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Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

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Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

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.

Thoughts?

We'll be in New Orleans in between Xmas & NYE, what will hotel prices be like in this time?

Thanks :D

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1. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

Papa Noel rates will be pretty good in NO but with it being a friday night and saturday night the rates are higher or if its nights thursday and friday and get away day saturday..you will find the thursday night cheaper but rates will be pretty good ...you can take a look ahead using any of the hotel searches or also here at trip advisor to get an idea...the papa noel special rates haven't been posted yet.

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2. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

Stay downtown in Memphis near Beale Street and walk to all the attractions. Have breakfast at Blue and White in Tunica on your way to Clarksdale. Have lunch at Ground Zero in Clarksdale and dinner at Rusty's in Vicksburg. Be sure to visit the National Military Park in VB. Here's a few joint on your way from NOLA to Mobile.

Trapani's @ 833 Highway 90 # 3, Bay St. Louis, MS 228 - 467 - 8570.

Shaggy's Harbor Bar and Grill @ 120 S. Hiern Ave., Pass Harbor, Pass Christian, MS. 228 - 452 - 9939.

http://www.shaggys.biz/

Darwells Cafe @ 127 East 1st St., Long Beach, MS. 228 - 868 - 8946.

http://www.darwellscafe.co

Steve’s Marina @ 213 East Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, Mississippi 228 - 265 - 5520.

http://www.stevesmarina.com/

Half Shell Oyster House @ FL 1st, 2500 13th St., Gulfport, MS 228 - 867 - 7001.

http://halfshelloysterhouse.com/

Blow Fly Inn @ 1201 Washington Ave., Gulfport, MS 228 - 896 - 9812.

http://www.blowflyinn.com/

Ole Biloxi Schooner @ 871 Howard Ave., Biloxi, MS 228 - 435 - 8071.

Fillin Station @ 692 Howard Ave., Biloxi, MS 228 - 432 - 5565.

http://www.fillinstationbiloxi.com/

Bayview Gourmet @ 1010 Robinson St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 4252.

Fayard's BP @ 6905 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 1020.

Kenny Ward's @ 1504 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 818 - 4505.

Phoenicia Gourmet Cuisine @ 123 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 0603.

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint @ 7501 Hwy. 57, Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 9590.

http://www.theshedbbq.com/ordereze/intro.html

Bozo's Grocery @ 2012 Ingalls Ave., Pascagoula, MS 228 - 762 - 3322.

Tay’s BBQ @ 3602 Ingalls Avenue Pascagoula, MS 228 – 205 - 2167.

facebook.com/pages/Tays-BBQ/183971898302626…

Tugus Restaurant @ 6909 Highway 613, Moss Point, MS 228 - 474 - 9910.

The Boiling Pot @ Suite G, 5300 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, AL 251 - 602 - 8405.

http://www.theboilingpotllc.com/

The Brick Pit @ 5456 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL 251 - 343 - 0001.

http://brickpit.com/

Wintzell's Oyster House @ 605 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 251 - 432 - 4605.

http://www.wintzellsoysterhouse.com/

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3. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

I misread...day 21 and day 22 for the 21st and 22nd of dec....rate information would be the same for the post christmas time..higher on weekends.

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4. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

The only place I think you *might* have a chance of snow that time of year would be at points E, F, & G on your trip.

If we have some kind of freak snow storm, then you won't be driving any where else anyway.....we're not used to snow, and the roads get closed.

I second this opinion heartily :

Blow Fly Inn @ 1201 Washington Ave., Gulfport, MS 228 - 896 - 9812.

http://www.blowflyinn.com/

I LOVE to eat at this place !

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5. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

Also, I realize you said your Dad is a big Elvis fan, but there really is nothing to see in Tupelo , except that tiny house. It will take all of 5 minutes.

Your trip sounds so very lovely !

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6. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

I realize I'm serial posting .....sorry !

I see you're driving through Chattanooga. We really like a small family owned Greek restaurant there called "The Acropolis". It's not fancy, nor expensive, but the staff is friendly, and the food is really good. Thought you might want to stop and grab lunch there.

Chattanooga also has quite the unique ,kitschy, and strange tourist attraction called "Rock City" . I don't think you'll encounter anything like it anywhere else.

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7. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

Thanks for all the suggestions, Rock City looks good...just not enough time though to fit it all in. Shows like Blow Fly in is the place to go.

But I 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.

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!!

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8. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

I would definitely keep the four nights in New Orleans! I also think that 3 nights in a few of the other cities is a bit much. Memphis is nice, but 3 nights would be too much, in my opinion. And I could drop Nashville off completely, but that's just me. I haven't been to Savannah and/or Charleston and I think they look beautiful, but I could think that they might be a lot alike, And to throw one more into the mix, have you considered Natchez, Mississippi? If you are looking for Civil War history and plantations, Natchez would be a great place to visit. There are more remaining plantations in Natchez than anywhere else, and I would imagine that they are all decorated for Christmas. Several of them have bed and breakfast accommodations.

As far as flipping your route around and going to New Orleans earlier in your trip, that might not be a bad idea. On a very long trip, I am usually more refreshed and excited at the very beginning. Plus, NO celebrates "Christmas New Orleans Style" during December, but most of the events end after Christmas Day. By visiting NO first, you would be there during the height of the events/festivities, many of which are free or very inexpensive, and you would find very reasonable 'Papa Noel' hotel rates. The rates will go up the closer you get to New Years.

I'm sure you will have a wonderful trip!!

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9. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

Whoops, I see that in your original posting you did mention visiting Natchez.. I would choose to stay overnight in Natchez rather than Vicksburg, but I would definitely visit the battleground in Vicksburg.

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10. Re: Deep South Christmas Roadtrip

Thanks, I was thinking of just leaving the trip with ending in New Orleans, but now you've got me thinking, start in NOLA, have a blast, then still finish the trip on a high with NYE in Atlanta. It's just doing the long drive from Atl to NOLA putting me off at the beginning of the trip.