Detroit to Memphis 10 Day Roadtrip
Replies: 4 - Last Post: May 14, 2012 8:51 AM Last Post By: mrpenney
May 14, 2012 5:07 AM
As we are not American we are clueless on what are must sees and dos on this trip. Any suggestions of things to do and places to stay would be appreciated.
We also can't decide which way to go back from Memphis to Detroit. We would like to do a circle so we are not back tracking.
The kids are easy going so we are still able to do museums etc as long as they have some time each day to run around as well. We did the Henry Ford Museum yesterday and the 3 year old said it was the best day ever so at least we know she can wander around museums.
May 14, 2012 5:13 AM
Or did you just want to stick to museums?
May 14, 2012 6:12 AM
Don't write off Cincinnati--there's plenty to do there. Walk through the Mt. Adams neighborhood, see the museums in Edens Park, catch a Reds game, etc.
But maybe you'd rather stop in Dayton. It depends on the three-year-old involved, but she might go wide-eyed at one of the world's largest museums of airplanes, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force just outside Dayton. The Wright Brothers are from Dayton, and there are a couple Wright Bros. sites there as well.
Mammoth Cave National Park, near Bowling Green, xKentucky, is also a good bet with a kid. It's the world's largest cave.
xNashville, of course, with the Country Music Hall of Fame heading a decent list of things to do.
I can come up with other stuff--I know the region moderately well--but as #1 says, you'll need to tell us your interests.
May 14, 2012 7:14 AM
3Welcome to Thorn Tree.
Detroit to Cincinnati in normal times is a minimum of 4 and 1/2 hours. Be advised that I-75 is undergoing a number of major construction projects all along your route just now. You could see delays of an hour or so in Dayton alone - dependent on what is happening and how many wrecks it causes when you are passing through. I-75 is still the obvious route despite the construction. My point is that you may arrive in Cincinnati well after 10:00PM.
The Wright Bicycle Shop in Carillon Park in Dayton is a replica. The "real" (there were several) Wright Bicycle Shop where aviation was invented is in the Ford Museum in Deerfield Village at Dearborn, MI. (Dayton’s “city fathers” were just as clueless 75 years ago as they are now.) You may want to consider adding that museum to your plans whether or not you have any interest in aviation.
I would add that the 1905 Wright Flyer in Carillon Park, though it too is mostly a replica (all of the "originals" were destroyed in various accidents,) is the closest you can come to the "original Wright Flyer - the Smithsonian Included. The Construction of the Carillon Park replica was supervised by Orville Wright himself. He is on record as saying that it is as close as anyone will ever come to the "original." The Wrights tinkered with their designs constantly. Their designs literally changed day to day. The "real' "Kitty Hawk" flyer was destroyed by the wind while the Wrights were eating lunch shortly after their first four historic flights on 17 Dec. 1903. There is no "true original" Wright Flyer.
It would also be helpful if you gave us a better idea of your route. Tennessee is only 140 or so miles wide but it is well over 500 miles long. Memphis is at the extreme western end of the state. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of our finest National parks east of the Mississippi, is at the extreme eastern end of the state. What you plan to see in Tennessee makes a big difference in the "best" route to take south from Cincinnati and what other sites will be along your way. Please give us a little more detail.
Have a great trip.
May 14, 2012 8:51 AM
Right, but this Wright Bicycle Shop is original. (It's not the one where they invented the airplane, though, but it's an interesting museum nonetheless.) If you must choose between the two, though, go to Carillon Park--basically, because there's more there.
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