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Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

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Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

Hey guys coming to the States for 24nights in December over Xmas and New Year, it's Dad and DD21, but we can't decide on route for the trip! I was thinking of reserving the trip round, which would start us off in New Orleans but I really wanted to end the trip on a high in NOLA!

I'm thinking maybe this route instead:

Atl [1 night] > Savannah [2 nights] > Charleston [3 nights] > Wilmington [1 night] > Asheville [2 nights] > Gatlinburg [2 nights] > Nashville [3 nights] > Memphis [3 nights] > Vicksburg [1 night] > New Orleans [4 nights] > Altanta [2 nights]

At the minute though puts us in Vicksburg for Xmas day, vica versa Charleston, but it would be driving from Memphis to Vicksburg on Xmas Day, or Wilmington to Charleston on Xmas Day.

New Year Eve will be Atlanta as we fly home on Jan 1st.

I'd had a few people recommed I don't need 3 nights in Savannah, Nashville and Memphis. I'd decided I could probably cut a night from Savannah, but I need the 3 nights in both Nash & Mem, as I want to visit Jack Daniel's Distrilly & Franklin, TN and need time to do so, and Memphis I want to go the the zoo so will need a half day for this.

I've also cut Blowing Rock from the route, and Blue Ridge...and hopefully save that for another trip one day, as there could be snow, and icy closed roads, and don't want this to affect our trip. Instead I've put Wilmington, NC in, as I'm a One Tree Hill fan, and my Dad, Dawson's Creek.

If I don't do 4 nights in NOLA, I was thinking I could either add it back to Savannah, put Blowing Rock back in the mix, or add to either Asheville or Gatlinburg.

Soo confused!!

Thanks

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1. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

Hello again! Sorry to bring this thread up again, still thinking about my route;

I think it's probably best to reverse the route and start in New Orleans [so we'll be refreshed and ready for the city!!], and mainly due to Christmas Day, this route puts us driving from Asheville to Charleston on Xmas Day.

Atl [1 night] > ??Gulf Coast [1 night]?? > New Orleans [4 nights] > Natchez/Vicksburg[1 night] > Memphis [3 nights] > ??Chatanooga [1 night]?? > Nashville [3 nights] > Gatlinburg [2 nights] > Asheville [2 nights] > Charleston [3 nights] > Savannah [2 nights] > Atlanta [2 nights]

I still have this extra night, flowing around. I was thinking of maybe stopping for the night in Chatanooga, to see the Delta Queen, and Rock City, or a lot of people have recommended the Gulf Coast, but I didn't think the beach would be very approriate in December, also where on the Gulf Coast?, and I would want somewhere on the way from Atlanta to New Orleans, not a major detour, somewhere where it would only be 5hr drives max. each day.

I also thinking of staying the night in Natchez rather than Vicksburg, as on the way out of NOLA, I want to visit the Tabasco Factory, in Avery Island, and to do that, then drive all the way to Vicksburg, I think is too much for one day, and Natchez would be more do-able.

What do you think?

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2. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

The Mississipi Gulf Coast (Gulf Shores, Pass Christian, etc) is lovely with full gaming casinos and beautiful white sand beaches, about 6 hours from ATL / 2 from New Orleans. Driving from Wilmington to Asheville will be tough -- very long and hard on a day. Ditto for a couple other routes you mentioned, Chattanooga is defintely worth at least one night -- ChooChoo, Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Rock City. Atlanta and Nashville are each less than 2 hours away, so Chattanooga also makes for a good central stopover (you don't want to spend all your time driving)

Charleston and Savannah are about right, 2 hours apart. I would get bored in New Orleans after 3 days. Outside the French Quarter, the city is very sketchy. Atlanta has more to see and do IMO. Why people think its just some city to fly in and out of is beyond me.

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