Hi RTA experts and fellow forummers – we’ve just booked a couple of weeks (last week of August, first of Sept) to explore a little of what will be a relatively new area for us, the Deep South.
We fly into Atlanta, head for Memphis then make our way down the Mississippi before flying out of New Orleans. Compared with recent trips I think it’ll be relatively easy in terms of miles per day and, while I’m keen to keep it that way, I’d appreciate any advice on places/attractions we may be unaware of.
Based on existing advice gleaned from forum advice and RoadTrip Routes I think we’ll spend a first night at Warm Springs. Heading west, there’s the March route (albeit the wrong way) from Montgomery to Selma. A night in the Peabody appeals, as does the Shack-up Inn.
Heading south I think we’ll look to take in Vicksburg (incl. Windsor Plantation), Canton (Cypress Swamp / Casey Jones Museum), Natchez (and the Trace), the Old Spanish Trail, the antebellum mansions of Plantation Alley and of course New Orleans itself.
I’m sure we’ll happen upon other things along the way but if anyone has any recommendations in terms of food, photography, accommodation, alligators, Blues clubs, history and suchlike, that’d be great.
P.S. We did consider side trips to either Tallahassee or Little Rock but decided we wanted to make sure we had time to stop and fully explore / experience what's on the route described above. But happy to be advised that a day trip ‘off-piste’ would be worthwhile!