Great North Music Tour
Duration: 12 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £2199pp
Chicago 2 nights
Detroit 1 night
Cleveland 2 nights
Pittsburgh 1 night
Philadelphia 2 nights
New York City 2 nights
Boston 2 nights
Day 1: Fly to Chicago. On arrival proceed to your hotel.
Day 2 Chicago: Chicago’s music history is firmly rooted in Jazz and Blues, but the diverse music scene offers a variety of genres as well as a thriving musical theatre hub and annual festivals. Perhaps take in a jazz or big band performance; see top acts at the United Centre, Allstate Arena or the Chicago Theatre, or enjoy eclectic line-ups and up-and-coming performers in the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Logan Square neighbourhoods. Away from music, notable sights include Navy Pier, Millennium Park, the views from SkyDeck or 360 Chicago and the shops along the Magnificent Mile.
Day 3 Chicago/Detroit: Collect your car and follow the spectacular shoreline of Lake Michigan to South Bend and on to the vibrant university town of Ann Arbor. Continue to Detroit, known both as “Motor City” and the birthplace of Motown music. At the Motown Museum, view artefacts and see where Stevie Wonder, the Supremes and Marvin Gaye recorded hits, while jazz lovers can hear live music nightly at Cliff Bell’s, a restored art-deco nightclub (281 miles).
Day 4 Detroit/Cleveland: Follow the shores of Lake Erie to Toledo where you can stop to visit the Toledo Museum of Art. For a more daring outing, drive about an hour to Cedar Point Amusement Park for thrill rides on nearly 20 roller coasters. Continue on to Cleveland, where the phrase “rock ‘n’ roll” was coined by a radio disc jockey (170 miles).
Day 5 Cleveland: Go inside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to learn about rock music’s biggest acts. Browse the West Side Market, take a stroll in the Cleveland Botanical Garden or enjoy the exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This evening, perhaps visit venues such as Beachland Ballroom & Tavern or the Music Box Supper Club to discover the city’s vibrant music scene.
Day 6 Cleveland/Pittsburgh: Travel to Pittsburgh, which has a thriving music scene. The Cultural District has plenty of large concert venues as well as tons of festivals throughout the year, most of which offer live music. Those with roots in the city include Christina Aguilera, Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads, Bret Michaels and Wiz Khalifa. Venues to see Pittsburgh’s newest up-and-comers include Brillobox, Park House and Club Cafe. For bigger shows, check out Stage AE, Heinz Hall or PPG Paints Arena (134 miles).
Day 7 Pittsburgh/Philadelphia: Travel through the Pennsylvania Amish Country for a glimpse into the horse- and-buggy lifestyle before reaching Philadelphia, known as the birthplace of the USA (304 miles).
Day 8 Philadelphia: See the Liberty Bell, visit the Independence National Historic Park or one of the
many museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Musically speaking, Philadelphia’s rock, rap, jazz and pop venues showcase some of the world’s most talked- about musicians. Look out for free concerts at the outdoor Piazza at Schmidts in the Northern Liberties downtown neighbourhood or immerse yourself in local culture at one of the many outdoor festivals.
Day 9 Philadelphia/New York City: Travel north to the Big Apple, New York City, where some of the most iconic American music originated. Whether you prefer dimly lit underground clubs in Greenwich Village, the elegance of Carnegie Hall or Radio City Music Hall, or mainstream venues like Madison Square Garden or Broadway theatres, you can find it here (94 miles).
Day 10 New York City: Allow time to explore the city’s world-famous landmarks, enjoy some shopping and take a stroll in Central Park. Before you leave town, pay homage to John Lennon at Strawberry Fields, and visit the Apollo Theatre, the world-famous venue in Harlem.
Day 11 New York City/Boston: Travel onwards to Boston, which may be historic but definitely not old- fashioned when it comes to music (215 miles).
Day 12 Boston: Take a stroll along the Freedom Trail which passes many of the city’s significant sites. If time allows, venture to the waterfront Seaport District for dining, lodging, breweries and a plethora of bars and pubs featuring live music. Catch big-name touring acts a variety of venues or, tone it down with a classy night enjoying the Boston Symphony Orchestra or Boston Lyric Opera.
Day 13 Boston: Return your rental car at the airport where the tour concludes with your onward journey.
Accommodation: In 3* hotels.
Meals: Room only.
Tour price: The price shown for this tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights to Chicago and from Boston, compact 4 door car with fully inclusive insurance and 12 nights accommodation.
Why not tour by Motorhome?
Great North Music Tour is also available with a motorhome rather than a car. The price shown includes return international flights, one pre-night in Chicago and a C19 motorhome for 12 days.
14 night self-drive motorhome tour from £1549pp