I will be driving from St. Louis to Memphis, TN and have the full day to do so and no desire to hurry on the straight route. Any routes, side roads, places to stop, view must-sees, small towns for small visits that you would suggest? Since I will be staying the week in Memphis, and ideas within an afternoon's reach from there I would probably save for that time. So places closer West, East, SW, and SE to St. Louis would likely be the best to take advantage of on this day trip.
I will also have two or three opportunities to take a day trip out of Memphis. I am interested in final destination points of interest, and/or scenic or interesting routes to take, and/or activities to participate in.
I'm an active outdoors person, love to hike, picnic, enjoy sports, and taking in our nations' natural beauty with my camera. I also enjoy visiting historical places and museums.
Any suggestions in Memphis itself would be great appreciated too.