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1. Posted by Jetsetter (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

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I'm gonna go for a trip by Greyhound through
Arizona - New Mexico - Texas - Louisiana - Tenesee - Mississippi- Georgia - Florida

Now i wanted to see if anyone has any good suggestions on what to see, do and stay in these states that isnt obvious.

Johan Persson - San Diego/Sweden

2. Posted by RJ Mc (Inactive 33 posts) 9y

That's a lot of territory, Johan. I can help a little, especially with the Texas part. Can you be more specific as to the route, or does that depend on what there is to do? And how long will your journey be? And when (approximately)?

3. Posted by Jetsetter (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Yeah im proboly going
Phoenix-Santa Fe-San Antonio/Austin-New Orleans-Memphis-Nashville-Atlanta-Florida.
Thats my first thought so I'd love some ideas in those areas or route changes.

4. Posted by Jimz (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

While in Nashville, I would recommend touring Ryman Auditorium, the symbolic home of Country Music, as well as Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage.
Atlanta offers so many options. If you are a fan of "Gone With The Wind", it is possible to tour the home of the author, Margaret Mitchell. It is also worthwhile to visit the Martin Luther King church and museum on the east side. The Buckhead section north of Midtown is an excellent area for good restaurants. I would also make sure to stroll around Centennial Park, the focal hub of the 1996 Olympics. It is close to CNN which can be toured. A short walk from either is what is known as the Underground section of Atlanta. It is a good place to wander and take in the sights of people moving about among shops and restaurants. There is also a Coca Cola tour nearby, though it is fairly pedestrian. The Atlanta subway system is very good, and can be used to travel to most, if not all of the destinations mentioned above. If you have a chance to get out of the city a short distance, Stone Mountain, east of the city, is an interesting stop. It contains both an amusement park and tramway to the top from which there is an excellent view of the city skyline.
Florida is such a big state with so many widely dispersed attractions, it is difficult to narrow down the unusual or offbeat. However, if you can manage to get to Key West, it is a small slice of Florida very different from the mainland. Airboat tours are available out of Everglades City, Florida. The islands of Sanibel and Captiva on the Gulf Coast have wonderful atmosphere and great beaches. The tour of the Kennedy Space Center near Cocoa Beach on the East Coast is underrated. My personal favorite Orlando Theme Park is Sea World. However, Bush Gardens in Tampa on the West Coast is also recommended as is Weeki Wachee Springs on Route 19 north of Spring Hill, Florida.
Good luck with your trip.


5. Posted by pixie1 (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Hi Johan,

Whilst in Nashville also try the Music hall of fame and museum - got some interesting stuff in there to see and read about the history of music - and a really cool car that belonged to Elvis!
When you're in Florida I'd suggest a day or two in St Augustine - the oldest city in the US - on the east coast. Really pretty place with great energy,lots of history etc. and if you do go try the Pirate Haus hostel - free all you can eat pancakes for breaksfast and generally a really good hostel.
Fort Lauderdale is also worth a visit - especially if you're into boats(??). There are quite few hostels there - i stayed in the Beach Hostel which is a minutes walk from the ocean, however it does take time to get downtown for the nightlife. There are other hostels nearer downtown.

Enjoy your trip and have fun!!

6. Posted by RiverRuner (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

When in New Orleans, do your best to take an afternoon OUTSIDE the city. Make it your business to see an alligator IN THE WILD, not in the zoo. Go to Jean Laffite National Historical Reserve on the west bank and walk the boardwalk through the bayou (its free). If you make it to the west bank, go to a resteraunt called Salvo's and order boiled shrimp/crawfish by the pound with a side of hush puppies. If you have a girl in your life to buy a gift for, scoure the antique shops in the french quarter for vintage glass mardi gras beads, about 25$ a strand.

7. Posted by MarcnRoxy (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

If you are near Clearwater Beach, Definately check out Honeymoon Island. Its in Dunedin, just north of Clearwater. It is a state park, thus there is nothing but a beautiful FL beach island with nothing else. A few bike trails and a beautiful beach. They even have a dog beach. Check out Marco Island, just south of Naples. Very pretty island with lots to do. My favorite 2 beaches are on the East Coast - Cocoa Beach and Melbourne beach. GREAT for surfers and that kinda of feel. FUN bars etc... For a historic look at FL. go to St Augestine in NE FL. Has a wonderful old FL feel. Orlando is fun if you are into the tourist theme park thing. other than that, its pretty boring. I think, most would argue with me though! Wikki Watchi is fun, odd people though. Of course you can't go wrong in Miami and Key West, just Very expensive. Good luck!!!

8. Posted by js_2005 (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

If you're in San Antonio definitely walk down the river walk. I don't know how it is this time of year but it's wonderful in the summer. Atlanta is also a great city with tons of things to do. I love it there. Take advantage of all the museums, restaurants, and shopping. If you’re in Arizona you should spend a day at the Grand Canyon and this time of year it shouldn’t be too hot compared to the summer.

9. Posted by luvr29 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Window Rock is the capital of the Navajo Nation. The previous name of Window Rock was Nee Alneegn. The ceremonial name is Ni''Alnii'gi meaning Earth's Center. The current name is Tseghahoodzani that means Perforated Rock. The Commissioner of Indian Affairs choose Window Rock in l936 to be the designated town for the Navajo Central Agency. Today Window Rock is the center of all offices of the capital of the Navajo Nation. The buildings for this Central Agency were made of sandstone obtained locally. In later years the Navajo Tribal Council House was built in the town. Window Rock is located just 27 miles northwesterly from Gallup, New Mexico. Window Rock is located in Apache County and is very close to the Arizona and New Mexico state lines.

In Window Rock there is a hole in a 200 foot high sandstone hill and it is called the Window Rock. The hole was caused over many years from a spring under the rock and was one of the four places that the Najavo medicine men used for water for their offerings and ceremonies. These ceremonies were performed in hopes of curing illness and wanting rainfall. The offerings are directed towards the water or the rain way ceremony. The Haystacks are called Tsetacheechih (Wind Going Through the Rocks) and are rounded sandstone monoliths that look like haystacks. These are located about l mile from Window Rock. In an area south of these Haystacks the Tseyaato (Spring Under the Rock) is located in a formation of rock. This was where the 4,000 Navajos stopped for water on their walk from Fort Defiance to the "Long Walk" to Fort Sumner in New Mexico in 1864.

It is really cool!
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10. Posted by kellykat (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

while in Memphis be sure to check out Tunica which is south of Memphis.It has Many casinos and is a lot of fun