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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 11:14 PM
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OK....We will be flying to/from Atlanta due to cheaper air fare, no one way car rentals and because we are going to try to take in a Falcons/Braves game subject to their schedule but either way my NFL mad sons have made it their goal to visit every stadium we come across!! Stone mountain and Cyclorama look interesting so will spend 1-2 nights there to acclimatise. Them the plan is to head up to Nashville (through Chatanooga) and Memphis. We know we want to go to Savannah and Charleston, up to the mountains and back through Ashville to Atlanta. It's just the middle section....go to NOLA then Montgomery or head to Montgomery from Memphis and spend more time in SC and the mountains. Hope you can stay and help obxgirl....what route did you take tenthumbs....
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Old Jan 15th, 2015, 03:06 PM
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For your NFL-mad sons: in addition to teams in cities you have on your route (Atlanta, Nashville, and maybe New Orleans and/or Charlotte), there is a team in Jacksonville, Florida (2 hours from Savannah). Be sure to check their schedule when you are looking at the others!

Not that the Jaguars (that's JAG-wahrz, not JAG-yoo-ahrz!) are a great team—but they might be playing one.
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Old Jan 16th, 2015, 09:29 AM
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Thanks will do
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Old Jan 20th, 2015, 10:31 PM
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I won't claim to have read all the posts, but don't forget to check out Amtrak rail options between Memphis and New Orleans, etc.
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To reassure, bkington, it's covered.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 08:25 AM
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>I'm going to suggest some of my favorite places en route from Asheville to Atlanta.<

starrs made some recommendations for a friend and me when we drove to Asheville from Atlanta, and they were great. One of the best ones was stopping at Tallulah Falls. We never would have known about it had I not gotten the tip from a Fodorite.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 08:38 AM
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Thanks, tenthumbs!

I have a lot of favorites between Atlanta and Asheville. I could keep you busy in the 200 mile stretch for days.

I've not posted suggestions yet because I'm waiting to see what the OP's route may be. I know there are lots of people with great ideas in NC. I hope she saves at least 2-3 days to continue her return to Atlanta for the flight. If she heads Asheville way, I'll chime in for suggestions. That corner of the state (and eastern TN/ western NC) is one of my favorite places on earth and there's a lot that folks just drive by. I know Ack has family from the area too. When she's ready for more ideas, many of us will be ready to share.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 09:24 AM
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Here's my suggested route, based on forty years or so living in Atlanta and travelling in the South. I'm a huge Civil War fan as well, so can help with that. I may repeat some of the above advice, but:

In Atlanta, be sure to visit the Atlanta History Center which has a very good exhibit on the overall strategies of the two sides and the importance of Atlanta in the War. Not much left of the War on the ground in Atlanta; the Battle of Ezra Church is probably the one best marked and easiest to find and see what happened. The markers are in Mozley Park on MLK Boulevard on the west side; you can get there on MLK from downtown and will go past the Atlanta University Center, home to five historically Black universities; one of the Civil War forts (both Confederate and then Union) is on the hill at Morris Brown University. For Civil Rights, I'd go to the ML King Center rather than the new Civil Rights museum. You can tour Ebenezer Baptist Church and Kings boyhood home and walk down Auburn Avenue.

Between Atlanta and Nashville, there are a large number of important battlefields: Kennesaw Mountain, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Franklin are very close to I-75. Lots of others not too far off.

Then take I-40 west to Memphis. When you cross the Tennessee River, be aware that there are some important Civil War Battlefields, two north (Forts Henry and Donelson) and south (Shiloh); not that easy to get to from I-40, but if you're willing to drive a ways, I like Shiloh better and you can go right into Memphis from there on US 64. You could also go down to Florence, Alabama, where Helen Keller lived and can visit the cabin in which W.C. Handy (the composer) was born.

Memphis has Graceland, of course, but also Sun Studios where Elvis and many others first recorded and also Civil Rights Museum --at the site of the Lorraine Hotel where MLK was assassinated.

Then down Highway 61 to Clarksdale, MS and then to Vicksburg which would be worth at least overnight stop for a Civil War buff. We've been there several times and there is a good Marriott Courtyard hotel on the other side of I-20 from there.
Then take continue on Highway 61 to Natchez, have a look around, but be sure to see St. Francisville on the way to Baton Rouge and then NOLA.

Because you'll have a car, I'll recommend Hotel Richelieu in the corner of the French Quarter; they have parking which used to be free but they might charge for it now. Funky old hotel and easy to get to.

Then take US 90 from NOLA to Mobile and you should be able to get a taste of the Gulf of Mexico along the way. Jefferson Davis' home is along US90.

Then take I 65 north from Mobile to Montgomery. See the Civil Rights stuff in Montgomery, then if you have time, go over to Selma. Get back on the Expressway (I85 this time), stop at Tuskegee, ALA to visit Tuskegee Institute, and go to Columbus, GA. Confederate Naval Museum is there and also Fort Benning which has a great museum. Someone mentioned the Little White House also which is near Columbus but north

I would then leave I85 and take US80 to Macon from Columbus. That way you don't have to go back to Atlanta. Pick up I-16 and go to Savannah, then up the coast to Charleston, then take I-26 through Columbia.

Won't dwell on what's in Savannah and Charleston, but Columbia was burned by Sherman's troops during the "March through the Carolinas," a much more difficult military feat than the March through Georgia. You can take a self-guided walking tour of Sherman's "visit" to Columbia.

You can reach Asheville from I-26 then take I-85 back down to Atlanta.

This of course leaves out a lot--like all of Florida, but it does give you a suggestion of how I would get from Memphis to Savannah if I had your interests. If you want more detail on any of this, let us know.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 09:45 AM
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One more thing--it would be possible to see the Virginia and Maryland Battlefields as well as Appomattox Court House in about ten days as we've done that before. If I were a Civil War buff and were coming to the eastern US in August, I'd do that rather than going to Memphis and points south.

That way you could also drive back to Charleston and Savannah along the Eastern Seaboard close to the Atlantic Ocean, which would almost certainly be cooler and less humid. Outer Banks, too, which are quite interesting.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 09:49 AM
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I think that's a great routing! The only thing I'd add would be Andersonville. And IF the weather is hot and humid, it only helps to enhance the experience. Andersonville was hell in a war full of hell.

http://www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm

I also think they would really enjoy Westville.

Both mentioned early on Jan. 7 ^^^

It doesn't matter if they are headed to Atlanta or Savannah after Montgomery - both could be fit in on the route and I think would add a lot to their trip to the South.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 09:59 AM
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Great suggestions dwdvagamundo...Starrs am planning away..... so far Atlanta for two nights to fit in all thats above.....Chatanooga (1N) Lookout mountain and Chickamauga, Nashville (2N) for the music scene and possibly Grand Ole Oprey. Will definitely head to Shiloh on the way to Memphis (2N) Graceland, Sun Studios and Civil Rights Museum and BBQ! Heading down to NOLA (2N) with a stay at Vicksburg or Natchez (1N).... Looking good so far? Any suggestions on hotels/restaurants...... that leaves 11 days to do the rest!
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 10:20 AM
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I've recommended hotel suggestions for Lookout Mountain and Nashville so far. My favorite place in New Orleans is the Dauphine Orleans. They do offer parking and it is pricy, but I'd just absorb that $60 as part of the trip and not worry about it.

You've got a great trip shaping up.
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Old Jan 21st, 2015, 11:39 AM
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Make the Opry a definite. I would also recommend the Loveless Cafe~best breakfast ever! My friend even said their food was just as good as her southern grandmother's.
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Glad to hear Loveless is still good! I was going to recommend it, but it's been 30 years since I ate there.

Of course, I ate there for their fried chicken and biscuits at dinner.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2015, 07:22 AM
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A review of the Colonnade Restaurant appeared in this morning's Atlanta paper that made me think of you. While you are in Atlanta, I'd recommend you eat a meal there It offers authentic old Atlanta food--the restaurant was founded in 1927 and hasn't changed the menu much, if any, since then-- and a very diverse crowd. The friend chicken is outstanding but everything is good.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2015, 07:37 AM
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The Colannade is great. Old Atlanta and new = the gays and grays.
Full bar, which is a bit unusual in that kind of restaurant, but Mary Mac has one as well.

They just started accepting credit cards, which was a big surprise to all. Some on their waitstaff have been there for decades.

A very good choice!
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I do miss the old Hotel Roanoke (in Roanoke, Virginia) - they had dishes like spoon bread and peanut soup, all served fine dining/white gloves service with rack of lamb and other dishes. And now, we look to fried chicken and a plate of livers...sigh.
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And Indian food too.

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Good food is good food.
All kinds of of restaurants abound.
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"the gays and treys?"

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