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So I'm getting married at the start of November, and as the missus to be and I are big music fans we're flying to New Orleans for the start of the honeymoon. Roughly two weeks later we fly from Nashville to New York for a few days before coming back home.

Planning on spending 4 nights in New Orleans and then making the trip from New Orleans to Nashville in a rental car (mustang convertibe - yee haw!) via Memphis. Got about 10 days to do it.

Anywhere else we should go to that's not too far out of the way? Have read some good things about Chatanooga and the smokey mountains on TripAdvisor. Anyone been? What's forum opinion on New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville?

 

Much obliged!

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The smokey mountains are further away past Nashville, but you can get nice cabins with hot tubs on the side of as mountain for very little money.

 

Cajun country is quite nice and if you're into Southern USA history (civl war)etc, then Vicksburg and Natchez are good. Biloxi isn't too far away either which has Casino hotels on the beach, but not sure how it is after Katrina.

 

Clarksdale is meant to have a good music scene as well although we only drove through it.

 

Tunica just outside Memphis also has some big Casino hotels which are pretty cheap.

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New Orleans is boss. Really, really boss.

Nashville is a bit meh. Really meh if you aren't a country music fan.

 

I've nothing else to add.....

 

Agree we drove from the smokey mountains to Nashville intending to stay the night. After a few hours we'd had enough and went straight on to Memphis.

 

Memphis was better than I expected. The Civil Rights Museum was very interesting. Graceland was actually good (i was expecting it to be crap) and we went to a (minor league)baseball match in the evening.

 

just saw you're going in November. I believe it could be pretty cold in the smokey mountains if you go. We went in May and had snow.

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awesome is right - just booked the flights yesterday so it all seems a bit closer....

Chatanooga on the edge of the Smokey mountains has an average temp of 15 degrees in November so it shouldn't be too bad. New Orleans a toasty 20 degrees.

New Orleans and New York are the only places we've got a definite 4 days each in - the rest is flexible and poor old Nashville might get sacked off if it keeps taking a pasting here!

 

Was thinking about making the drive to Austin Texas as well but it might not be really feasible as it would take a days full driving to get there.

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Also there's a time zone difference between Tennessee and Mississippi. We were having a leasuirly drive to Tunica to check into a hotel and watch the Chelsea Liverpool CL semi final in 2005. It took us a while to realise the time change so had about 5 mins to check in and get to the room.

 

"what sort of room do you want, sir"

 

"Any as long as it's got Fox sports and is close by"

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awesome is right - just booked the flights yesterday so it all seems a bit closer....

Chatanooga on the edge of the Smokey mountains has an average temp of 15 degrees in November so it shouldn't be too bad. New Orleans a toasty 20 degrees.

New Orleans and New York are the only places we've got a definite 4 days each in - the rest is flexible and poor old Nashville might get sacked off if it keeps taking a pasting here!

 

Was thinking about making the drive to Austin Texas as well but it might not be really feasible as it would take a days full driving to get there.

 

 

I can recommend the VIP tour at the space Centre in Houston if you're going that way and if they still do it. Wasn't very expensive, but really, really interesting.

 

We were in Gatlinburg in the Smokey Mountains so might be slightly different there.

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I can recommend the VIP tour at the space Centre in Houston if you're going that way and if they still do it. Wasn't very expensive, but really, really interesting.

 

We were in Gatlinburg in the Smokey Mountains so might be slightly different there.

 

When was this? Mid July? :unsure:;)

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A s*** honeymoon and slightly tight choice of cheap shoes for my wedding day still rankle.

 

I at least have the opportunity to get it right second time.

 

My honeymoon was good though it lasted almost as long as the marriage.

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