We are starting to plan our first ever RV adventure for the family next April (2014). Me, my other half along with our Daughter, her Husband and 2 Grandchildren aged 13 and 10. Found this site during my research and have been finding the RoadTrip Reports great for highlighting places to visit and though you kind folk might be able to give us some help and sound advice on our proposed route.
Flying out from the UK 3rd April to Atlanta and returning on the 21st April. Rough plan at the moment is to head north to the Blue Ridge Mountains travelling through Cherokee to Gatlinburg then on to Nashville and down to Huntsville. From there go west to Clarksdale for the Juke Joint Festival down through the Mississippi Delta to Baton Rouge and Lafayette and then on to New Orleans and back to Atlanta for the flight home. I reckon the total mileage will be under 2000 miles which seems reasonable to me in the 17 days but in reality are we trying to get too much in in the time we have ? I realise that on some days there will be plenty of driving and some of the places we visit may will be very fleeting glimpses but obviously we would like to get in as much as we can for this once in a life time family trip and try to get a real taste of the Southern States. As you can probably guess I love my Blues and American Roots music so Mississippi and Louisiana for the Blues and Cajun music is a must along with Nashville for the Country music as a bonus.
I've been checking out Lighnin RV Rentals in Atlanta. It would be great if anybody has any feedback on them as booking from this side of the pond is always a bit of a worry otherwise Cruise America is an obvious choice.
Would really appreciate any tips, ideas and comments about the plan and even alternative routes if needs be. Also any help as to how we can keep the cost down if possible. Petrol (sorry Gas) prices seem great to me compared to the UK and with 6 of us travelling it makes an RV holiday a good deal as well as a great way to see the US.
We have two drivers and have done plenty of European Driving holidays to Spain and Italy so not too worried about the actual driving apart from it being a 30 ft RV of course !!!
Sorry for the long first post and many thanks for any help or comments,