Help plan my trip from the Land of Lincoln to the Sunshine State
August 8, 2017 8:58 AM   Subscribe

We're taking a round trip the first week of November from our home in Springfield, Illinois, to Miami. Major cities hit include Nashville, Chattanooga, Atlanta and Valdosta. I'm looking for can't-miss suggestions for places to visit and things to see on the way.

Bonus points for:
- Impressive monuments and statues
- Legendary BBQ
- Other points of interest that wouldn't necessarily take a whole day to enjoy
posted by DrAstroZoom to Travel & Transportation (7 answers total)
 
Depending on how you feel about folk art and roadside attractions, and on how out of the way they will be for you, I really enjoyed Billy Tripp's Mindfield, Greenback Castle, and, of course, Rock City, all in Tennessee.
posted by EmilyFlew at 9:43 AM on August 8


Google Maps seems to suggest that you'll spend about six days doing a Springfield to Miami round-trip. The suggestions you get may depend on how much extra travel time you'll actually have.
posted by John Borrowman at 9:59 AM on August 8


The Parthenon in Nashville and Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga.
posted by soelo at 11:07 AM on August 8


There's a Willie Nelson Museum on the outskirts of Nashville. And everybody loves Willie! Bonus points: it's next to Cooter's Garage from Dukes of Hazard!

Even if you don't actually go in the museums, the gift shops alone are a pretty fun half hour.
posted by Capt. Renault at 11:14 AM on August 8


Graceland.
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:18 AM on August 8


Google Maps seems to suggest that you'll spend about six days doing a Springfield to Miami round-trip. The suggestions you get may depend on how much extra travel time you'll actually have.


A good point, and one I left out. Tentative schedule:

Day 1: Springfield to Nashville
Day 2: Nashville to Valdosta
Day 3: Valdosta to Miami
Day 4: In Miami (watching the Dolphins play the Raiders)
Days 5, 6 and 7: trip back.

The goal is to drive between five and six hours each morning.

Also: We've visited the Parthenon and may go there again, as it was breathtaking.
posted by DrAstroZoom at 11:41 AM on August 8


The Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry, has tours.
posted by Capt. Renault at 12:00 PM on August 8


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