East Coast Blues Tour (Self-Drive)

16 days
Difficulty Level
4200 km

East Coast Blues Tour (Self-Drive)

Embark on a captivating 16-day Self-Drive Tour along the historic East Coast of the United States, filled with unparalleled music experiences. This journey takes you on a magical ride through some of the most iconic and scenic routes in the country, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, the thrilling Tail of the Dragon, the Cherohala Scenic Skyway, the Devil’s Triangle, and the Diamondback, among other top-rated back roads.

In addition to the exhilarating rides, you’ll dive deep into the heart of the legendary Blues District, visiting New Orleans, Memphis, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and traveling the famed Blues Route along Highway 61. These destinations are steeped in musical history, offering a unique glimpse into the soul of American music.

As you make your way to the stunning Smoky Mountains, the tour includes stops in Homosassa, the Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum, and a two-night stay in Nashville, the undisputed Music City. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B, the Grand Ole Opry, the Johnny Cash Museum, and Music Drive, among other attractions. This tour promises a rich tapestry of musical heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and unforgettable road-tripping experiences.


Motorcycle/Car rental w/unlimited milage
1st choice vehicle model class
Shared room in biker-friendly hotels
Continental breakfast at most hotels
Entrance fees Nat. parks
Welcome meeting
Multi-lingual Tour leader
Transport to rental company
Support van w/ luggage
State min. SLI insurance
Loss damage Waiver
Half-shell helmet
Tour PDF w/route description.
Pictures from the tour
NOT Included
Optional attractions
Vehicle model guarantee
Security deposit for LDW
Food and beverages
LDW Zero & insurance upgrades
Anything not listed in “Included” above



Day 1: Arrival Orlando, Florida

After a long anticipation, the day of your departure has finally arrived: Welcome to Orlando!


Day 2: Orlando - Homosassa

(Driving day 1: 192 km/120 miles)

Embark on your bike for the East Coast & Blue Ridge Parkway Adventure tour spanning 4,200 km (2,600 miles). Bid farewell to Orlando as you head westward, passing the serene Lake Apopka. Your journey includes a visit to the renowned Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, offering insight into the sport’s captivating origins and development. Following a satisfying lunch, traverse the scenic route along Florida’s west coast until you reach your final stop: Homosassa.


Day 3: Homosassa - Destin

(Driving day 2: 550 km/343 miles)

Embark on a breathtaking journey today as you traverse the stunning Florida coast and its pristine beaches. Your adventure kicks off with a scenic drive through the majestic Apalachicola National Forest, setting the stage for the awe-inspiring sights along Cape San Blas. As you continue your ride, be prepared to be captivated by the beauty of Mexico Beach and Panama City Beach, each offering its own unique charm.

Your route culminates in the vibrant destination of Destin, where you’ll indulge in the serenity of a delightful evening on the pier. Join us for a memorable experience as we soak in the coastal splendor and create lasting memories against the backdrop of this picturesque seaside haven.


Day 4: Destin - New Orlèans

(Driving day 3: 433 km/268 miles)

Your journey takes you along the stunning Gulf Coast, skirting the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, through the American states of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. As you travel, you’ll pass through scenic harbors, cross over bridges, and meander through charming areas like Moss Point, Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis. Your coastal adventure leads you to the legendary city of New Orleans, where you’ll check into your hotel in the historic French Quarter. For dinner, we suggest heading to the renowned Bourbon Street, offering the perfect backdrop for an evening immersed in the authentic New Orleans experience. Welcome to one of the most vibrant and exhilarating cities in the United States.


Day 5: New Orléans

(Fun and explorer day)

Today, you’ll delve into the heart of New Orleans, a city renowned as one of the globe’s most captivating metropolises. New Orleans boasts a singular fusion of historical influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, and beyond, crafting a dazzling tapestry of culture, cuisine, and music. Prepare to indulge in hearty servings of gumbo, spend long nights immersed in the soulful rhythms of jazz and blues clubs, wander through historic neighborhoods, and revel in the city’s year-round festivals. This exploration promises a rich, unforgettable experience in a city where every corner tells a story.


Day 6: New Orléans - Vicksburg

(Driving day 4: 389 km/243 miles)

Today, your journey takes you north on Hwy 61, also known as The Blues Route, towards Baton Rouge and the historic city of Vicksburg, your final destination for the day. Vicksburg holds significant importance in American history, particularly during the Civil War. It was the site of a legendary battle where Generals Grant and Lee collaborated in the war’s final stages. You have the opportunity to visit the National Monument and Old Courthouse, immersing yourself in the historic atmosphere. Additionally, you can explore the Coca-Cola Museum, as Vicksburg proudly boasts of being the birthplace of the famous drink. It was here that the first bottle was produced by the Biedenharn Candy Company. As evening falls, enjoy the vibrant ambiance of one of the city’s lively blues clubs, rounding off your day in Vicksburg with musical delight.


Day 7: Vicksburg - Memphis

(Driving day 5: 357 km/223 miles)

Today’s journey takes you north on Highway 61, famously dubbed “The Blues Highway.” Your first stop is the renowned “Gateway to the Blues” in Tunica, where you can visit the Blues visitor center and museum, immersing yourself in the rich history and culture of this iconic genre. As you continue along the highway, you’ll reach “The Crossroads,” the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 49. This spot holds significant symbolism, particularly in relation to Robert Johnson’s legendary 1936 blues song. Johnson, often referred to as the “Father of The Blues,” famously sang about selling his soul to the devil at this crossroads to become a master blues musician. The song performed solo with acoustic guitar in the Delta blues style, has become ingrained in Johnson’s mythology and has been covered by artists such as Elmore James and Eric Clapton. Highway 61, also immortalized by Bob Dylan in his album “Highway 61 Revisited,” continues to serve as a symbol of the enduring legacy of blues music.


Day 8: Memphis - Graceland - Nashville

(Driving day 6: 396 km/248 miles)

Welcome to one of the tour’s absolute highlights! Today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Graceland, the iconic home of the legendary King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley. Graceland served as Elvis’s primary residence from 1958 until his passing in 1977. It was here that he was discovered unresponsive in the bathroom by his fiancée, Ginger Alden, on the afternoon of August 16, 1977. Today, Graceland opens its doors to the public, welcoming thousands of pilgrims annually who come to experience how “The King” lived. Visitors also pay their respects at his gravesite, located within the expansive park at Graceland, where Elvis is laid to rest alongside his parents and one of his grandmothers. Spend the morning immersing yourself in the captivating story of this remarkable man and artist. By the end of your visit, you’ll undoubtedly agree: “The King still lives.”

Filled with profound impressions from Graceland, you’ll journey onward to another of the world’s most influential music cities—Nashville, often referred to as “Music City.” Here, you’ll have the opportunity to spend the evening exploring the famous Music Drive, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere and rich musical heritage that defines this iconic city.


Day 9: Nashville

(Fun and explorer day)

Today is a day tailor-made for enthusiasts of melody and rhythm. Embrace the freedom to design your day around the musical heartbeat of Nashville. Whether you’re drawn to meander through the vibrant streets of this iconic city, immerse yourself in the lively music scenes along Music Drive, or delve into the city’s profound musical heritage, the day is yours to savor.

For those keen on a deep dive into the roots of country music, a visit to the esteemed “Country Music Hall of Fame” is the perfect starting point. Follow this with a journey through “RCA Studio B,” hallowed ground where Elvis Presley recorded numerous hit tracks, adding a rich layer to your musical exploration. Cap off your day with a stop at the fascinating “Johnny Cash Museum,” dedicated to the life and music of the legendary “Man in Black.” This day in Nashville promises a symphony of experiences for the music lover in you.


Day 10: Nashville - Sevierville

(Driving day 7: 386 km/241 miles)

Departing from Nashville with a heart full of fun and joyful memories, you set your sights on the renowned Great Smoky Mountains National Park, known as the most visited national park in the US. Prepare for an exhilarating journey along some of the finest motorcycle roads you’ll ever encounter. As you traverse winding paths through picturesque landscapes, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views and unforgettable riding experiences. Your adventure reaches its peak as you conquer the awe-inspiring Devil’s Triangle, a thrilling route renowned among motorcycle enthusiasts.  As the sun begins to set, your destination awaits in Sevierville, where you can anticipate a cozy evening, setting the stage for the remarkable adventure that lies ahead.


Day 11: Sevierville - Smoky Mountains

(Driving day 8: 339 km/210 miles)

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable day that promises to etch itself into your memories forever! Today, you’re set to explore some of the most iconic motorcycle routes not only in the United States but in the world. Your expedition will take you along the renowned US 129, better known as the “Tail of The Dragon,” celebrated as the #3 best motorcycle road in the nation. Additionally, you’ll traverse the magnificent “Cherohala Skyway,” which holds the #7 spot.

It’s important to be aware that the “Tail of The Dragon” is notorious for its higher incidence of motorcycle accidents due to its challenging nature. Therefore, we strongly advise caution while navigating these roads. Despite the challenges, immerse yourself in the journey, soak up the vibrant energy, and enjoy every moment of this exhilarating experience.

If you prefer a day of leisure, Sevierville offers the perfect opportunity to relax by the pool or engage in some retail therapy at the Tanger Outlet, conveniently located just a stone’s throw away from your hotel. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline or tranquility, today promises to be a day well spent.


Day 12: Smoky Mountains- Little Switzerland

(Driving day 9:323 km/202 miles)

Welcome to a day that promises to become a highlight in your travel diary! Today marks the beginning of an exhilarating full-day journey along the majestic Blue Ridge Parkway, celebrated as the #2 best motorcycle road in the United States. Words hardly do justice to the splendor of this route—it’s an adventure that demands to be experienced firsthand.

Your adventure kicks off with a visit to the “Wheels Through Time” museum, a treasure trove housing the world’s finest collection of rare American motorcycles, memorabilia, and a distinctive assortment of unique American automobiles. Dive deep into the storied past and exquisite craftsmanship that has propelled the evolution of these remarkable vehicles.

As dusk approaches, you’ll find yourself in the charming, European-inspired mountain village of Little Switzerland. It’s the perfect spot to soak in the stunning vistas, culminating a day rich with natural beauty and immersed in the deep heritage of motorcycle culture.


Day 13: Little Switzerland - Savannah

(Driving day 10: 303 km/309 miles)

Your day begins with an exhilarating journey along “The Diamondback” (Hwy 226A), promising yet another thrilling ride. After this exciting adventure, you’ll chart your course toward Savannah and the captivating Florida coast. Along the way, you carve out time for a unique stop that brings a touch of Europe to your journey, as you visit charming spots reminiscent of Norway and Denmark. Get ready for a day filled with excitement, scenic beauty, and cultural exploration.


Day 14: Savannah - St.Augustine

(Driving day 11: 303 km/188 miles)

Today, your journey takes a southern turn, guiding you toward the inviting warmth of Florida’s beaches. Before you reach St. Augustine, you’ll embark on a scenic drive along the renowned Highway 1. Your final destination for the day is the historic city of St. Augustine, once the capital of Florida and now a prominent tourist hotspot. Get ready for a delightful evening as you immerse yourself in the charm and rich history of this captivating city, where every corner holds a story waiting to be discovered.


Day 15: St.Augustine - Daytona Beach - Orlando

(Driving day 12: 204 km/128 miles)

Today’s journey leads you alongside the majestic Atlantic Ocean to Daytona’s renowned “Biker” Beach. Along the route, you’ll embark on the famous “Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail,” a 50 km double loop road that traverses some of the most breathtaking and diverse scenery in Northeast Florida. “The Loop” offers a unique experience unlike any other ride, allowing you to revel in the freedom, sunshine, open road, and graceful curves that make it a dream for motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere. This comfortable ride is a must for those who appreciate the allure of an open highway and Florida’s natural beauty. After completing this unforgettable leg of your journey, you’ll begin the final stretch to return your bike, reflecting on the incredible experiences and memories made along the way.


Day 16: Departure Orlando - Home Travel

Bid farewell to Orlando as you conclude your journey and head home. Thank you for selecting our East Coast Self-Drive Tour. We hope your adventure was filled with unforgettable moments and that we’ve provided you with an experience that will linger in your memories for years to come. Safe travels back, and we look forward to welcoming you on another journey soon!


Please note: Due to time differences, travelers from Europe will arrive home on the date or day after departing from the US.

Additionally: It’s essential to understand that while our itinerary outlines a comprehensive framework for the tour’s planned activities and experiences, deviations may occur. The beauty of a self-drive tour lies in the personal freedom it offers. You are in control, serving as your own guide. This flexibility allows you to choose whether to stick to our suggested path or venture off into detours that catch your eye. Your adventure is yours to shape, providing an opportunity to make the trip uniquely yours, filled with unexpected discoveries and personal highlights.