximise your experiences in the essential destinations.

Trip Name
New York to Miami Adventure
Last Updated
2024-04-14
Days
13
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Discover the museums, memorials and monuments along the American History trail – from the significant sites of Philadelphia to the capital-city icons of Washington DC.
  • Pump up your camping experience in the jaw-dropping Appalachian Mountains. Share stories around the campfire in a truly spectacular spot.
  • Choose to cruise the murky marshlands of Honey Island and spot resident alligators in what’s considered to be one of the most natural and unspoiled river swamps in the country.
  • Get into the groove of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, lively cities notorious for their rich music and nightlife scenes.
  • Round off your adventure in Miami – bursting with beautiful beaches, great food and Cuban culture, there’s heaps of fun to be had.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - New York to Washington D.C.
Your adventure begins near New York City (Jersey City), where you’ll meet up with your local leader and the travel buddies joining you on your journey. After a welcome meeting to find out what lies ahead, leave the Big Apple behind and begin your journey south. Your first stop is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city. Here your leader will introduce you to Philly’s history and highlights, including the Old City, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps, made famous by the film ‘Rocky’. Enjoy some downtime to explore the city yourself, then hit the road and continue to the country’s capital, Washington, D.C.
Day 2 - Washington D.C
Bursting with brilliant museums, monuments and historical sites, there’s so much to uncover in Washington D.C. To familiarise yourself with this storied city, your day begins with an bicycle orientation tour with your leader. Once you’ve got your bearings, the rest of the day is free for your own discoveries. Your leader is on hand to help plan out a fantastic day here. Take your pick of the city’s almost hundred museums – spanning a huge range of subjects, there really is something for everyone here. Of course the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, MLK Monument, FDR and Jefferson Memorials are all well worth a visit too. This evening, perhaps head down to the Georgetown neighbourhood along the Potomac River and grab a drink or bite to eat.
Day 3 - Appalachian Mountains
Say goodbye to the capital and venture onwards, heading into the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachians. Stop and stretch your legs with a guided walk at Shenandoah National Park – this is one of the highest points of the Appalachians and the views are seriously impressive. Back on the road, make sure you’ve got your camera ready as you continue your journey along Skyline Drive, a mountain highway that weaves through deep woods and serves up some super scenic views. Tonight will be spent camping in the Appalachian Mountains, so settle in for a memorable night in a spectacular spot beneath the stars.
Day 4 - Nashville
Head south this morning to the USA's Country Music Capital ‐ Nashville, Tennessee. Once settled, join your leader on a short orientation tour of Nashville's Downtown area, focusing on the bustling entertainment hub of Broadway, a famed strip renowned for the honky tonk bars which offer live music every day of the week. The rest of the day is at your leisure, so perhaps check out some iconic music venues like Grand Ole Opry House and the Ryman Auditorium. The Wildhorse Saloon is a great spot in the evening to experience authentic southern food and live music.
Day 5 - Nashville
The day is all yours to really get to know Nashville. You may like to pay a visit to the city’s colourful murals, featuring emblems of the Nashville and positive messages – perfect backdrops for some pictures to remember your trip. Perhaps check out the Country Music Hall of Fame, home to the golden Cadillac that once belonged to Elvis. The beloved Goo Goo candy store is a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth. Nashville is known for its creative and innovative food scene, so be sure to ask your leader for tips on the best places to get a taste of the city.
Day 6 - Memphis
Say goodbye to the glitz and glamour of 'Nashvegas' this morning as you continue your musical pilgrimage to the birthplace of rock and roll: Memphis, Tennessee. Join your leader on a short walking tour to familiarise yourself with the city. You'll head down bustling Beale Street, where traditional blues clubs and ritzier tourist traps rub shoulders – but don't worry, your leader will give you the lowdown on which bars are worth a look. The rest of the day is free to explore. If you have time, a must‐see in Memphis is Sun Studio, the 'Birthplace of Rock', which boasts the first recordings of legendary performers like Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. For those with an interest in history, there's the National Civil Rights Museum (at the former Lorraine Motel) where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. This evening, why not head out for a famous Memphis‐style barbecue.
Day 7 - New Orleans
It’s a long drive today as you head across the state of Mississippi and prepare to get down in New Orleans AKA the ‘Big Easy’ (approximately 8 hours). Get back to nature with a stop at Honey Island and perhaps opt for a tour down one of the least-altered river swamps in the country. It's pretty much in its original condition, almost a pristine wilderness and home to a variety of critters. Residents include nutrias (river rats), snakes and wild boars – spot alligators sunbathing on the banks and absorb the incredible scenery as you cruise through the eerie marshland. Continue your drive into New Orleans – with a mix of Creole, Cajun and European culture reflected in the city’s architecture, cuisine and music there’s plenty to explore and do. On arrival, your leader will point you in the direction of all the major attractions on a short walk of the eclectic French Quarter, the historic heart of the city, famous for its cast-iron balconies and vivacious nightlife. The rest of the time is yours! Perhaps take a walk down rowdy Bourbon Street or through the former plantation area of the Garden District, or head out for a typical Cajun-style dinner.
Day 8 - New Orleans
With no activities planned today and so much to explore in New Orleans, why not dig further into the rich and varied flavours that make New Orleans a food-lover’s haven on a French Quarter Food Tour. Or, (if you’re over the ripe old age of 21) get to grips with the city’s outstanding cocktail culture and sip away on your favourite concoctions on the New Orleans Cocktail Tour.
Day 9 - Destin, FL
The adventure continues as you leave New Orleans and drive on to Destin, Florida. This coastal city, located in Florida’s panhandle, is known for its powdery white sand beaches and inviting turquoise waters. Spend the afternoon chilling out at Henderson Beach State Park – unroll your beach towel and get horizontal, cool off with dips in the sea or explore the sugar-like sand dunes.
Day 10 - Orlando
Leave Destin behind today and head into the heart of Florida to Orlando! Most known for its world-class amusement parks, the city is worth visiting in its own right. There are loads of lovely parks and museums, plus plenty of fun places to eat or pick up a cocktail. If there's time on arrival, you may like to go out and explore the town.
Day 11 - Orlando
Today is a free day to explore Orlando's famous amusement parks and attractions. (at own expense) Most people opt for Walt Disney World or Universal Studios, but there are a host of other parks that might take your fancy. Islands of Adventure is one of the world's best theme parks and if the weather is nice, Orlando has a handful of water parks such as Wet'n Wild, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Each park is a full day's worth of action, so choose wisely. If theme parks aren’t your thing, your leader will have tips on the best way to spend a day here.
Day 12 - Miami
Continue your journey south to Miami – this animated city has so much to offer, from its charming Art Deco architecture to gorgeous beaches and rich Cuban culture. On arrival, get a taste of Miami’s Cuban side as you join your leader on a walk through the Little Havana neighbourhood. Stroll its colourful streets as the residents sip coffee, smoke cigars and play dominos. Later on, you may like to make the most of your final evening and dive into Miami’s nightlife scene. With salsa halls, rooftop bars and late-night food trucks, there’s a great time to be had here.
Day 13 - Miami
Your trip ends today and you are free to leave at any time after checkout. If you’d like to stay in Miami longer, just speak to your booking agent.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
12-08-202424-08-2024AUD $ 5,220-
19-08-202431-08-2024AUD $ 5,220-

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (7 nights),Hotel (2 nights),Hostel (Multishare) (3 nights)

Transport

Private van

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