The day after Christmas (Dec. 26th) I will be leaving northern NJ in the mid-late evening and driving to New Orleans, LA, through the night and day, hoping to arrive the next day and do the trip in about 22-23 hours.
I will be staying in New Orleans for a little over a week and making some side trips to Lafayette and Cajun country scattered throughout. After it's time to start heading back, I plan to stop in Natchez, MS for a day and see some of the historic sights and perhaps Pigeon Forge, TN for a day (I've already been; it would be to break up the ride as I'm not sure I will desire to do a straight-through run on the way back). I was wondering if there's any advice someone could give about stops along the way in Mississippi, Alabama, and northwest Georgia? Any tips/reccommendations will be appreciated.