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    Default Chicago to New Orleans road trip- suggestions?

    We are planning a trip late late august to mid September from Chicago to New Orleans and back.
    We plan to spend 2 days in Chicago, then 2 days in Galesburg for family things. Definitely a couple of days in New Orleans and a stop in Nashville and Memphis. We would quite like to see the Atchafalya swamps and the Mammoth caves national park. We have four drivers which helps with distance driving.

    Does anyone have any suggestions of places to see and things to do around these areas at this time?

    Thank you.

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Down and Up River

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Your trip actually gives you a great opportunity to view a section of America in something like the way some of the early pioneers and settlers did, by traveling down river by way of the Mississippi and then returning home through Mississippi, Tennessee and Illinois.

    For starters, after your stay in Galesburg, you can head for Nauvoo IL and the recreated pioneer town that gives free demonstrations of life in the early 19th century as well as a bit of Mormon history. Continuing south along the Great River Road on the western side would bring you to Hannibal and all that is associated with Mark Twain. Next would be St. Louis, the Arch and Museum of Westward Expansion beneath it, Grant's Farm where the Budweiser Clydesdales are raised as well as other animals, a great free zoo, a transportation museum, etc. South of St. Louis is the great old French trading town of Ste. Genevieve with some of the original homes and a real honest-to-goodness old ice cream parlor. After Memphis, Vicksburg has an eye opening Civil War battlefield and Natchez has several old antebellum plantations to visit.

    On the return drive, head for Jackson MS and get on the Natchez Trace Parkway there for the rest of the drive up to Nashville. The Natchez Trace is the route the old barge operators would use to return to the Upper Midwest after floating downstream with their farm goods and breaking up the barges to sell for lumber in the days before steam. Today the trace is a scenic two-lane controlled access national parkway. This will also take you by Tupelo MS and Elvis' birthplace. A couple of other possible stops include the Louisville Slugger factory and the world's largest bat, and the Indianapolis Speedway and museum.


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