Went on this tour in October 2016. I was nervous as I had never travelled alone, but that quickly disappeared as our tour group Leader Glen was amazing and everyone got on really from the moment we all met. There is a lot of opportunities to drink on this tour but if you want to there is no pressure to do so.
Day 1: You don't see New York so if you want to see New York, I'd fly out a few days before the tour starts. We left the hotel and set off for Philly. our tour guide was from Philly so he knew a lot about the city. we seen Benjamin franklin's grave, the original presidents house, liberty bell independence hall and of course the rocky steps. We went to reading market terminal for lunch which was totally amazing. Have a walk around everywhere before you decide where to eat. After Philly it was time to head to Washington D.C. we got settled into out hostel and then headed out for dinner. After dinner we then did a night tour of D.C which was amazing to see everything.
Day 2: We had our free day in Washington. Everyone went off either by themselves or in groups. Me and another girl went back around all the main icons in Washington D.C and then went to the national holocaust museum. At night our tour leader told us he was going to a local restaurant that was amazing and invited us to join him - because it's your free day you don't have to go with the group. We went to Ben's chilli bowl which amazing. The chilli dog and cheese fries where amazing!
Day 3: We left Washington, making a quick pit stop at the Martin Luther King Jr memorial and a quick visit to the national space and air museum. We were held up with traffic so we only had about 30 mins to walk in the Apalachian Mountains. Today is really a drive day. we stopped at Walmart to get some snacks and drinks before heading to dinner and then to our motel where we went and played drinking games and had such a laugh in someones room.
Day 4-5: on our way to Nashville, we stopped in Knockville - this is not part of the tour, every tour does it differently. We seen a concert in Knockville which was free and we were on the radio. Then we had lunch in Knockville before heading to Nashville. Once in Nashville we headed our hostel. This hostel was amazing. It has a kitchen a snooker table, Foose ball table and a fridge full of beer, juice and water for people there. We didn't line our first night as the saloon was booked out for a private party. Our tour leader made us dinner at the hostel, got changed and headed out. Nashville is so cool. I'm not a big drinker but I still had a great night.
The next day was our free day. Again everyone either went their own ways or stay in groups. Me, another girl and another couple had breakfast at another broken egg cafe - amazing pancakes there - and then went to the Johnny cash museum which was amazing. We then went round the shops for souvenirs. We then went back to the hostel, got changed and went line saying with the whole group. Line dancing was so much fun and if your at the wild horse saloon have a cornonita - a margarita and a corona. After line dancing we went to the bridge to watch the sunset and then headed out for dinner. Nobody really felt like going out that night, so went back to the hostel and had a pool competition and bought beer at the hostel.
Day 6-7: We left Nashville and headed straight for Memphis. We arrived in Memphis and went straight to Sun Studios. This place was amazing and has a lot of history. After sun studios we headed to a supermarket that also sold hold and cold foot. We grabbed food and headed for Graceland. We had lunch just outside in the picnic area and then headed in. i'm a huge Elvis fan so this was amazing. After Graceland it was time to head to the hotel and head out for dinner. Glen took us to Memphis bbq just beside the national civil rights museum. it was quite far away from the hotel but glen drove us and it was worth it. After dinner no one really felt like going out so went back our hotel and went to someones room to watch the presidential debate. The next day our tour leader drove us all over to the national civil rights museum - it's about a 20 min walk from the hotel. The place was amazing and really opened your eyes. After that we all walked back to our hotel and found that a park nearby was lined with dozens of food trucks. We all picked something different and it was amazing. While we were there, a man was handing out free samples for a cupcake store across the street. We took one just to try and oh my god it was the best cupcake ever. So after a lunch of bbq chicken nachos, we all head to the cupcake store. The owner was lovely and asked was all where we from and had a laugh with us. I had a vanilla cupcake with peanut butter frosting and m&m's. It was the best thing ever. We then headed to the Memphis pyramid. I've never seen anything like this. It's an outdoor sports gear shop but in the shape of pyramid with a hotel, restaurant and alligators in it. It was cool to see.After that some of us were pretty tired and headed back to the hotel before dinner, while the rest went to see the peabody ducks or the rock and soul museum. We all met up in the lobby with Glen and went for dinner. we went to a place not far from the hotel and had featured on Man vs food. The food was again amazing.
Day 8-9: We left Nashville and headed for New Orleans. Today is a very long drive day so have a book or good playlist ready. When we arrived New Orleans was so much more prettier than what I expected. Once we got to the hotel, we got changed and headed out. We a specific route as we were going a Ghost tour the next day and we had to see where to meet. We then headed onto bourbon street. I did like bourbon street. All you could smell was Marijuana and people were falling about all over the place. Glen showed us the french quarter and then headed for dinner at Oceana grill which was really good. Shrimp Alfredo was amazing. Glen then also took us to cafe du monte for Beignets. If you don't try these, you are missing out! After this a few of us jumped in a taxi home and the rest stayed out. The next morning, Glen was a going to a sugar plantation and invited us with him. A few of us went with him and i'm glad I did. The house was beautiful but to see the slave quarters was an eye opener. Glen then dropped us at the hotel, then me and other girl went to the voodoo museum and did some shopping before heading back to the hotel to chill before we meet for our ghost tour. The ghost tour was amazing. Nothing jumps out at your or visiting graves. Its all about why people believe the buildings are haunted and some of the stories for really interesting. After our tour, we wait for an hour to get into a restaurant called coops. Am hour seems like a long time but Glen promised us it would be worth it. He was right! The jambalaya was amazing. No one really wanted to go out drinking so we went to cafe du monte for more Beignets and then headed back to the hotel.
Day 10: We left New Orleans, stopping at a supermarket to get drinks and snacks for the beach, then heading off to destiny beach. We stopped on the way at Mobile to see the USS Arizona and take a walk on one of the piers. Again not in the tour and guide stops at different places. We got to the beach around 3pm, which gave us enough time to chill and not be to hot. Some stayed on the beach longer and the rest of us went for a game of mini golf nearby. I won! We then headed to our hotel and decided to order in pizza and have it in the hotel area as they have tables, chairs, vending machines and coffee machine.
Day 11- 12: We head for Orlando. Today is another really long drive day. We arrived at our hotel around 4pm and this hotel is a resort. Has a pool, pizza hut, buffet and arcade. Half the group stayed at the hotel to relax and the rest of us went with our tour leader for dinner in downtown Disney and did some shopping. The next day was never mixed. Some people went to water parks, some went to different Disney parks and the rest of us went to universal and islands of adventure. i'd been to Universal and the other theme park before and loved it again this time around. Like a big kid! We left the park at 7 and went to margarita ville in city walk which was amazing. Glen picked us up and we all met to have a final drink at the hotel.
Day 13: We left Orlando and headed for Miami. We stopped at a little cuban cafe for lunch which was amazing. Glen didn't just drop us at the hotel. He took us on a tour of little havana and the best ice cream shop in Havana. W then went to our hotel and arrived about 4pm. We said goodbye to Glen as he had to go to another city for another tour. The rest of us just chilled and then met up in a restaurant to have a final meal together. Was emotional saying goodbye.
Best two weeks of my life!!!