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Road trip from New Orleans to Memphis

Road trip from New Orleans to Memphis

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1. Re: Road trip from New Orleans to Memphis

Jackson & Vicksburg are good places to stop. If you are taking I-55 then further north you have Clarksdale, never been but I reckon it's the real deal to experience the blues. You could also call in on Tupelo and perhaps visit the Elvis birthplace.

Shiloh national park is north east of Tupelo just outside of Savannah,Tn. It's really good there and would be worth a visit.

Morgan Freeman has a restaurant in Clarksdale and does get some good reviews.

The problem is 3 days is not really enough time to see all the places. We come over to the states every year and we have 3 weeks but even that is never enough time.

Hope that helps somewhat, anyway, have a good trip.

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3. Re: Road trip from New Orleans to Memphis

Agreed that Natchez is an interesting and culturally absorb able stop, maybe worth a stay in an Antebellum B&B, but not sure about Jackson. Greenwood has a Unique 4 star hotel right in the middle of old Delta Main St. surroundings attached to a well reviewed family restaurant, and with a small library upstairs replete with books about local Blues origins of all sorts. Robert Johnson is buried close by and B.B.King started his DJay career in a site one block down. If you are so inclined, the renown cooking school right across the street will, for a fee, instruct you, then put you on a team to compete with your fellow guests for the title of champion chefs for a day. Naturally you will require a little wine for inspiration at the prep table. If your significant other chooses to linger behind and not participate, an interesting mix of hotel guests and Delta society gather in the hotel lounge and bar across the street to offer you a glimpse into a world not so much like New York!

As to sampling that Barbecue, wait till you reach Memphis to find the right variety from which to choose. Good Q declines exponentially with every mile travelled from there!

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4. Re: Road trip from New Orleans to Memphis

It would help if you knew the Name of this place wouldn't it?

The Alluvian Hotel and Spa, Greenwood, MS

Google It!

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5. Re: Road trip from New Orleans to Memphis

Hi Wordwiz,

My suggestion would be to go 55 out of New Orleans to Jackson. From Jackson go west on 20 to Vicksburg. From Vicksburg travel north on old 61 (The Blues Hwy) to Memphis. I cannot give you any info on Jackson but, I can give you some of our favorites from Vicksburg to Memphis.

Vicksburg:

Hotels: I assume you will be traveling on weekdays. If this is correct, you can get good rates at the Casinos. We have stayed at Diamond Jacks many times. You can upgrade to a suite which has a balcony that overlooks the Mississippi River. The hotel at the Riverwalk Casino is about 2 years old---we haven't stayed there yet but will be there early in March.

Historical sites: Vicksburg National Military Park, Court House Museum, Coke Museum (Biedenharn Museum). The McRaven House is a really interesting tour.

Restaurants: Rusty's Riverfront Grill, Jacques

Leland: At intersection of hwy 61 and Hwy 82 go west. There is a small blues museum, the Jim Henson Museum (small but kinda cool), and there are blues related murals painted on buildings downtown., Connies Bakery is a "must" for us.

East of hwy61/hwy intersection is Indianola where BB King's new museum is located.

Clarksdale: Delta Blues Museum, Ground Zero Blues Club, CatsHead (music/local art store). You can rent apartments on a nightly basis above the Ground Zero Club.

Memphis: Beale Street---live music at various clubs.

I hope I have been of some help to you. Nanaju

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6. Re: Road trip from New Orleans to Memphis

wordwiz,

good info here. a few more options would include...

in Jackson, try the 930 Blues Cafe, downtown on Congress. Good food and good music. DEFINITELY where you want to go if you end up in Jackson, but other than that, i really cannot add anything to visiting jackson either.

www.jesdablues.com

In Vicksburg, another good place to look at staying is the Cedar Grove Mansion. Lots of history including a cannonball still lodged in the ballroom wall. depending on the day, it could be $$$, but worth a look.

www.cedargroveinn.com

Also, i'd second the vote for Jacques & Rusty's but another restaurant in Visckburg you don't want to miss is Walnut Hills. A true southern hospitality experience with the big tables and lazy susans, etc.

www.walnuthillsms.net

In Clarksdale, staying at the Shack Up Inn is a truly unique experience. check it out.

www.shackupinn.com

Finally, BE SURE you spend a few minutes checking out the following website. Gives A LOT of info on every town along US 61 between Vicksburg and Memphis. restaurants, activities, lodging, shopping, links, etc. GREAT website.

www.visitthedelta.com

Have a great trip!!

Miller

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7. Re: Road trip from New Orleans to Memphis

A lot of the route depends on your interests. If music is your thing, I'd focus on getting quickly up I-55 to the Delta and Memphis, both of which have a natural connection with the New Orleans music you'll have just left behind. The BB King Museum in Indianola is excellent. The Alluvian in nearby Greenwood is a nice place to stay if your budget allows. You will want to stop in Clarksdale, too. Memphis has any number of must-do's for the music lover. If your interests lean to antebellum homes or the Civil War, look at Natchez and Vicksburg, respectively. Don't try to cover it all or you'll be driving like a maniac and won't enjoy it. Be sure to get some hot tamales, fried catfish and BBQ along the way.

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