Triple B – Blues, Bourbon, BBQ

Guided Tour 15 Days / 14 Nights
Tour Map
  • 1747.0 mi = 2795.2 km
  • Spring, Fall
  • 55.0 - 105.0°F = 12.8 - 40.6°C

Ride EagleRider’s Blues, Bourbon, and BBQ Tour, and you will find great roads, food, and music at every turn. The rolling mountain roads will have you on cloud nine, while the soulful sounds of the South penetrate to the bone. From New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz, to the Country Music capital of Nashville, all the way to the Chicago Blues, the roads sing the history of America. Nightclubs, juke joints, speakeasys, and honky-tonks abound, and the mouth-watering BBQ and bourbon will satisfy the biggest of appetites. Make sure you pack your Lust for Life in your suitcase, you’re gonna need it!

Tour Itinerary

Welcome to New Orleans, the Big Easy! Retaining much of its French colonial influence, this unique American city is famous around the world for its culture, cuisine, and music. Tonight you’ll get a chance to meet your Tour Guides and the rest of your group at your Welcome Dinner on Bourbon Street, and get ready for the ride of lifetime!
After picking up our bikes in the late morning, we’ll head out and get to know southern Louisiana. We’ll spend the day exploring some backcountry bayous and antebellum (pre-Civil War) Plantations and gardens, soaking in the landscape and cultural history of the American South. We’ll return to N’awlins for some live jazz music, and one last night on the town.
Now it’s time to hit the road! We’ll leave Louisiana behind and begin our tour with a journey up the Mississippi Blues Trail, with markers commemorating the birth, growth, and influence of Delta Blues throughout the state of Mississippi.
This morning’s ride along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway follows the historical Natchez Trace, a 400-mile long trail system connecting central Tennessee with the Mississippi River. We’ll cross over the state of Mississippi to Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
No trip to the South is complete without visiting the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, which preserves and promotes awareness of the Blues. On our way we’ll see more Blues-influenced destinations such as the Blue Front Café in Betonia, the street corner in Indianola where B.B. King played, and Po’ Monkeys Lounge in Merigold, one of the last original juke joints in the South.
Music lovers around the world know Beale Street, a national historical landmark which showcases the impact Memphis has had on the Blues and Jazz. Legends such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, Memphis Minnie, and most notably B.B. King, all helped develop the style known as Memphis Blues. One of the city’s most important Rock and Roll icons is Sun Studio, which discovered the talents of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison.
Take the day to discover your inner Elvis at Graceland, celebrating his life and music. Tonight we feast on some of the best BBQ in the world, so bring your appetite! And don’t forget to see Memphis’ local celebrities during the Duck March at the Peabody Hotel!
Today we ride through the famous city of Muscle Shoals. Since the 1960s, the city has been known for music – developing the "Muscle Shoals Sound", as local recording studios (including FAME Studios in the late 1950s and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 1969) produced hit records that shaped the history of popular music.
The ‘Bourbon’ part of our tour begins today as we head East and ride through the heart of Tennessee to Lynchburg, home to the Jack Daniel’s distillery. We’ll finish another gorgeous riding day with a tour at the Visitor Center. Next our ride takes us to Nashville, the Country Music capital of the world. Tonight we’ll experience more incredible BBQ, and listen to some live music at one of the many ‘honky tonks’ along Broadway Street, where legends like Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and Patsy Cline got their start.
Our music-appreciation switches from Delta Blues to Country Music here in Nashville. We’ll use our free day to explore some of its museums and icons, such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.
Another beautiful backroads ride is in store today, as we head north into central Kentucky. Along the way we’ll stop in Bowling Green at the National Corvette Museum, to see how America’s favorite sports car is made, then we’ll sample more delicious bourbon at the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto. We overnight in Louisville.
Today is a free day to rest and relax and enjoy the city, or you can visit the Jim Beam Distillery just south of town. The Jim Beam distillery is a famous stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. You can get an up-close look during one of the tours to see how they make their bourbon–from grain to barrel to bottle and beyond. This is truly a "behind the scenes” look at the science of making Jim Beam.
On our final riding day we’ll blast through the state of Indiana on our way to Chicago, where even more great music, great food, and great culture awaits us. We’ll return our motorcycles in the afternoon and celebrate our amazing trip together all night!
The ‘Chicago Blues’ is an urban evolution of the southern Delta Blues, and tonight we’ll listen to the best the Windy City has to offer! We’ll overload our senses with the sights and sounds of Chicago on the last night of the tour, cherishing memories that will last a lifetime.
We hope you had a wonderful tour with EagleRider, and we’ll see you on your next great motorcycle adventure!
4 User Reviews (VIEW ALL) ADD REVIEW
Sid Burch June 29, 2016 08:13 pm

BBB

Just finished the trip and still in Chicago. Its my first road trip with Eagleriders and can say that it surpassed all my expectations. The guides, Jeremy and Chris, both knew their stuff and the days off meant we could check out stuff that was "off piste". It was also my first long experience with a Harley. Being used to riding a British bike at home, the riding position took some getting used to but what surprised me more was that all the bikes ran like a dream, not a single problem. Thanks again for a great trip with some great people.

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Howard J August 10, 2015 03:33 pm

Perfection

It has been quite busy here since we got back so I haven’t been able to get back to you about the Blues Trip as quickly as I would have liked.

I was in the Office last week having a meeting with a well-known musician who asked me about the holiday as he is an aficionado of the Blues and as I was describing it to him I realised what a unique time it all was.

I don’t think I have been on a trip which mixed such fun, education, great music, cultural insights and riding to such a perfect extent, it was exactly the sort of holiday I really enjoy.

I think that none of this would have been possible without the great team that you used.

Steve is the best, Brad was brilliant at organising and that new guy, Bob, was a revelation!

Even my client was impressed about my knowledge of the history of the Blues I acquired while on the ride!

Anyway, well done.

Another great trip from EagleRider.

Howard J – London, England

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