Road Trip New Orleans to Atlanta

Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:39 AM
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Road Trip New Orleans to Atlanta

I have previously posted here before but have had a slight change of plans in regards to my trip. At this stage I am now scheduled to be in the USA in early June hopefully getting into New Orleans on Wednesday night June 12, 2013. My pencilled in trip is as follows:

Day 1 to 3 - New Orleans
Day 4 - Drive NO to Natchez via a lunch time stop at Abita Springs Brewery
Day 5 - Natchez Antebellum House tour then drive to Vicksburg via Natchez Trace
Day 6 - Visit Vicksburg Military Park then drive to Clarksdale
Day 7 - Delta Blues Music Museum then drive to Memphis
Day 8 - Memphis Graceland
Day 9 - Memphis National Civil Rights Museum then drive to Tupelo?
Day 10 - Tupelo to Nashville via Natchez Trace
Day 11 - Country Music Hall of Fame then drop car and bus to Atlanta
Day 12 - Atlanta Civil Rights Museum
Day 13 - Coca Cola World fly out at night.

I think this itinerary would give me a good sample of some of things I am keen on experiencing. In no particular order these being food, antebellum homes, civil war history, civil rights history, music, and scenic drives. I am thinking of maybe cutting my trip to Nashville as I would only be going there because it is "Nashville". This would give me 2 to 3 days of either extra time in certain places or even another, slightly different road trip.

Would be interested to hear peoples thoughts and suggestions on what I am looking at doing, how I might improve upon it, or is there any things I really need to do?

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Hi Sovereign,

If you like History, I would recommend going to Greyline Tours in New Orleans and taking the Cocktail Walking Tour. You will learn a lot of the local history, going back to Spanish, French and Canadian roots, and hear entertaining stories about New Orleans.

We have taken it twice over the past 4 years.
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I am assuming you saw my response to your other thread. Thoughts on your new plan:

Tupelo is a nice enough place, but the only real point of interest there is Elvis' birthplace which is just a little shack. I'd probably give it a pass unless there is a special event going on when you'll be there.

Driving two segments of the Natchez Trace may not be a wise use of your time. It is a nice quiet ride with pleasant, if unspectacular, views. The speed limit is 50 mph and very rigidly enforced.

Nashville has some interesting spots, but I'd do some research first to see if there are things there you really want to see rather than just showing up and looking around. I have not been to Atlanta in some years, but there may be many more things you'd like to see there such as Stone Mountain, the Underground, etc. Perhaps you'd rather spend more time poking around Atlanta than going to Nashville at all.

Graceland is on the south side of Memphis, so you may be able to pop in there on your drive up from Clarksdale and save yourself some time for other things the following day.
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Agreed with Tom - if you keep Nashville, I'd forget Tupelo and give yourself at least one full day in Nashville. The CMHOF is fantastic, but there's a lot more to see, especially compared to Tupelo. (Do I recall correctly that you're a country fan? If so, the backstage tour at the Ryman is a lot of fun, and you might catch a show at the Bluebird or Station Inn.)
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