Barack n Roll Highway
DAY 1: Chicago
Arrive Chicago. This evening, enjoy Chicago’s many restaurants, stroll along the shore of Lake Michigan or jive to the beat at a jazz or blues club.

DAY 2: Chicago
Today explore some of Chicago’s noted sites. If one wants to follow the Obama trail then visit Hyde Park on the South side of Chicago. Besides the Obama home one will find a number of his favorite haunts as well as the museums of the University of Chicago. Or visit the neighboring town of Oak Park and see the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway, and tour one of the homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In Chicago one will find its noted Museum Campus. In the evening stop by Navy Pier and for a cruise along the lake.

DAY 3: Chicago-Detroit (283 mi/ 455 km)
Known as Motor City because of its’ notoriety as the world\'s traditional automotive center, and as Motown for its importance as a source of popular music legacies, the city offers a host of activities to the traveler that lends itself to both cultures.

DAY 4: Detroit
Spend the day visiting Detroit’s highlights such as the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, and the Motown Museum, better known as “Hitsville USA”. Here one can stand in Studio “A” where the likes of Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and the Jackson Five, among others, stood and recorded their hits.

DAY 5: Detroit-Cleveland (169 mi/ 272 km)
Follow along Lake Erie to Cleveland, home to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Visit one of Cleveland’s neighborhoods this afternoon. Ohio City is home to the West Side Market, and eclectic mix of ethnic restaurants and microbreweries or explore University Circle, it is the cultural center of the city, home to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Garden and Western Reserve Historical Society. This evening dine along East 4th Street, Cleveland’s premier restaurant area.

DAY 6: Cleveland
Spend the day at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Housing rare artifacts, stage wear belonging to the biggest names in music, and numerous video and audio displays, one can trace the evolution of Rock n’ Roll. Exhibits feature rock treasures such as Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, John Lennon’s report cards, and one of Michael Jackson’s gloves.

DAY 7: Cleveland-Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (163 mi/214 km)
Pittsburgh has the unique distinction of being the birthplace of Pop Culture From the invention of the Big Mac, Ferris Wheel and Heinz ketchup, there\'s pop culture at every turn. This afternoon take one of the inclines to the top of Mount Washington to take in the view of the beautiful skyline. The Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines rise nearly 400 feet over the city from stations near Station Square.

DAY 8: Pittsburgh
Spend the morning at the museum that celebrates Andy Warhol, the King of Pop Art. It is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. This afternoon drive out to see Fallingwater, the home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and considered to be the finest example of American architecture.

DAY 9: Pittsburgh-Lancaster (242 mi/ 390 km)
Travel east across the state to Lancaster County to find a completely different kind of culture, America\'s oldest Amish settlement still living the “Plain” lifestyle. Take a walking tour of downtown Lancaster’s four-block historic district this afternoon before check-in to the hotel.

DAY 10: Lancaster
Take a buggy ride through the Amish countryside before visiting an authentic Farm and Homestead to experience Amish life and a living history museum that explores over 200 years of German heritage. This afternoon take a leisurely drive to Hershey, home to Chocolate World. Take the Great American Chocolate Tour ride, develop your own chocolate bar or just stock up on favorite Hershey’s goodies.

DAY 11: Lancaster-Washington, D.C. (115 mi/ 185 km)
This morning drive to the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C., where the Obama trail lands. Take an orientation tour this afternoon to see sites such as Capitol Hill, Library of Congress, Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, and Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials. The evening, explore the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Bistros, bars and boutiques line the streets in this cosmopolitan neighborhood surrounded by the largest concentration of international embassies.

DAY 12: Washington, D.C.
This morning visit some of the 19 museums that are part of the Smithsonian Institute. At the Natural History Museum one will see exhibitions on earliest human origins; development of world cultures, and the Hope Diamond. At the Air and Space Museum there are twenty-three galleries exhibiting hundreds of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and other flight-related artifacts including the 1903 Wright Flyer, Spirit of St. Louis, SpaceShipOne, Apollo 11 command module, and the Hubble Space Telescope test vehicle. This afternoon tour Arlington National Cemetery and visit the graves of historical figures, prominent explorers, noted casualties of war and presidents of the United states including the gravesite of John F. Kennedy. This evening, dine in the funky Adams Morgan neighborhood or take in a show at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

DAY 13: Washington, D.C.
Before departing take some time this morning to stroll around one of D.C.’s historic neighborhoods such as Georgetown or Capitol Hill. Georgetown is an affluent section of the city filled with luxury retail shops and restaurants. Capitol Hill is not only a large residential community but the location of many of the city’s landmarks such as the United States Capitol, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court building.


Essex Inn


Best Western Greenfield


Marriott Downtown


The Priory


Kitchen Kettle

Washington, DC

Loews Madison Hotel

Package Includes:
  • Accommodation
  • Taxes
  • Fly - Drive directions and information packet at hotel upon arrival