An Arkansas Sunset

The Midwest and the Deep South

An itnary by sri - 4 years ago
Duration: 1 week 3 days
Distance covered on Earth: 4122.8 km/2561.8 mi
Budget (avg. per person): $251 to $500
Level of Planning: A few Hours
Highlights: I-55, Road trip, Camping, Gulf of Mexico, NASA, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana
Fave

Day 1
Start: 07:30  Chicago
End: 23:00 Lake Bistineau State Park, LA
Mode: Car
Distance: 1165.9 km/724.4 mi
A memorable Arkansas sunset
Sights: I-55, Sunset, Gateway Arch St. Louis, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana
Activities: Drive on the I-55
Start: 23:00  Lake Bistineau State Park, LA
End: 11:00 (+1 days) Lake Bistineau State Park, LA
Mode: N/A
Distance: 0 m/0 mi
The Swamp overlookLake Bistineau State Park, Louisiana
Sights: Swamp, Cypress Trees
Activities: Photography, hike
Places to Stay: Camping at Lake Bisteneau State Park

Day 2
Start: 11:00  Lake Bistineau State Park, LA
End: 20:30 Grand Isle State Park, LA
Mode: Car
Distance: 481.8 km/299.4 mi
Cruising down the I-55The End of I-55, splitting at the I-10 near NOLA
Sights: I-55, Minden, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Start: 20:30  Grand Isle State Park, LA
End: 07:00 (+2 days) Grand Isle State Park, LA
Mode: Foot
Distance: 0 m/0 mi
A view from the beachOur tent, after a thunderstormThe campsites, on the beachWhattya got there, bro?The pier at the Grand Isle State Park
Sights: Observation Tower, Pier
Activities: hike, Play Beach Volleyball
Places to Stay: Beach Campsites

Day 4
Start: 07:00  Grand Isle State Park, LA
End: 10:30 French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mode: Car
Distance: 78.5 km/48.8 mi
A Foggy morning in southern LALA-1 Gateway to the Gulf Expressway
Sights: A foggy morning
Activities: Drive on LA-1
Start: 10:30  French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
End: 12:00 French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
Mode: Foot
Distance: 0 m/0 mi
The French QuarterThe St. Louis CathedralOld, yet beautifulLoved the Large Door and the bricks
Sights: French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, French Architecture
Start: 12:00  French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
End: 18:00 Houston, TX
Mode: Car
Distance: 512 km/318.2 mi
Sights: I-10
Start: 18:00  Houston, TX
End: 16:00 (+2 days) Houston, TX
Mode: Foot, Car
Distance: 0 m/0 mi
To NASA, and beyondThe Space Vehicle Mockup Facility @ Johnson Space CenterA mockup of the International Space StationA mockup of the Orion CapsuleA real Saturn V rocket
Sights: NASA, Johnson Space Center
Places to Eat: Madras Pavilion

Day 6
Start: 16:00  Houston, TX
End: 03:00 (+1 days) Memphis, TN
Mode: Car
Distance: 779.7 km/484.5 mi

Day 7
Start: 03:00  Memphis, TN
End: 16:00 Memphis, TN
Mode: N/A
Distance: 0 m/0 mi
Start: 16:00  Memphis, TN
End: 20:00 Nashville, TN
Mode: Car
Distance: 315.9 km/196.3 mi
Start: 20:00  Nashville, TN
End: 12:00 (+1 days) Nashville, TN
Mode: Foot
Distance: 0 m/0 mi
New Year's Eve BAsh on Broadway in NashvilleDowntown Nashville, in 2015
Sights: Nashville downtown, Broadway, NYE Bash on Broadway
Activities: NYE concert, Lady Antebellum, Gavin DeGraw
Food/Drink: Funnel Cake, Cheesy Fries

Day 8
Start: 12:00  Nashville, TN
End: 19:00 Cincinnati, OH
Mode: Car
Distance: 383.2 km/238.1 mi
Our first tryst with I-65!To Cincinnati!
Sights: I-65, I-71, Louisville
Start: 19:00  Cincinnati, OH
End: 11:00 (+3 days) Cincinnati, OH
Mode: Foot, Car
Distance: 0 m/0 mi
Sights: University of Cincinnati
Food/Drink: Local Icecream, Coffee, Indian street food
Places to Eat: Brij Mohan, Elephant Walk Injera & Curry House, Aglamesis Brothers

Day 11
Start: 11:00  Cincinnati, OH
End: 18:00 Chicago, IL
Mode: Car
Distance: 405.8 km/252.2 mi
Beautiful Sights along the Interstate, a typical Midwestern settingThere was a storm comingAnd then it started...
Sights: Indianapolis, Monument Circle
Activities: Drive the I-65, Drive through a snowstorm
Food/Drink: Biriyani
Places to Eat: Mumbai Grill Greenwood Indiana