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  1. Default Boston - Memphis Road trip suggestions

    My husband and I are currently planning a 4 week family camping trip for us and our 12/14 year old kids. We are flying into Boston at the start of July and will spend 2 nights with friends before hitting the road. We are big Elvis fans and want to include a round trip including Memphis.

    We are thinking about heading towards Niagara Falls first and then heading south through Ohio/Kentucky to Tennessee before heading back through the Great Smoky Mts, BRP.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Other Highlightss Along the Way

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    A month is a very healthy amount of time to visit what is roughly a quarter of the US, so you can certainly fit in several other major attractions as well as some modest Starting out, you can follow the Mohawk Trail through Massachusetts and the old Erie Canal in New York. Some spots in Ohio worth looking into include the Natural History Museum and the Rock and roll Hall of Fame (Elvis is an inductee) in Cleveland and Cuyahoga Valley National Park just south of the city, then continue down through Ohio Amish country (around Millersburg) and into eastern Kentucky, As you work your way west, there's horse country around Lexington, and Mammoth Cave National Park.Both Nashville and Memphis have vibrant music scenes. While in Memphis, besides your visit to Graceland, check out Sun Studios where Elvis made his first recordings. When you're ready to head back to Boston, you can start by first taking US-78 southeast to Tupelo MS (Elvis' birthplace) and then take the Natchez Trace parkway back up into Tennessee. US-64 offers a scenic route through the southern part of that state over to the Appalachians and Great Smoky Mountain National Park. From there you have the time, so I'd suggest using the tranquil, scenic, but slower Blue Ridge Parkway to work your way north east before heading into Washington to see all the museums and monuments along the National Mall. You should also look at hitting Annapolis (US Naval Academy) and the Eastern Shore of Maryland before returning through New York City to southern New England, A few final stops include Mystic Seaport and, of course, Cape Cod.

    AZBuck

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    Thank you AZBuck for all the tips

    Good ideas to help plan our trip. We may also detour towards sandusky to bring the kids to the roller coasters.

    Our only concern at this stage would be humidity while camping down south but we will probably stay in a hotel in Memphis and Nashville and are hoping the higher elavations of Smoky Mts/BRP will be more bearable.

    Any preference on doing the loop anti clockwise or clockwise?

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    Default No Real Preference

    The choice of whether to do this trip clockwise or counter-clockwise is entirely up to you. There are no compelling a priori reasons to do it one way or the other. The only thing that I would suggest is that you look at the weather reports just before you leave and see if one way is forecast for better weather at the start of your trip. Overall, weather is likely to be a wash, but you might as well start out in the best conditions available.

    AZBuck

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    Thank you for the quick response AZBuck

    We will probably do the loop anti clockwise but just wanted to make sure we were not missing anything before deciding.

    We were expecting southern areas to be hot and humid with the odd thounder shower but are not sure what you mean by "weather is likely to be a wash". Should we leave the southern areas for another trip because we will be camping for the majority of this trip?

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    Default "Likely to be a wash"...

    ...just means that over the course of a month, good 'luck' with weather is just as likely to be balanced with bad 'luck' with weather. The only weather you'll even have any advance useful knowledge of is for the first few days of the trip, and even then, you won't have that until just the night before departure. So, that's just my way of saying, "Don't sweat it" (pun intended). If you do get into the Deep South and find that the combination of temperature and humidity is just too much, then you can either alter your plans and head a bit farther north or its equivalent, higher into the Appalachians, or you can spend 2 or 3 of the worst nights in an air-conditioned motel room. But I wouldn't write off a whole section of your trip prematurely because of what might happen.

    AZBuck

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