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Amtrak City of New Orleans from Memphis to New Orleans

The City of New Orleans train is an Amtrak service that travels overnight from Chicago all the way to New Orleans, a journey of 900 miles. We join this historic train in Memphis, a four-hour section of this beloved musical route, all the way to New Orleans. Our journey takes us through the musical crossroads of the Mississippi Delta, following the mighty river and passing snowy-white cotton fields, to New Orleans- also known as the 'Big Easy' and the birthplace of jazz. Along the route we ride in the shadows of musical giants like Louis Armstrong, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters before we finally pull into New Orleans at Union Passage Terminal.   

Through the Deep South to Jackson
We board the City of New Orleans at Memphis's beautifully restored Central Station and shortly after leaving the city, we cross the Tennessee/Mississippi State Line. The train passes through the Lower Mississippi Delta region, an area dotted with historic farms and small towns with strong African and Caribbean architectural influences. Our first stop is Greenwood, the heart of the Deep South's cotton industry and once home to notable Blues musicians including Mississippi John Hurt. We pass through Yazoo City and continue to Jackson, noted for its important roles in the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Famed for its Gospel, Blues and R&B, Jackson also has a rich musical heritage and the world famous Malaco Records recording studio is located in the city.

To Louisiana
We catch a glimpse of the pine trees of the Piney Woods as the City of New Orleans leaves Jackson and continues south through the floral cities of Brookhaven and McComb towards the Mississippi/Louisiana State Line. The architecture of the towns and cities becomes more French in its influence as we head through Louisiana to the exotic swamps of the bayou. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful landscape of marshland, cypress trees and waterways unfold, and be sure to keep an eye out for basking alligators and pelicans.

Along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to New Orleans
We cross the Pass-Manchac waterway and head towards the western shores of the vast Lake Pontchartrain. The City of New Orleans hugs the shoreline for several miles as we continue south and then east towards our destination, New Orleans, an exciting, vibrant city noted for its historic French Quarter, its streetcars, and for being the birthplace of Jazz.

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  • DestinationUSA
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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David Buck
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“Excellent trip with a fantastic tour guide, very interesting for anyone into, country, blues and jazz music. Expect a packed and varied schedule and a lot of travelling. I understand that the schedule has changed somewhat for next year, so a more detailed review may not be that helpful l for anyone planning a future trip.
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