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Old Jan 13th, 2015, 01:09 PM
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"Not sure if we would be better to stay away from NOLA and do more in the Smokies...maybe head for the beaches of SC or NC?"

Ooooh, some people will LOVE you if you do that!

I'm not saying that NOLA is not great (it is) but you can get a taste of a southern/European style city via Savannah AND Charleston. If you decide to shift east (rather than west) we can help you plan a great trip - heading south from Atlanta, down to the coast, the coastal cities, then up to the highlands/mountains and then back to Atlanta for your flight out. We can direct you to beignets, good music, and a lot of what you are interested in. It would be more coastal (with breezed) and then mountains (cooler and no humidity problems) and you'd have a great trip.

Two good New Orleans style restaurants in the state -
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...n_Georgia.html
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...h_Georgia.html
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Old Jan 13th, 2015, 01:12 PM
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Re football - there's a chance you could watch practice
Maybe Falcons -
http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/a...0-48aab73af8df
(this is from last year)
Maybe college or high school (and we have some really big high schools)...
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Old Jan 13th, 2015, 01:28 PM
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they are NFL mad but all the pre-seasons that we hoped we could catch were away fixtures... not sure we would get the tickets if they weren't.

You can ALWAYS get a ticket in any city. Look at Charlotte again maybe. We have the team and I'm surprised you can't get a direct flight.
Panthers training camp is in Spartanburg SC--between Charlotte and Atlanta. But August, I think everyone is in their home city training camp
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Old Jan 13th, 2015, 06:51 PM
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they are NFL mad but all the pre-seasons that we hoped we could catch were away fixtures

mamabear, I do not understand your comment about the preseason games. The 2015 NFL preseason schedule will not be announced until this spring (April or May).

In fact, the regular season schedule will not be announced until April, either.

In addition, it looks like college football does not get underway until September 5 (with a few exceptions).

What dates will you be in the US?
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 01:23 AM
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Hi Cranachin...Sorry I was talking about our last two trips to the US, both in August....Denver Bronchos and Seattle Seahawks had started their pre-season schedule but both were away fixtures. Gretchen..There are flights from Uk but go via other European capitals....the amount of time in the air and waiting at airports seems a waste when we can fly direct but I will take another look for sure. Starrs, thanks for the info as usual....we saw the Falcons when they played at Wembley this year so would be great to see them in Atlanta...but will definitely look at college football which has more support than our local soccer team! Would Atlanta-Chatanooga-Nashville-Memphis and then over to Montgomery before heading over to Savannah/Charleston be do-able if we do decide to leave NOLA out? If so, should I start a new post or will that simply start the weather debate again? Just a quickie on that point.......I've been checking out when Katrina et al visited.....all in August
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 02:50 AM
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Oh, disappointing about the routing. We used to have direct flights to London, but much has changed lately.
Starrs can help you better with the routing, but you might come east from Nashville to Asheville and then down to Charleston.
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 04:00 AM
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US Air, American and BA all have direct flights from Heathrow into Charlotte. I haven't read through the entire thread so perhaps I've missed where the OP wants to fly out of in the UK.
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 04:44 AM
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I think I misunderstood. If you are still doing Memphis and Montgomery, it makes sense to keep in NOLA. You're almost there. Well, only a 6 hour difference in the driving route so I'd still go. But you can still fit in Savannnah and/or Charleston and head to the mountains too. I'd really like for your son to see Andersonville. Yes, there can be hurricanes in August - that's one of the hurricane months - but it's very unlikely that one will hit when you are here. The good news is, there's warning so if need be you can change your plans along the way. That's the beauty of a road trip. I'd be happy to play around with a routing if you want. You could start a new thread if you want but there's some good information by a variety of posters here. If you decide to do that, outline in your OP your goals and state that you know the weather may be hot and humid but you've decide to move forward. After reading about your other threads, I have no doubts that y'all are up for it and will have a blast. And again, if it's too hot and you're not happy, head for the hills and we'll give new suggestions.
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 07:01 AM
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Thanks OBXgirl. I would have been shocked if these were removed. ;o)
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 07:52 AM
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You're right OBXgirl....only USair fly there...the other two code share. Can I just ask what the benefits are to flying there instead of Atlanta, where to be fair we will only spend the night we arrive?
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 08:07 AM
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I don't know that there are benefits to you, mamabear. When I skimmed the thread, I thought Charlotte had been mentioned as a possible good start & stop for some different versions of the itinerary you are considering. If that's not relevant, then Atlanta surely offers more flight flexibility.

As a minor aside I'll say that I think Charlotte is a very pleasant airport experience compared to Atlanta which can be a chaotic zoo b/c of the amount of traffic passing through. I'd rather be stuck in Charlotte than Atlanta any day but I definitely wouldn't upend an otherwise good itinerary to avoid flying in and out of Atlanta.
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 08:16 AM
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After reading this, I want to plan another trip to the South! Once you figure out your route, mamabear, fill us in. On my last trip to the South, both starrs and Gretchen gave me some good advice.

starrs~found out yesterday that my BIL will be going to Bavaria for four years after all. While I was disappointed he won't be assigned to Tennessee, I am pleased with the thought of visiting them in Bavaria!!
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 09:11 AM
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I originally suggested Charlotte to start off with a loop, through Asheville, on to Nashville, etc. Then a return to Charlotte from Charleston, to me is easier than a return to Atlanta. Starrs can chime in on this.
I agree with all OBXgirl said--Atlanta holds no charms for me any more--40 years ago it was kind of "exciting"!! LOL

USAir and American are now one so that should be a pretty easy share.
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 10:16 AM
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tenthumbs, Bavaria is great! We could go for a visit - AFTER you visit me in the mountains. I'll give you a cosmos update

I have no thoughts on the Charlotte airport. I usually drove to Charlotte vs. flying. The Atlanta airport isn't charming by any means, but it does handle a LOT of passengers very well. I think Atlanta works for their arrival because they are headed west. Personally, I'd like for her to fly out of Atlanta because there's stuff I want her to see on the way from Asheville en route to Atlanta. Nothing against Charlotte though.

Maybe tenthumbs can pipe up and share her thoughts on the route through my favorite mountains. Easy drive back to Atlanta, beautiful wildflowers along the way and some neat things to see. Any way she chooses is a win-win.
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 12:31 PM
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What's she doing for the Charleston portion?
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 12:34 PM
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I don't think the second part of the trip - Savannah/Charleston/mountains has been discussed yet.
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 01:52 PM
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Personally, I'd like for her to fly out of Atlanta because there's stuff I want her to see on the way from Asheville en route to Atlanta. Nothing against Charlotte though.

I posted only to say that there are direct flights between the UK and Charlotte. Didn't realize that interfered with your plans for the OP. Stepping away now.
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 02:06 PM
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Maybe not, but my point would be and wss that a return to Charlotte would be easier from Charleston than to Atlanta for departure.
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 02:07 PM
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I don't have plans for the OP.

She wants to drive to Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans and Montgomery, and possibly Savannah and Charleston.

If anyone feels that Charlotte is a better airport for that routing, feel free to share that opinion.

When/if she decides what she's going to do re the mountains, I'm going to suggest some of my favorite places en route from Asheville to Atlanta. She hasn't decided what she's going to do re the mountains so I've not made any suggestions yet. If anyone else has (so far) I've missed those suggestions.

Charlotte to NOLA is 700 miles. That's a long haul but there may be a reason that Charlotte is a preferred airport that I'm not aware of.
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 02:11 PM
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Earlier in the thread (during the heat and humidity discussion) folks recommended that she head to the mountains. If she heads to Asheville, a departure from Charlotte would be about an hour closer than Atlanta - but the one way car rental may be more expensive. All of the above is speculation because I don't think she's decided where she wants to end the trip.
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