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  1. Default Southern States and music

    Thinking of our next roadtrip, possibly in September. Wondered if you all thought this would work?
    Fly into Atlanta, 2 night stop
    Then up to the Great smokey montains for a day and dropping back to Chattanooga for the night
    Next day off to Nashville. Thought 2/3 nights in Nashville
    Next stop Memphis for 2 nights, doing the Antebellum trail en route
    From Memphis travel to New Orleans but stopping at Greenwood (any reason) and/or Natches to break up the journey
    In New Orleans we need time to take a riverboat trip, visit the Garden District and plantations area so maybe three nights?
    Fly back to Uk from New Orleans. Think Virgin/Delta will accomodate the flights
    Its early days, but would welcome any thoughts, ideas, must see places etc etc

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Stray Thoughts

    First off, it looks like you've got a fairly solid plan, so I'll just be offering a few possible tweaks. I actually see no reason to choose Chattanooga for your overnight between the Smokies and Nashville. Knoxville is both closer to the Smokies and on a fairly direct line to Nashville letting you spend more of the one day you've allotted to the Smokies to actually being in them. f you decide to use Knoxville for your first stop, US-70 offers a fairly scenic alternative to I-40 going to Nashville.

    As adjuncts to the Antebellum Trail, you might want to look at the Natchez Trace Parkway and then US-64 or US-78 to complete your trip to Memphis. For example, you could take the Antebellum down to Columbia, use US-412 west to the Natchez Trace and take that south for a bit to either US-64 or US-78. US-64 will take you by Shiloh Battlefield while the junction of the Natchez Trace and US-78 is in Tupelo, Elvis' birthplace.

    In Memphis, besides the music scene on Beale Street, you can also check out the historic Sun Records Studio and the scale model of the entire Mississippi River on Mud Island. Vicksburg and Natchez are both worthwhile stops if you plan on hewing relatively closely to the Mississippi River on the Great River Road down to New Orleans.


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    Default The Crossroads

    If music is a focus of your trip, consider Clarksdale, Mississippi. There are a number of live music venues for blues lovers right in the downtown area (which is but a few square blocks in size). On the edge of town, just a short distance away, is The Crossroads, the junction of Highways 49 and 61, where Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil. Perhaps 5 miles south of town, the Shack Up Inn offers overnight accomodations in a group of tenant farmer houses (shacks) which have been moved on site beside a large cotton gin in a motor court arrangement. The cotton gin building is also a bar and performance venue, and "bins" within the upper part of the structure serve as motel rooms. The Shack Up Inn is adjacent to the Hopson Plantation Commissary, another live music venue which at the time of my visit in 2012 appeared to be operated separate and apart from the Shack Up Inn.

    Clarksdale is but 65 miles south of Memphis, so perhaps it doesn't do much to provide for breaking up the trip to N O, but it's often considered a must visit destination for lovers of the blues.


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