"Road trip details - Deep South USA" Georgia Travelogue by nn9978
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Very busy for a first time driver abroad, you have definately got to know where you are going, but once you get the hang of it its fine. Typical big city really, didnt get to see much but i would recommend Gladys and Rons Chicken and Waffles, it was a great introduction to the food!
Another big city, but nice to drive to. we just spent the day in the biggest mall i had ever seen! i expected an indoor place with all the shops, but i was wrong! it basically took up a whole street, both sides, and even had a shuttle to take you around! but i have to say, try the burger joint there, very posh but inexpensive, and the sweet potato chips with chocolate salt were to die for!!
Beautiful little town, with lovely people. Elvis's first home is definately worth a visit, its something else to see where he came from and then see where he ended up! excellent show in the chuch onsite too. Once again we were not disappointed with the food, Jambalaya with fresh biscuits, bit like a british scone, but not as sweet
well, I tell you, if you are not an Elvis fan before you come here, you certainly will be when you leave, there is no ecaping the King!
Gracelands is definately worth a visit, and not at all as I imagined, however the 10 gifts shops marketed as 'museums' did get a bit repetative!
However, I would recommend doing one of the city tours, the guides are extremely knowledgable, and very entertaining! Ours was called Memphis Jones and whilst telling us all the history as we travelled round he would burst into relevant songs that we all got to join in with, extremely fun as well as knowledgable. And Sun Studios is another must see, once again the guides clearly have a deep love for the subject and are so enthralled to be sharing the history with others. Beale street again another must, we were passing through the little park and there happened to be a band playing that were fab! once again the people were lovely, helpful and very friendly, all with their own stories to tell, Oh and you have to try the 'Best Ribs inthe South' at Rendevous Charcoal Ribs, down the side of a hotel, the dry rub ribs were amazing!
well, we did a wonderful riverboat cruise, with a meal and 2 lots of entertainment from the lovely Bob Fortner and a fantastic fiddler who was extremely funny! an absolute must for any music fan is the Grand Ole Oprey, what an experiance! we were lucky enough to go see it at the Ryman (unfortunately due to the floods) but the show was amazing! you would never see anything like it in the UK, being encouraged to join in, being able to approach the stage for pictures, even listening to the adverts was an experience!!
Here we experienced the wonders of Dollywood! Staffed by lots of her own family, which was lovely, good shows and rides to keep the kids amused!
Also a day in the quaint town, coming up to Halloween and the town and decorations were beautiful. very germanic, and small town, which was a bit of light relief, you do have to visit the Dukes of Hazzard museum for all kids who grew up inb the early eighties, sitting in the General Lee was one of my highlights! And dont forget to try the mini golf up the side of a mountain, very unique! oh and dont forget to check out the shops, there is some very unusual stuff if you look past the tourist gifts! Oh and if you are looking for something different, we enjoyed the wonders of Ripleys believe it or not museum
well, of course we had to stay in the Chattanooga Hotel, where you can actually stay in a train carriage! clean and tidy, but have to say not too impressed with the waiters, but the foyer if the hotel (once the old station) WAS FANTASTIC.
You can miss a trip to Sticky Fingers if you are passing through, the best sticky ribs we experienced!
Oh and try out there zoo, just the right size for an afternoon visit and exptremely good value for money, we went on a wednesday and apparently there was some special offer on as it only cost us 3 dollars for all 3 of us to get in, bargain!!
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