My husband and I (both southern California natives) were thinking of doing a week long road trip over a part of the Blues Highway from Nashville, TN to Austin, TX (http://goo.gl/maps/rdoWb). We'll be starting and ending in Dallas, TX and would like to be back in Dallas by New Year's Eve. Here's our tentative itinerary -
12/25 Day 1 -
Drive to Nashville, TN (leave early'ish)
12/26 Day 2 -
Stay in Nashville
12/27 Day 3 -
Drive to Memphis, TN
12/28 Day 4 -
Drive to Tunica, MS for breakfast
lunch at Clarksdale, MS
by night reach Jackson, MS
12/29 Day 5
Enjoy the day at Jackson.
Drive to Vicksburg, MS for dinner
drive overnight to Austin, TX
12/30 Day 6 -
*edited* Stay in Austin.
12/31 Day 7 -
back to Dallas, TX in time for New Years hopefully.
I have the following questions:
1) what will the weather/road/driving conditions be like at that time of year?
2) Is it advisable to take a road trip (in a rental car) in that area at that time? (Yes, bad things happen all the time but is it unsafe / difficult / icy to drive on I-66 during the holidays?)
3) Does the itinerary look good to you? Any places we could add/skip?
4) Will places enroute be open during the holidays?
I'd much appreciate any advice / suggestions / opinions on this plan.
Thanks in advance,