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Georgia & Tennessee any tips? by anneharris on 12 February 2005 11:05pm
We are planning to fly to Atlanta and drive round Georgia, Tennessee and possibly Louisana for 3 weeks - we've never done it before, - any helpful suggestions re the driving, where to visit, where to stay?
Re: Georgia & Tennessee any tips? by peripatetically on 13 February 2005 2:35am
Anne, where are you from and what are your interests? I have driven through the Deep SOuth on the way to New Orleans and we had a marvelous time. But we had a certain interest in the Civil War sites. Even if you aren't interested that much in it, there is uch to enjoy at the battlefields and overlooking the rivers, seeing the mansions, etc. And also plantations.

More information is needed from you though.

Patty (Maryland, USA)
Re: Georgia & Tennessee any tips? by George on 13 February 2005 10:35pm
If the local music scene might be of any interest, please check out Nashville for country/western or Memphis for blues. Memphis was also the home of Elvis Presley, Graceland. It's very gaudy, but it's an absolute "must see" for anyone who ever liked him or his music. All of these have lots of attractions for visitors. Tennessee is also my favorite state to drive through, particularly the eastern half with its mountains and forests.
Re: Georgia & Tennessee any tips? by anneharris on 13 February 2005 11:41pm
peripatetically - we are from Scotland, my husband is interested in the civil war sites, I'm more interested in the plantation houses, scenery, nice places to stay - is it easy to get accomodation? - should we try to book ahead?
Really appreciate you and George taking the time to reply.
Re: Georgia & Tennessee any tips? by peripatetically on 14 February 2005 2:53am
Ahhhhh, Scotland. Seems a great place, and an area I have yet to discover for myself.

As for lodging, we didn't book lodging in advance, except for in Louisiana. That's where we spent the majority of our time... New Orleans during the Jazz Fest week. We stayed at a B&B off of St. Charles Avenue, called the Napolean. Not sure if it still exists though as we were there in 1992. I would advise against staying in the French Quarter. It's very noisy and not too clean and very touristy. The River Road , outside New Orleans, is full of antebellum plantation mansions and well worth the drive. (The levees are there too.) Your husband would enjoy them as they are part of the history of the Civil War period.

What I will do is get my little journal and album and try to tell you some more things that might be useful to know. Give me a bit of time. Maybe Monday, Valentine's Day???

There are many famous jazz clubs and places to dine. Musicians often perform right in the street and other performers can be seen too. St. Louis Cathedral is really pretty and there are lovely antique shops too. All this is near, or in, the French Quarter.

I can tell you that if you go to New Orleans, it is a party town and lots to see and do. Be careful not to wander far off the well beaten path, however. Crime is part of the scene as in any big city. Food in the South is tops in most restaurants that are not chains. New Orleans has a Garden District which is best seen on foot. Walk the streets and admire the many homes and gardens. Perhaps find a guide pamphlet to explain who lives where and somehistory of the homes.

The cemeteries are really fascinating too ... the graves are above ground due to the city being below sea level. Take some care there too.

Transportation is quite easy and fun in New Orleans proper. If you can walk or park your car near St. Charles Avenue, you can take the trolley to many of the interesting areas... French Quarter, Garden District, and I believe the Audobon Zoo. Toulane University is there too, if you are familiar with it.

I agree with George about the eastern past of the Tennessee. Mountains and forests are quite nice there.

This is a start. I'll get more info for you by tomorrow.


P.S. I DON'T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT GEORGIA although I have been to Savannah and drove straight through to Florida with family when I was a child. Atlanta isn't near enough to Savannah, though, if you have an itinerary to drive westward.
Re: Georgia & Tennessee any tips? by George on 14 February 2005 4:10am
That's right. New Orleans is a country all to itself. Easily the top adult attraction in the US. As for making advanced reservations, go ahead, please. I always found driving much easier knowing a bed was waiting for me at the end a long day. Most have a 6PM check in, so if you find something more interesting in the meantime, you can always cancel without penalty.
Re: Georgia & Tennessee any tips? by George on 14 February 2005 4:23am
As for plantation houses,... it, too, is a whole world in itself. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, etc. Plenty of websites. Also. there are authentic paddlewheel steamers that sail down the Mississippi River between Memphis and New Orleans. Very nice accommodations and have all sorts of historical stops and events along the way. "Y'all Come!"
Re: Georgia & Tennessee any tips? by peripatetically on 14 February 2005 5:27pm
OH NO!!!!!! I just spent over an hour typing you about things to see, Anne. When I "submitted" it, too much time had lapsed and it was lost . I'm not sure I can go through that again Especially right now. Grrrrrrrrr.............

I'll try to work on an abbreviated posting later or tomorrow. Sorry... SIGH!
Re: Georgia & Tennessee any tips? by anneharris on 14 February 2005 11:43pm
Thank you all so much for all this information, we really appreciate it - sorry about your lost info peripatetically.
Re: Georgia & Tennessee any tips? by peripatetically on 15 February 2005 1:29am
Hi Anne. I'll try again! HAHAHAHA And I'll do this in increments. lol

Well, to begin with, we travelled from Maryland and probably took a different route at the beginning of our trip. But, if you can, travel through the Smoky Mountains, by way of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. You will not be disappointed. We stayed overnight at Rocky Waters Motor Inn. Not expensive or fancy, but it suited us just fine. (And I'm picky about places where I sleep.) If you go in springtime, there will be rhododendrens blooming throughout the area. Just gorgeous. Lots of rivers and waterfalls, streams, etc. People fishing too. We stopped a few times to hike some trails and one place was at Laurel Falls. We also drove through Cades Cove where it is flatter with mts. in the distance. Lots of wildlfe there, a log cabin, etc. A nice place to picnic too. There is Newfoundland Gap and Chimney Tops. At these heights it is chillier and very very windy, so be prepared even in warm weather. You'll also come across Clingman's Dome and then empty out at Cherokee Indian Reservation. There are shops and crafts and a museum there.
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