We are a couple from Barcelona (Spain), planning a 15 days one-way trip from Chicago to Nola this August. We love roadtrips, but I'm afraid spending too much time on the road or planning a too-much-ambitious drive planning. We love to know your opinion and your criteria would be much appreciated.
Below there's our trip planning:
- Day 1 to 3: Chicago
- Day 4: Chicago to Louisville.
- Day 5: Louisville (Muhammad Ali Center), Bluegrass Country Estate, Frankfort and Lawrenceburg (bourbon trail) and Gatlingburg.
- Day 6: Hiking in the Smokey Mountains. Late in the evening, driving to Nashville.
- Day 7: Whole day in Nashville.
- Day 8: Nashville to Memphis via Natchez Trace Pwy, Ethridge (Amish comunity), Florence, Muscle Shoals and Tuscumbia.
- Day 9: Day in Memphis (Graceland and Sun Studio) and night in Clarksdale (Shack up Inn).
- Day 10: Blues route (Clarksdale, Cleveland, Greenville, Indianola, Greenwood, etc.). Night in Clarksdale.
- Day 11: Clarksdale to St. Francisville via Yazoo City, Bentonia, Natchez Trace Pwy, Tunica Trace, etc.
- Day 12: St. Francisville to Nola: the plan would be mainly visiting a swamp or a bayou, and driving around Lafayette, Beaux Bridge, Nueva Iberia, Houma and South Vacherie before arriving to Nola.
- Day 13 to 15: New Orleans.
Opinions and experiences are much appreciated. Especially, we would like to know (a) if it is too much or it's feasible; (b) in case it's too much, if it is better to sacrifice specifics route stops to spend more time in other spots, and; (c) if there are better alternatives or recommended routes around;
We have also another doubt when leaving the Smokeys. The first idea was going directly to Nashville, but it's my understanding that the scenic route around and going to Chattanooga is fantastic. Is it worthwhile, or the initial route planned from the Smokeys to Nashville via I-40 is a better option?
Thank you so much in advanced; cheers!!!!