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Old 12-21-2009, 10:26 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I wouldn't just drive around Bessemer unless I knew where I was going.

yeah, I was just talking with a lady from Birmingham the other day about this, I told her I got lost in Bessemer and her eyes got really BIG!
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:13 PM
 
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yeah, I was just talking with a lady from Birmingham the other day about this, I told her I got lost in Bessemer and her eyes got really BIG!

Haha my eyes did the same thing when I read it!
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:13 PM
 
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What would be some good places in the Deep South (Georgia or Mississippi) to get a real "southern" feel, like Civil War battlefields, old plantations, monuments, southern hospitality (if it's real) and whatnot?

Maybe some southern and transplant users can help me out.

I am also kind of un-used to traveling across the country, and I have never been outside the west (but I have if you count Texas as south).

DK
What route are you planning to take, DK? And how long do you have to spend on your trip?
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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What route are you planning to take, DK? And how long do you have to spend on your trip?
Don't quite know yet, but it will take 5-7 days for the trip altogether.
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:44 PM
 
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Don't expect Memphis to be anything like eastern TN, I've been there plenty of times and it's certainly not my cup of tea.

If you really want to experience the deep south in Mississippi, go to some of the smaller towns along the gulf coast like Lucedale or Wiggins. If you come to Alabama you could cruise around the towns of Bayou La Batre and Coden (south of Mobile), you'll feel like you're in Forrest Gump. Stop by Mary's Place and get some seafood, you won't find any fresher.

And don't rule out the Florida panhandle either, it's very much still part of the deep south, unlike South Florida.
yes we don't call it the panhandle but the redneck Riviera or lower Alabama. Take your pick! Oh and you should have said unlike most of Florida instead.
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Old 12-21-2009, 05:01 PM
 
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Don't quite know yet, but it will take 5-7 days for the trip altogether.

Well, I was going to say, if you have a chance to go thru a certain part of East Texas (which you said you have visited before, though), then you might put it on your itinerary.

I realize you are wanting to see the deep Deep South and "Old South Civil War" history, and Texas was not really all that important in the overall scheme of things in that regard (until the very end when eastern Texas and western Louisiana were pretty much the last stronghold of the Confederacy and where Dixie made its Last Stand).

Still though, there are parts that might be worth your time in that regard. The Marshall/Jefferson Texas area is as ante-bellum as it gets in that realm. And, near Tyler, are the remains of the last Confederate POW camp in the Trans-Mississippi Dept. Around Jefferson are the remmnants of a Confederate powder plant.

Anyway, just a thought. Hope you enjoy your trip and tour!
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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Thank y'all very much with the travel locations, from what I can tell...

Natchez, MS
Vicksburg, MS
Oxford, MS (possible)
Columbus, MS (maybe)
St. Francisville, LA (it's not far from Natchez)

I might being going on this trip alone, anything I should worry about (crime?), any rent-a-car places? Best airports to use?
Well, since you're planning to do a very similar trip and I'm going in a few days (the day after Christmas), let me say a few things:

I have never been to any of the aforementioned places. Mississippi and Louisiana both have reasonable crime rates, but I imagine this sharply decreases outside of the big city metro's. I wouldn't worry too much about any serious crime surrounding these towns, any more than any place you're used to in the Southwest. Many people from around the nation travel to these areas (especially Vicksburg, MS and the plantation areas of LA) and experience nothing negative. That said, of course take precautions such as locking your car and not flashing huge wads of cash, as you would in any town/city/state in America.

How old are you? Some rental places require you to be 25, although some are 21, and I believe a few will even allow rentals as low as 18, but you have to pay extra. If you can't rent, driving from home could be a great road trip (I'm driving from northern NJ!), but of course driving through New Mexico and Texas is much mileage.
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:01 PM
 
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Get on the Natchez Trace and drive from Franklin, Tennessee all the way down through Mississippi. Stop in several towns along the way.
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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yes we don't call it the panhandle but the redneck Riviera or lower Alabama. Take your pick! Oh and you should have said unlike most of Florida instead.
Well I don't know who "we" is, i'm guessing you mean south Floridians? Anything below Ocala is S. Florida to me, or rather "down yonder".

But yes, even people here describe the panhandle as the redneck riviera, and we say it with pride!
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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Well, I was going to say, if you have a chance to go thru a certain part of East Texas (which you said you have visited before, though), then you might put it on your itinerary.

I realize you are wanting to see the deep Deep South and "Old South Civil War" history, and Texas was not really all that important in the overall scheme of things in that regard (until the very end when eastern Texas and western Louisiana were pretty much the last stronghold of the Confederacy and where Dixie made its Last Stand).

Still though, there are parts that might be worth your time in that regard. The Marshall/Jefferson Texas area is as ante-bellum as it gets in that realm. And, near Tyler, are the remains of the last Confederate POW camp in the Trans-Mississippi Dept. Around Jefferson are the remmnants of a Confederate powder plant.

Anyway, just a thought. Hope you enjoy your trip and tour!
Reb, I was in the Collin/Dallas/Tarrant/Grayson/Denton area (and whatever part of Oklahoma is across from it). My uncle (who lives near McKinney) is actually not far from where the Southfork Ranch was in "Dallas".

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Well, since you're planning to do a very similar trip and I'm going in a few days (the day after Christmas), let me say a few things:

I have never been to any of the aforementioned places. Mississippi and Louisiana both have reasonable crime rates, but I imagine this sharply decreases outside of the big city metro's. I wouldn't worry too much about any serious crime surrounding these towns, any more than any place you're used to in the Southwest. Many people from around the nation travel to these areas (especially Vicksburg, MS and the plantation areas of LA) and experience nothing negative. That said, of course take precautions such as locking your car and not flashing huge wads of cash, as you would in any town/city/state in America.

How old are you? Some rental places require you to be 25, although some are 21, and I believe a few will even allow rentals as low as 18, but you have to pay extra. If you can't rent, driving from home could be a great road trip (I'm driving from northern NJ!), but of course driving through New Mexico and Texas is much mileage.
I'm 18, I've heard that driving through Texas can be total hell though.
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