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  1. Default Road Trip Tennessee in March, bad idea?

    ive just spent the last 3 hours reading this site, its great!

    im planning on a trip to Tennessee in the last week of march from the uk and was wanting to see the smoky mountains, how driveable are they at this time? is this a bad idea? ive never been to this area of America before, though ive wanted to since i was 10

    my plan (roughly) is this

    1 - fly into memphis
    2 - explore memphis
    3 - explore memphis
    4 - drive to chattanooga via the jd distillery
    5 - explore local area & drive to smoky mountains
    6 - explore smokey mountains
    7 - visit dollywood and drive to nashville
    8 - explore nashville
    9 - explore nashville and see bbking at the ryman theater
    10 - drive to memphis and fly home.

    could anyone give me any feedback? i would love suggestions

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    Hi John, welcome to RoadTrip America!

    No, not a bad idea at all. Your options in the park may be slightly restricted but the NPS website advises that Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    You might like to have a read through a couple of reports from two trips I did through that area earlier this year:

    Chattanooga, Lynchburg, Nashville, Smoky Mountains

    Hope these give you a few ideas!

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    i had seen the park website, what scared me was the adverage snow fall for march
    low elevation - Trace
    high elevation - 26 INCHES!!!!

    i had missed your reports on the forum somehow, but you actually visited some of the places i wanted to get to.
    you mentioned being in a rough area of memphis, i was planning to get a hotel room near beale street and do the city on foot and public transport as much as i could, is this another really dumb idea?

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    Not at all. I'd not go off the beaten path after dark but that applies to any large urban area really.

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