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Old 04-02-2010, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Madrid
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Instead of flying to NY to visit my parents this summer I want to take amtrak and make a little adventure out of it. In my quest to go to all 50 states, I'll be going through the deep south because that's the only major part of the country i've never been to before. I need to narrow down my list of possible cities to stop in to about 3 or 4 of the following. Which ones would be the best to stop in for just a day or two? I dont want touristy places, just places where i can walk around a bit, meet friendly people and have a good time.

Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans, LA
Jackson, MS
Biloxi, MS
Mobile, AL
Tuscaloosa AL
Montgomery AL
Charleston, SC
Savannah GA

I'll only be spending one or two nights in each city probably, I just want to take advantage of the trip and see some new things!
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Madrid
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by the way other recommendations are welcome too! I just really want to stop in LA, MS, and AL.
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:59 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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So basically you're going to be on the Sunset Limited or the Crescent, huh?
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Madrid
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I believe so, I havent really looked into specifics yet but that's what i would assume. I'm just going to book it all through the amtrak website so it'll be easy
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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I can tell you that Charleston and Savannah are both major tourist sightseeing destinations known for their historic charm. You can get more information on Hotels and Vacation Reviews - TripAdvisor .
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:42 PM
 
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I didn't know you could CHOOSE cities to stop in while riding Amtrak... I thought Amtrak always picks which cities you break down or are delayed in :-)
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Madrid
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I didn't know you could CHOOSE cities to stop in while riding Amtrak... I thought Amtrak always picks which cities you break down or are delayed in :-)
You can pick multiple destinations. Really an easy way to see the country
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:05 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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In Louisiana, I would definitely stop in Lafayette and in New Orleans. That way you can take in the center of Cajun Culture before heading into Creole territory. Me personally, I would get off in Houston as well. After that you can either choose to head north to Jackson, MS or northeast towards Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. I would recommend Biloxi, MS and Mobile, AL; but rail service has not been restored in coastal MS and AL since the hurricane.
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:18 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Instead of flying to NY to visit my parents this summer I want to take amtrak and make a little adventure out of it. In my quest to go to all 50 states, I'll be going through the deep south because that's the only major part of the country i've never been to before. I need to narrow down my list of possible cities to stop in to about 3 or 4 of the following. Which ones would be the best to stop in for just a day or two? I dont want touristy places, just places where i can walk around a bit, meet friendly people and have a good time.

Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans, LA
Jackson, MS
Biloxi, MS
Mobile, AL
Tuscaloosa AL
Montgomery AL
Charleston, SC
Savannah GA


I'll only be spending one or two nights in each city probably, I just want to take advantage of the trip and see some new things!
My top three choices are highlighted. Not really a contest IMO, but Biloxi is fun for gambling.
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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In Louisiana, I would definitely stop in Lafayette and in New Orleans. That way you can take in the center of Cajun Culture before heading into Creole territory. Me personally, I would get off in Houston as well. After that you can either choose to head north to Jackson, MS or northeast towards Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. I would recommend Biloxi, MS and Mobile, AL; but rail service has not been restored in coastal MS and AL since the hurricane.
Yeah Amtrak doesn't go it's traditional route in south Alabama anymore. It used to go right past my house and had a stop in my town, but it hasn't ran through here in years. I'm thinking they stopped it after that wreck in the bayou but I can't remember.
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