Hi RTA forum goers!
I'm planning a 5 week road trip from Newark to New Orleans with my partner in July-August. We really want to experience the real Deep South. I have a few ideas of places that are a must see, but would really welcome any other must see sights or stop offs. I'm particularly interested in swimming/fishing lakes along the way and great food spots so please do suggest if there is anywhere you think we are missing along the way.
We will be using a sleepervan so also welcome any suggestions for budget camp sites in the states we are visiting.
A vague plan of my the intended route/must see spots is as follows. Appreciate this is a little vague but gives you an idea of the direction:
Newark -> Atlantic City -> Washington, D.C -> Knoxville/Pigeon Forge (for Dollywood!) - > Nashville - > Memphis - > Hot Springs, Arkansas -> Jackson -> New Orleans -> and back to Newark!
I want to travel some of the Natchez Trace Parkway at some point and the Smokey mountains.