Can someone help me plan a short trip to Atlanta, Alabama and New Orleans
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Dec 3, 2012 3:18 PM Last Post By: sarah_bama
Nov 29, 2012 2:57 PM
Can anyone help me plan a few days in each state/city? or a week in each place (and I am not sure where is best in Alabama to visit)? Tell me what I should see/do? I'm an outdoor kinda guy but I'm up for anything. Thanks!
Edited by: TravelChange2012
Nov 29, 2012 3:04 PM
Nov 29, 2012 3:09 PM
2I typically do the outdoors stuff but 1) I'd like to break outside my comfort zone and 2) I ruined my knees on a hike 3 months ago in SF.... so I prefer my trips not be ALL running/hiking/climbing till MRI shows something positive.
RE: alabama: I'm not sure why I choose it.... looks like a great place in movies maybe.
Nov 29, 2012 3:41 PM
Nov 29, 2012 4:02 PM
You might want to consult a US guidebook first and make sure the areas you have selected are actually interesting.
Nov 29, 2012 5:48 PM
5While in Atlanta for 3 days a few years back, I did a day trip to Birmingham, Alabama. In part for the checklisting and to see the Civil Rights Museum. Very glad I went. The museum is much better than the one at MLK birthplace and the historical sights nearby were also good.
I went via Amtrak since I didn't have. It's doable as long as the trains run close to on-time. I recall that the bus took longer. Via car is obviously the best way to go.
Montgomery looked less interesting and harder to get to.
Nov 29, 2012 6:43 PM
6I wrote a pretty long FAQ entry about this part of the country a few months ago. Read it for my advice. Some notes for you:
1. I kind of pooh-pooh Atlanta there. But as I say at the end, there are indeed things to do in that city if you find yourself there. Off the top of my head, there's the Martin Luther King sites, some Civil War stuff, the Carter library, the Coke thing, CNN headquarters, and a few things that aren't that remarkable.
2. The things in Alabama sort of get mentioned in passing there. In addition to the one in Birmingham, there's also a civil rights museum in Selma. Note also the NASA museum in Huntington.
3. Mississippi is better, if you want to spend time in the space between Georgia and Louisiana. So, for that matter, is Tennessee. Use that FAQ to mix and match--like it says, that's what it's for.
I literally can't think of a single movie set in Alabama. Maybe, um, Fried Green Tomatoes? [checks] Yup. That's one.
Edited by: mrpenney (for clarity)
Nov 29, 2012 7:01 PM
Nov 29, 2012 8:05 PM
8Can't beat New Orleans ( well, the 49'ers can but that's another story) for three or four days of eating
the best food, listening to the best music-- all in the French Quarter surrounded by historic buildings. You can
extend the fun by driving over swamps past Baton Rouge to St. Francisville and see the haunted plantation
home called "The Myrtles." The Smithsonian Institute calls this the most haunted house in America. You
can stay overnight in one of the rooms and find out why From St. Francisville, it's northward to Natchez,
Mississippi, which housed more millionaires just before the Civil War than any other city outside New York.
Tour some of the mansions and eat some great Mississippi grub at Natchez-Under-The-Hill. If you have
any more time, drive up the Natchez Trace to Vicksburg, site of the historic civil war battle which led to the ultimate victory for the Union.
Nov 29, 2012 8:10 PM
9Does your budget allow for flights? You might consider visiting TN/NC then fly to New Orleans.
Nov 30, 2012 12:33 AM
10Atlanta beats New Orleans. Talking about the football team, not the city. You gotta see "Nawlins."
Nov 30, 2012 3:59 AM
111) I will have a car in each area
2) I will fly from state to state, not drive
Should I skip Alabama then? Should I go to Mississippi and Tennessee? Maybe we should discuss the locations first and then decide on the days per city and finally come up with a list of things to do one place at a time?
Nov 30, 2012 4:08 AM
It would be appreciated if you'd answer my first question in #3.
You don't need to give us a list of spoecific attractions, but a general idea will allow us to determine whether you should bother going someplace and for how long.
Nov 30, 2012 4:39 AM
13You might want to head from New xOrleans north along the river to Memphis (big on food and music clubs), stopping in Baton Rouge (good state museum and food, and home toa large university), Natchez (antebellum homes), Vicksburg (civil war site), and Clarksdale (more music).
There are also some parks along that route for some mild walking and maybe some kayaking. Consider St Catherine Creek (and other such spots along the way) and the Natchez Trace (only until around Port Gibson).
Nov 30, 2012 4:42 AM
14So, really, you are up for going anywhere in the USA except for the cities you have already visited? My first advice would be to grab a USA guidebook and read up on the different areas. You'll see that there are much more interesting places than Georgia and Alabama. You have the quaint, colonial towns of the northeast; the dense, cosmopolitan cities of the eastern seaboard; the historical and southern vibe of Charleston and Savannah; the beautiful deciduous mountain forests of the Appalachians/Great Smokeys in Tennessee and North Carolina; the incredibly powerful and unique red rock desert landscapes of the southwest; the towering Rockies; the wet and green temperate rainforests of the northwest. And that's missing a lot and painting the country in very broad strokes. I would think carefully what you want to get out of this trip; how much to split between cities and natural areas, for example. Also, what time of year are you coming? If hiking, exercise, and "scenic stuff" are what you really love, than consider the southwest or the northwest. It's very possible to visit some wonderful national parks without having to break your back on hardcore hikes. That being said, every state has some beautiful areas and special places. The question is density; in some place like Alabama, you might drive a long way to get to one place and then a long way to get back. In some other states, the landscape can change a lot quicker meaning you can take some great drives through varied areas. Generally, there are more protected natural areas in the west than the east. Good luck!
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