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Southeast road trip

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In early August my girlfriend and I will be driving to Florida. Along the way we will be passing through Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. We'll be heading through Alabama on the way back since we're going to stop and visit her niece near Huntsville. I've been to all mentioned except the deep south states like Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, so it should be a fun trip.

How inundated was Nashville with water? I was thinking that would be a great halfway point, but if it was anything like the flooding we had here two years ago, we'll probably stay somewhere else instead. I want to check out Atlanta, but I don't really know what there is to see or do. I thought about making a sidetrip over to Savannah and staying there for a night...is it worth it? Or maybe Charleston, SC?

What else is there to see & do in the south? Any good recommendations for places to eat along the way?

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How inundated was Nashville with water? I was thinking that would be a great halfway point, but if it was anything like the flooding we had here two years ago, we'll probably stay somewhere else instead.

Given the list of states you noted you are traveling through, I'm guessing you will be rolling through TN on I-24, correct?

If so ... you might consider stopping in the Clarksville TN area (northwest of Nashville) or the Smyrna/Murfreesboro TN area (southeast of Nashville).

I would classify the flooding in Nashville similar to the flooding you had 2 years ago. All of my favorite Nashville TN places (Cooter's Garage, Opryland Hotel, Grand Ole Opry, WSM studios, Hard Rock Cafe, etc.) had major flood waters....

Any good recommendations for places to eat along the way?

O'Charley's ... they have the BEST rolls, imho ;).

As for places to see ... depends on how much time you have....

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Thanks Knightfan, much appreciated! I figured Nashville was probably in pretty bad shape considering the pictures I had seen.

Right now, the plan is to meander through Illinois and meet up with I-24 going through Nashville, and then we'd stay in Chattanooga the first night. On the way back, we're going to stay in Paducah, KY. I thought about making a pit stop in Bowling Green for the Corvette museum :), but it's going to be a tight schedule back and I don't know if there will be enough time.

Instead of Savannah or Charleston, the plan is now to spend half a day in St. Augustine, FL. It'll be much closer, and there should be plenty to take in there with all the Spanish influence and historic buildings.

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Thanks Knightfan, much appreciated! I figured Nashville was probably in pretty bad shape considering the pictures I had seen.

*nods*

You are welcome. Nashville is my favorite city, so this is particularly notable for me....

Keep in mind, though ... that MOST of the flooding was in the greater downtown area. Many places (including where some friends live virtually "across the street", Briley Parkway, from the Opryland Hotel) are virtually unscathed.

Right now, the plan is to meander through Illinois and meet up with I-24 going through Nashville, and then we'd stay in Chattanooga the first night. On the way back, we're going to stay in Paducah, KY. I thought about making a pit stop in Bowling Green for the Corvette museum :), but it's going to be a tight schedule back and I don't know if there will be enough time.

Well, if you can MAKE time to visit the Corvette museum ... DO.

Paducah is a good town, too. I drive through there when I'm en route to Big Sandy TN.

As far as "meandering through Illinois", I'm guessing you won't be anywhere near the Chicago area, right? lol

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