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Help needed! Deep South 2014

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Peterhead, United...
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Help needed! Deep South 2014

Hi! I was wondering if anyone can lend some advice. Me and my partner are looking to travel the south for 3 weeks at the end of this year (possibly November time). We are a young couple from Scotland who are looking for something completely different! We have planned a basic route but would love some help/recommendations/advice about our trip.

So far our plan is:

New Orleans - possibly Nashville - Covington GA (I would love to do a Vampire Diaries tour) - Savannah GA (as we've heard this is the most haunted town in America?) - Charleston (I'm a fan of The Notebook) - then up the coast and ending in Washinton DC.

Any suggestions for places to stop inbetween?

Any times to avoid? And any recommendations for ways to travel between these?

Lots of questions I know but would love to get opinions from locals or those who have travelled this area.

Thanks :)

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1. Re: Help needed! Deep South 2014

Check this place out up the coast from Charleston - fun place, kind of like summer camp.

The Pelican Inn

www.pawleyspelican.com

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2. Re: Help needed! Deep South 2014

Perhaps something along the Mississippi Blues Trail: http://msbluestrail.org/

Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute and the Barber Motor Sports Museum are well worth a visit - though the city has little else of real interest.

If you like military history, the 8th Air Force Museum is outside Savannah.

The barrier Islands in South Carolina and the Outer Banks in North Carolina are very nice...but November is out of season.

The Mountains are beautiful...though again wrong season. Hiking - the Snowbird Mountains (Snowbird Mountain Lodge is very nice) and the Nantahala are great. Ashville (Biltmore if you like Guilded Age mansions) and the Great Smokeys are nice - but again out of season. White water rafting: the Ocoee, the Nolichucky (several class 4 cataracts) the French Broad - or even tubing on the Toe...the water is fun. (Can you move it up to October?)

The Gulf beaches are beautiful white sand stretches.

Autumn is US Football season and big time college football is something to see if you can hook up with a native aficionado. Maybe the Saints will be playing for pro-ball in NOLA.

Be sure and read "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" before going to Savannah.

Nashville really does nothing for me. Even less so Atlanta. Just big cities.

Houma and Lafayette deserve a day or two while in Louisiana.

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3. Re: Help needed! Deep South 2014

Savannah is an excellent place to visit. I would recommend spending a couple of nights on Tybee Island (30 minutes from Savannah) Explore Tybee and the surrounding barrier islands.

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4. Re: Help needed! Deep South 2014

End of oct/nov is the only time we can manage, everything sounds great, thanks!

Any recommendations of b&bs/hotels? Somewhere reasonably cheap (maybe $80 a night?) but nice. Trying to book accommodation on a budget

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5. Re: Help needed! Deep South 2014

How about http://www.shackupinn.com/

Many exits off the interstates will have motels at or near those prices. They usually include some sort of breakfast and are OK - nothing special, but not usually a disaster.

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6. Re: Help needed! Deep South 2014

For something somewhat surreal, try Helen, Georgia's Oktoberfest

http://www.helenga.org/events/2014-11

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7. Re: Help needed! Deep South 2014

On your New Orleans - Nashville route, I recommend taking a little time to explore Birmingham, AL. It's right on your route, and lots of interesting things to see: Vulcan, Civil Rights Museum, a lot of great music venues, and wonderful restaurants.

http://www.visitvulcan.com/

https://www.bcri.org/index.html

http://www.birmingham365.org/home4

http://www.birminghamrestaurants.com/

Huntsville, AL is another potential stop. The Space & Rocket Center is there.

http://www.rocketcenter.com/

http://www.huntsville.org/visitors/play/

From Nashville to Covington, I recommend a stop in Chattanooga, TN. It's a lovely city nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian mountain chain. From Lookout Mountain you can see several states. There's the incline railway up or down. Ruby Falls. Rock City.

http://www.lookoutmountain.com/

And if you're interested, there's the Tennessee Aquarium.

http://www.tnaqua.org/Home.aspx

It looks like you'll pass through Atlanta, so definitely stop there. You'll have horrible traffic in Atlanta, so you might as well spend some valuable time there. Tons of restaurants of all kinds. Another aquarium, but this one is my favorite because we paid for an animal encounter and got to get in the tank with the Beluga whales. They have a dolphin encounter too, but that's where the kids go. If you want to have an animal encounter, pick the Belugas. The Coca Cola museum is in Atlanta. Six Flags, but I'm not sure about their November hours, or if they operate at all that month. Atlanta Underground Mall.

http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/

http://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/

http://www.underground-atlanta.com/

Both Savannah and Charleston are wonderful cities to visit. I highly recommend taking the ghost tours in both cities. Charleston has the 2nd oldest established prison in American history, and they have a very interesting evening ghost tour inside the walls.

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8. Re: Help needed! Deep South 2014

I recently discovered Groupon, and I've been wondering why it took me so long. Great deals on hotels and vacations, etc. Pick your destination and dates and see what kind of deals they have.

www.groupon.com

I just booked our New Orleans hotel through this site.

Maybe check it out?

Also, Trip Advisor has some great listings of hotels, with prices and customer reviews, and it's definitely worth perusing those if you have the time.

I planned my trip to Scotland with a lot of help from Trip Advisor!

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9. Re: Help needed! Deep South 2014

So how about starting in New Orleans, taking a $55 per seat train to Birmingham- 7.5 hrs, staying there for 1 night, renting a car and driving up to Chattanooga- Google it, tons to do, then on to the Smokey Mountains, then to Ashville north Carolina and up to DC and maybe Philadelphia or from Chattanooga,go to Charleston South Carolina, the upscale version of Savannah and do the South Carolina low country- I envy the 3 weeks and you can see tons in that amount of time. Have fun!

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10. Re: Help needed! Deep South 2014

Great! Thank u all for your help, sounds amazing! Can't wait to get started now :)