Traveling from NYC to Chicago via Memphis - Suggestions? Warnings?
February 20, 2011 5:17 PM Subscribe
Traveling from New York to Chicago for a wedding and taking a major detour...
posted by lieberschnitzel to travel & transportation (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My wife and I are taking about a week to travel from NYC to Chicago for a wedding. We've never really been to the Midwest, so we decided to drive and maybe stop in Pittsburgh or somewhere in Ohio. This quickly metastasized into a somewhat ridiculous trip. We've planned the following:
Day 1 - Drive to Louisville, Ky. (12+ hours, the worst leg)
Day 2 - Drive to Memphis (6 hours)
Day 3 - Drive to St. Louis (5 hours)
Day 4 - Drive to Chicago (5 hours)
Days 5-6 - Stay in Chicago.
Day 7 - Drive to Pittsburgh (8 hours)
Day 8 - Drive back to NYC (7 hours)
We've already booked hotels in each of these cities (groupon and priceline are pretty amazing) on these days - so that's not really changeable. But what we'd love are suggestions on places to eat along the way (we're both "roadfood" type people). What one or two things must we do in each city - what to avoid (people have said, "just sleep in Memphis, spend all your time in Nashville" - is that right?). Is Cleveland worth a detour en route to Pittsburgh? Any general suggestions (we've taken road trips before, but this is a bit of a different animal)? Are there any detours - since we're in the neighborhood - that are worth making?
Thank you in advance! I'm a long time lurker, first time poster, so please be gentle!