Itinerary #10: Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama


Wow, I can’t believe we are already up to trip #10. This trip entailed exploring the deep South with all its charms and eccentricities. I did not expect how lush and beautiful Tennessee would be (and I can see why it has inspired so many country songs). Simply gorgeous! In fact, all of these states were uniquely beautiful and offered important lessons to be learned. Civil rights played a very important theme, from Martin Luther King’s assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, to Little Rock High School and the nine brave kids who needed the help of the National Guard to break the color barrier. Mississippi and Alabama were also on the front lines of the civil rights movement sparked when Rosa Parks boarded that fateful bus in Montgomery. These and many other sites on this trip provided a wealth of teachable moments. Another theme played out on our journey as well—the evolution of American music. Country, Rock and Roll, and Gospel all have roots in these states, and it was easy to trace their history as we ambled along the road. The music, the food, the people, and the accents were all remarkable and so different than what my family is used to. There was a richness to everything we saw that spoke to the heart. If you take this trip, it is not one your family will soon forget.

On this trip, we were accompanied by some new friends, Yvonne and her two kids, Jacob and Abigail. I met Yvonne, another single mom, when I hired her as a party planner for my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. She did a great job, and we soon became fast friends. Upon hearing of our adventures she mused that she would love to do a trip like those I’d done, at which point I suggested she and her kids come along. I know the three of them truly enjoyed the experience and they were wonderful travel partners. Always on time and eager to explore, the trip was infinitely more enjoyable and entertaining due to their company. So, let’s go! And as they say in New Orleans ... “Laissez les bons temps rouler” ... Let the good times roll.

States Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama

Theme Civil Rights and American MusicDuration 11 Days | Map


Day 1

Tennessee• Fly to Nashville
• Overnight in Nashville

Day 2

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and AlabamaTennessee State Capitol Building
The Hermitage
Country Music Hall of Fame
Grand Ol' Opry and Opryland Hotel
The Parthenon
Wild Horse Saloon
• Overnight in Nashville

Day 3

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama• Drive to Memphis
The Cotton Museum
Stax Museum of Soul Music
Golf and Games
• Overnight in Memphis

Day 4

The Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock)National Civil Rights Museum
Gibson Guitar Factory
Beale Street
• Drive to Little Rock Arkansas
Arkansas State Capitol building
Clinton Presidential Library

Day 5

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and AlabamaLittle Rock High School and Visitor Center
Crater of Diamonds State Park
• Drive to Shreveport, Louisiana

Day 6

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and AlabamaTour Natchitoches
Louisiana State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge
Cajun Pride Swamp Tour, La Place
Explore the French Quarter, New Orleans
Dinner at Bubba Gumps
• Overnight in New Orleans

Day 7

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and AlabamaBeignet at Café Du Monde
The Cabildo
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
• Overnight in New Orleans

Day 8

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and AlabamaBiloxi Shrimping boat tour
Gulf Islands Water Park
• Drive to Jackson Mississippi
• Overnight in Jackson

Day 9

Rosa Parks Library and Museum (Montgomery)Mississippi State Capitol Building
Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma Alabama
Alabama State Capitol Building, Montgomery
Rosa Parks Bus Stop
Rosa Parks Library and Museum
Bass Pro Shops, Prattville
• Overnight in Birmingham

Day 10

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and AlabamaBirmingham Civil Rights Institute
Jack Daniels Distillery, Lynchberg Tennessee
• Overnight in Nashville

Day 11

• Fly home


  1. Hi, there. Love your site! I was just wondering how many miles this itinerary (#10) was for you.


    • Alisa Abecassis Alisa Abecassis says:

      Hi Judy, so glad to hear you love the site!!! Itinerary #10 was about 1600 miles. Hope that helps.

      Warm regards and safe travels,

  2. The next time that you are Northwest Alabama, check out the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the recording studio’s that produced the “Shoals Sound”. Our road trips are about 16 days and 5000 miles , 4 times per year.

  3. We’re heading to Nashville area for the August eclipse and then probably down to Crater of Diamonds.
    I was thinking of just an out and back, but maybe I’ll incorporate the southern loop of this itinerary.
    Thanks for the ideas