We'll be traveling from the Smoky Mountains park towards New Orleans. Looks like the road is taking us right through Alabama and a bit of Mississipi too. I can allocate 2-3 days of our trip for this, but I have no idea where to go or what to do... This is part of a very long road trip, which had originally been intended for the West only, so I had no time to research these parts of the US, I'm afraid.
We are a family, with two kids aged 7 & 9. I really would be happy to just get a taste of the local culture, hear those accents and maybe see some nice scenery.
Reading through this forum, looks like there may be safety issues too, or is this just within Birmingham? Should we even plan on a stop there, or maybe one of the smaller towns on the way would be a better/more scenic/safer option? any recommendations?