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deep south trip

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deep south trip

trip planned fornext june any thing i have missed or any comments.any tips for sights slighty off track or any real must sees. also welcome any good value hotels as some of these are a bit specua;tive.

planning to do JD distillery. and visit tupelo. also drive some of natchez parkway. any suggestions for rental car. i have used alamo before but would like to collect atlanta downtown as dont need car for 1st 3 days.

14-Jun atlanta Microtel Inn & Suites Atlanta (Perimeter Center

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16-Jun atlanta Microtel Inn & Suites Atlanta (Perimeter Center

17-Jun chatanooga 119 delta queen

18-Jun nashville 134 music row best western

19-Jun nashville

20-Jun memphis 209 vista inn

21-Jun memphis

22-Jun clarksdale 77 shack up inn or blues club

23-Jun vicksberg 144 diamond jacks casino

24-Jun natchez 72 days inn

25-Jun baton rouge 99

26-Jun new orleans 81 rathbone mansions?

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29-Jun mobile 143 mobile bay adventure inn

30-Jun pensacola 58

01-Jul montgomery/birmingham 162

02-Jul 268

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That's a lot of driving! We here in the South would say slow down and stay a while. I would suggest you try to concentrate on a particular state or a portion of a couple of states. In general stay off the interstates if you really want to see the country side and how people live. Is your goal just to see as many big cities and major tourist sites as possible or do you want to see some of the little things that are interesting yet not major tourist attractions? Many of the southern states have a lot to offer if you are willing to slow down and get off the beaten path. There are state parks, roadside oddities, civil war battlegrounds, lakes, mountains, small communities, unique shops, local eateries and so forth to be experienced.

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coming from england so need to do as much as we can

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Hi!

I like your coverage with appropriate lengths of stay in the stops you selected. If you don't mind reading a bit, I would like to suggest a couple of inexpensive books to give you some insights into two possible brief side trips right along your journey: Franklin, TN is a historic town just south of Nashville with a very interesting character in its past. "The Widow Of The South" by Robert Hicks chronicles the story of Carnton, an old pre Civil War home and its mistress who did a remarkable thing starting 150 years ago.

Down south on Mobile Bay there is a town called Fairhope, AL, which was founded by a group of free thinking souls who thought they had a "fair hope" of starting a permanent town with the free trade / free thinking atmosphere they sought, and they did so. To that area in 1925 came a 66 year old guy from Montana whose doctor had given one year to live. The upshot is that this Tolstoyan student bought 10 acres of land, took his shoes off for the rest of his life, built a small domed structure of hand hewn block & mortar, and lived 20 more years. The structure, unchanged still stands with little fanfare and is a cool place to visit, as is Fairhope. Read about this story in "The Poet Of Tolstoy Park" by Sonny Brewer, who, by the way owns a bookstore in Fairhope where you'll find him most every day. You should be able to order both of these books online at www.Borders.com or www.Amazon.com.

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Hi I was just wondering if your into National Parks? You could shave off a few days here and there and visit Gatlinburg and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in East Tennessee There are pretty good Casinos in Tunica,MS just south from Memphis only about a 30-40 minute drive from Memphis.Just a thought.

I would also suggest the books tnhighroad mentioned.I hope you have a wonderful trip while in the United States.

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David.....I would bypass Atlanta unless you want to go to a Baseball Game. Atlanta is a big busy town that can cause you lot's of headaches trying to get around. Chattanooga is a fun town but I would not spend the night there. I would spend more time in Nashville, Memphis, Mississippi, NOLA, Mobile, FL and Birmingham. Looks like you will be traveling about 17/18 days. I would fly into Memphis, TN and spend 2/3 days and drive about 3 hours to Greenwood, MS and spend the night at The Alluvian Hotel which is owned by Viking Range. It's a 4* hotel and close to outstanding dining. There's a spa and cooking school. Stop in Clarksdale on your way and have lunch at Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club or Abe's BBQ. Hick's is better BBQ. Leave Greenwood and stop in Vicksburg to tour the Military Park. I would not stay there for the night. Drive on down to Natchez and spend two nights touring the antebellum homes. Natchez is a beautiful town right on the river. Don't stop in Baton Rouge. Spend at least 4 nights in NOLA then drive E to Destin, FL. Stop in Mobile and have lunch at Wintzell's Oyster Bar and Cafe. There's about 40 miles of pure white sand and clear blue water between Ft. Walton and Rosemary Beach. Stay there 3 nights then drive to Birmingham for 2 nights. Spend 2 nights in Nashville and drive to Memphis for your flight home. Spend a night there and catch your plane the next day.

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I like reply #1. Do a lot more research and find out about the little places. That's where you find the real South not overturned by urbanization. The big cities can be fun, too, but I wouldn't spend more than half my time in them. I think the amount of driving is alright, but wouldn't add to it.

Atlanta has a lot to offer but is not Southern at all. Traffic is terrible, but most of the parts of the city visitors visit are fairly pleasant. There's enough to do that it's worth some of your time, but I wouldn't spend three days there.

The Smokies are well out of the Deep South, but I think it'd be cool to experience the Southern Appalachians on one hand and the Deep South on the other. You could spend some time hiking on the Cumberland Plateau as well. Loads of top notch off the beaten path stuff up there.

Disagreeing with axle, I would add at least one more night in Chattanooga. It's downtown is one of the most pleasant I've experienced of any other city, and the combination of its modern amenities like its world class aquarium and art museum, natural environment with Lookout Mountain and the Tennessee River Gorge, and history from the Trail of Tears and Civil War make it one of the richest destinations in the South. The problem is that most of the really interesting stuff isn't developed for visitors, but doing that exploring on your own can be half the fun. I recommend "New Money, Old South" for Chattanooga history.

Memphis and Nashville are more Southern than Atlanta and offer great music and interesting history, but the cities themselves are just okay. So you can judge that for yourself. I'd spend enough time in each to get a good sense of what they offer without rushing, but wouldn't linger in either city.

Warning: much of the "real" South that's left is the poor/rural South that hasn't gotten rich enough to lose its Southerness, but the poor/rural parts aren't necessarily the best representations of Southern culture. So you're caught in a bit of a catch-22 there. That's why doing your research is important, because there are dozens of very specific locations where you avoid both pitfalls. You can't go expecting to run into it.

Savannah and Charleston are generally considered Southern must sees. Consider that. You may also be interested in the Suwanee River/Nature Coast region of Florida.

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We did something like this back last summer. Left Tennessee, drove to Yellowstone (Wyoming) and stopped back through South Dakota, all in 11 days. I will say we didn't have enough time for everything we did do but we are glad we did do it. (we didn't think we would ever be back out that way so we went ahead and crammed the days full) Everyone on the TA (Wyoming & south Dakota) forms tried to convience me to change my plans, leave things off, take in other things, etc., etc. We did do a few things others said but only if was a few miles off our path. Looks like you have about 2 weeks for your trip, A few days in each city, motels will be cheaper in smaller towns. Atlanta to Chattanooga will take about 2 hours. I'm assuming you will be taking in the Jack Daniels distillery after you leave Chattanooga, since its on the way to Nashville. U can get to it by one of the Manchester TN. exits (111 or 114) There is several motels in the Manchester area. 5 of them was just built within the past 2 years. (Chattanooga to JD Distillery is less than a 2 hour drive, from JD Dis. to Nashville is bout 1 hour drive) Jack Daniel tour is free, takes about 45 mins. for the tour, I think its open 7 days a week, tours start bout 8AM and last tour goes in at 4:30PM and its on central time zone. U will change time zones just as you leave Chaatanooga, going towards Nashville on I-24. From Nashville to Memphis is bout 4 hour drive. At the Waverly TN. exit you can see Loretta Lynn's dude ranch (Hurricane Mills TN.) Its not far off I-40. I've never been to Mississippi or Louisiana so I can't help you there.

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One other thing I forgot to mention, someone said something about Savannah GA., its a town worth visiting. This past October we spent 1 night there, then drove to Daytona Beach spent 1 night there then onto Orlando FLA. and stayed 7 nights. I wish we had spent more time at Savannah, I didn't realize there was so much to do there. We got a room off of priceline, Shearton downtown for $58. and was in walking distance to just about everything.

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