Hi, we've [Dad & DD21] got our flights booked for our Roadtrip this yr, flying in and out of Atlanta, early december in the states for christmas and new year's eve, flying home Jan 1. Now I'm trying to sort out an itinerary, but there's soo much to do in the south.
I'm thinking something along the route of this http://tinyurl.com/c4hbtqu We've got 24nights, the first night is already lost to Atlanta and we don't land until gone 6pm. I don't mind where we end up on Christmas, but we'll be in Atlanta for NYE as we fly out the next day, so I was thinking of saving the sights of Atlanta for the end of the trip.
Will we encur any snow anywhere on our travels, do you think we'll need snow tyres? We've never driven using snow tyres before, England just shuts down when it snows!
Atlanta [1 night] > Savannah [3 nights] > Charleston [3 nights] > Blowing Rock[1 night] > Asheville [2 nights] > Gatlinburg [2 nights] > Nashville [3 nights] > Memphis [3 nights] > Vicksburg [1 night] > New Orleans [3 nights] > Atlanta [2 nights]
This puts us in Memphis for Christmas Day & Atlanta for NYE.
Plan is at the moment,
Day 1 - Arrive late into Atlanta, spend the night
Day 2 - Get up next day drive to Savannah, Sightsee afternoon
Day 3,4 - Two full days in Savannah, including daytrip to Tybee Island: Is it worth seeing TI in decemeber?
Day 5 - Drive to Charleston, stopping in Beaufort
Day 6,7 - Two Full Days in Charleston
Day 8 - Drive to Blowing Rock
Day 9 - Day's drive on Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville
Day 10 - Full Day in Asheville for Biltmore
Day 11 - Drive to Gatlinburg, go to Dollywood open 2-9pm
Day 12 - Full Day in Smokie Mountains
Day 13 - Drive to Nashville, arriving late. Stopping in Lychburg, TN for Jack Daniels' Tour, and Franklin, TN for wonder and probably dinner.
Day 14,15 - Two Full Days in Nashville
Day 16 - Drive to Memphis, Sightsee
Day 17,18 - Two Full Days in Memphis, over Christmas
Day 19 - Drive to Tupelo, Oxford, Clarksdale and finally Vicksburg [I realise this will be a long day, its Tupelo that makes the drive long, but my dad is a major Elvis fan]
Day 20 - Morning in Vicksburg, drive to Natchez and maybe even Baton Rouge, finally New Orleans
Day 21,22 - Two Full Days in New Orleans
Day 23 - Drive to Atlanta, via Mobile
Day 24 - Full Day in Atlanta [NYE]
Day 25, Jan 1st, majority of day in Atlanta, late flight home at 8pm.
I hear that Gatlinburg goes all out for Christmas, and is a good place to stay when visting the Smokies and Dollywood. Unsure whether to do Dixie's Stampede? I know I havn't got much time for the Smokies, but it's better than nothing, and we have the full day to tours the parts of interest to us.