Aussie visiting the South in April - what to see


March 14, 2013, 04:51 AM
Hi Guys,

Aussie long time lurker but rarely post - more just to see what doing in the US now and then - but i have a favour.

I am heading back to the US for a holiday in April and doing a bit of a road trip from Dallas TX down to Corpus Christie then across to western Georgia - then back to Dallas.

Last year i did a road trip LA - Chicago - New Orleans - LA and before that I have done the North east and the west coast (yep - I love the old US of A)

Any advice on interesting stuff to see and do - yes its a gun forum and I am a gun nut (as nutty as you can get for an Aussie) so anything along those lines would be very welcome (museums and ranges etc)
Any out doors things that I just have to do would also be good - kayak, hiking, riding, even hunting but probably dont have time for that.

the only thing i have locked in is Jazz fest in NO at this stage.

on my last trip i only had a few days in the south but loved the place (Beale st - Memphis - ozarks and NO - all awesome. not to say the north was bad - house on the rock and Chicago were great and so was the Harley rental for a few days in san diego..

last time i went I asked for advise on a car forum (I am a car and bike nut also) and got some great tips - some of the hidden food joints were out of this world - literally).

cant wait to get back and thanks for any advice


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March 14, 2013, 05:19 AM
Lone Star Gun Range in Lockhart, Texas. It is just south of Austin. They have a .50 Barrett you can rent.

March 14, 2013, 05:49 AM
Collectors Firearms when you roll through Houston..

March 14, 2013, 06:26 AM
If your trek from NO to west Georgia involves Interstate 20 get off the Anniston, AL exit and check out the Berman Museum of World History.

Lot of blades, armor and firerarms. Lots of ancient and unusual stuff.

March 14, 2013, 07:10 AM
You need to come a little more to the west as in West Texas. Say El Paso Texas. We even have a mountian range with 100+ miles of hiking and mountian biking trails all within the city limits.

March 14, 2013, 07:30 AM
thanks guys - great stuff

Lockhart, Texas range is now on the list (its cheaper to fly to the US than buy a 50cal and feed it over here)

I wouldnt mind hitting big bend nat park, QOT are your talking about franklin mountains - that looks pretty nice area

i was also thinking of renting a harley and heading up to McGee Creek State Park for a day or 2 - that looks like it has a good ride or 2

March 14, 2013, 07:36 AM
Get some good Barbeque. In Memphis I could tell you where, but some Texans could maybe have some suggestions.

You could perhaps arrange for a one day wild boar hunt some place in Tx.

The Alamo is a national monument, but might not mean as much to an Aussie.

Hot air balloon ride isn't just an American phenom, but always fun.

If you care about the Kennedy assassination, go to the site that it happened.

Find a range where you could shoot some full auto or .50 cal or a bunch of pistols.

All just ideas.

March 14, 2013, 07:38 AM
TX Ranger Museum in Waco TX.

March 14, 2013, 07:40 AM
last time i went I asked for advise on a car forum (I am a car and bike nut also) and got some great tips - some of the hidden food joints were out of this world - literally).

Check out Barber Motor Sports Park just east of Birmingham, AL ,Near Leeds, AL. There is a good motorcycle museum there.

Savannah, GA is an interesting place to visit. Similar, but different, from New Orleans. Lots of good eating in Savannah. Lots of historical things in the area. Beautiful city.

The USS Alabama, a battleship, is moored in Mobile, AL and open for touring.

If you are interested in the American Civil War, the Shiloh Battlefield park is interesting. It is just north of Corinth, MS, near Pittsburg Landing, TN. It is a two or three hour drive east of Memphis. There are Civil War sites all over the south. Several in the Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN, areas

Enjoy your trip

March 14, 2013, 07:45 AM
TX Ranger Museum in Waco TX. First place I thought of. A must see!

March 14, 2013, 08:17 AM
If you're going to Corpus Christi, you should see the USS Lexington, a decommissioned aircraft carrier.

I'm not sure if you're into it, and what your schedule looks like, but if you can find a professional rodeo event to go to, they're worth seeing at least once.

March 14, 2013, 08:34 AM
Depends on your route through the Southeast. From Corpus I would assume you are coming on I-10 into southern Mississippi and Alabama but you may be headed north through the central regions as well. On the southern route you will have Biloxi MS if you like gambling. In Mobile AL you can tour the USS Alabama and eat at Dreamland. The beaches across MS, AL and into NW FL are the prettiest in the world. Of course you will be going through New Orleans where you can spend a month and not see all the sights. Tallahassee FL is off of I-10 if you want to see that city. Okeefenokee swamp in south Georgia and if you really want to see the scenery you can canoe the Suwanee river.

March 14, 2013, 08:45 AM
Yes the Franklin Mountians State Park is within the city limits of El Paso Texas. Its some 26,000 acres give or take a square mile or two. There is also Hueco Tanks State Park which is one of the best rock climbing sites in the world. There is also a limit on how many vistors are allowed. I would suggest contacting the park for reservations if you plan to visit it.

April is also a perfect month to visit. Good temps and clear skys.

March 14, 2013, 08:49 AM
Book a hog hunt in Texas. There are no shortage of oinkers down here, farmers are begging you to shoot em. Plenty of guide service available. If you really want to get serious, book a helicopter hog hunt. Looks amazing.

March 14, 2013, 08:52 AM
Be very careful in New Orleans. There are places you do not want to find. Stay in the tourist areas and eat great food. As said, casinos on the MS gulf coast, not much of anything in western GA aside from Fort Benning and Americus, GA, home of former President Carter.

Should you wish, Eufala, AL, just west of the GA state line on the shores of Lake Eufala, is a quaint beautiful Southern city.

Have a good trip.


March 14, 2013, 09:20 AM
Atlanta has the world's biggest aquarium if you make it that far east; a nice zoo too. It also has the World of Coke for whatever that is worth. I guess if you can't get enough Coke in your life, you can go try all the different slight regional recipe variations they make around the world. Chattanooga, TN has a really nice aquarium too. Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga is a really big location for hanggliding and has a big hanggliding school there (I think the biggest in the country in terms of students trained). There is a nice little canoe paddle you can arrange around there for a day trip for the Tennessee River Gorge. Nashville, TN is really fun, especially if you like country music. The Country Music Hall of Fame is there, as is the Grand Ole Opry. Jack Daniels Distillery would be on your way roughly between Chattanooga and Nashville, and is really cool. The Ocoee River and Whitewater Center in North Georgia/Tennessee is great kayaking and where they enhanced the river for the competition in the 1996 Olympics. If you make it up that way, you are in the area of some of the best hiking in the south and the US's most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains where you'd have really good odds of seeing black bears in the wild. Amicolola Falls State Park in GA holds the southern terminus to the Appalachian Trail. The Pinhoti, Bartram, and Benton McKaye Trails are all interconnected around that area too, all kind of making a network of trails running from Alabama all the way to Maine (AT). You'd also be in the neighborhood of the Blue Ridge Parkway which would be an awesome motorcycle ride (follows part of the AT), and there is also the Tail of the Dragon which is a popular motocycle ride (300 switchbacks in 8 miles with the occasional wrecked bike left in the trees), but I'm probably talking you a bit further NE than you are meaning to go. The whole Tennessee/NC border is great country though.

Thru the Gulf Coast, Biloxi, Mississippi is a famous riverboat gambling place. Destin, Florida is famous for its white sand beaches. If you're in the area there is the Dothan, Alabama national peanut festival in early April. If you're into music history (especially the origins of rock music), the Mississippi delta is where a lot of the musicians came from that inspired the early blues-rock explosion in Britain that eventually became rock like we know today. Guys like Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Robert Johnson who wrote "Crossroads" that Clapton liked so much.

I've hiked Big Bend a little in the past. It's kind of three parks in one with the Chisos Mountains up in the clouds, the surrounding desert area, and the river canyon which is pretty neat. It is almost as far west as you are talking about going east though. I've lived off and on in Atlanta and Houston most of my life besides a little time in Tennessee, and from Houston, Big Bend is about 12 hours west. Atlanta is about 14 hours east. Lost Maples State Park is a nice little stop over north of San Antonio. It is famous for the fall leaves turning, but you could spend a night there with about 20 miles or so of trail you can do. There are a lot of good one-day attractions around Austin like Enchanted Rock and Hamilton Pooll is a must-see. I'll take a bit of flak for it, but in the time I have lived in Texas, I always found it a bit disappointing for a hiker. There isn't much public land there (national parks, state parks, etc), and the really noteworthy public natural attractions are mostly spread out across the very big state. The Hill Country and southwestern parts of Texas are pretty though, just not a lot of places you can spend a whole lot of time without having to move on. Corpus Christi is a really big spot for wind-water sports like wind surfing, sailing, and kite surfing.

If you made it over to Georgia I'd help show you around, but I'm actually getting read to start a north-bound Appalachian Trail thru-hike in April.

March 14, 2013, 09:41 AM
Check out Barber Motor Sports Park just east of Birmingham, AL ,Near Leeds, AL.

Yep, and it's right past the Bass Pro Shop.... :)

Keep heading East and check out the CMP Store in Anniston, AL.

March 14, 2013, 10:05 AM
Wow, deja vu. Scroll down to post #16:

That was actually at Lone Star in Lockhart.

If you want great barbeque hit up the Salt Lick in Austin.

March 14, 2013, 10:27 AM
The Alamo in San Antonio.

March 14, 2013, 11:24 AM
If you want to make a day trip to southeast GA, the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is probably the best I have ever been to. Take a look -> <-

March 14, 2013, 11:33 AM
And the museum at Warner Robbins air force base near Macon, GA.

March 14, 2013, 12:16 PM
If you were coming through Florida, Central Florida to be exact I'd offer you a day of shooting with me in Ocala. Always willing and wanting to let folks from overseas have themselves a day at the range they might not otherwise get back home, heck I'd even cover the ammo in exchange for pics. If you know anyone coming my way PM and I'll see what I can do about meeting up with them.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy the southern hospitality. At my lakehouse I'd be grilling deer steaks with butter and garlic plus my own mix of seasonings with my personally done up pulled pork.

March 14, 2013, 01:39 PM
If you get to west Texas, you may also consider a trip up to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. There is a web site for tour information.

March 14, 2013, 01:47 PM
Mtcreek, Forgot to mention those.

Section of I-20 from Birmingham to Atlanta....the Barber motorcycle museum and Bass Pro there together in Leeds, then on east to Anniston to the CMP Store and the Berman....then the Atlanta Aquarium....and if Steve has never seen the mountains of N Ga/Se Tn that is a no brainer. If my final destination was Atlanta area I would take the time to go north a few hours and at least day trip through the mountains.

March 14, 2013, 06:28 PM
thanks heaps guys, some great stuff here - better than a guide book by far

I am going to have to spend some time planning this i think

March 14, 2013, 06:34 PM
Keep heading East and check out the CMP Store in Anniston, AL.

A must visit if you are into WWII guns.

March 14, 2013, 06:56 PM
I haven't traveled that way much, but I really enjoyed the two months I spent in Destin, FL. Great beaches, boating and seafood. There's a National Forest nearby. You could also visit the USAF Armament museum there.

For food in Dallas, I recommend In N Out burger. Some of the best in the country, but only in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and TX. Get the burger "animal style". It's not on the menu, but they'll make it.

Stop in San Antonio and see the Riverwalk and the Alamo.

If you happen to make it up NW of Nashville, TN let me know. I'll take you out to shoot my AR and AK and take you to the Ft. Campbell museum.

If you didn't know about them already, check out these websites.
US Forest Service
US National Park Service

March 14, 2013, 07:01 PM
D-Day museum in New Orleans has been greatly expanded. I'm a native and can't wait to get there again to see it.

March 14, 2013, 07:28 PM
The Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise Alabama is on my bucket list. I want to see those 50's Cadillacs half buried in the ground too but these things probably tell you more about me than the sites to be seen!

Have fun!


G'dale Mike
March 14, 2013, 09:48 PM
Naval museum at pensacola fla, home of the Blue Angels , I believe.

March 14, 2013, 10:12 PM
In Austin you should be able to find some live music without looking too hard. Good food, too. The Austin Chronicle ( has listings for everything. Food-wise, I am a fan of Hyde Park Bar and Grill (fried artichoke hearts!). If you want to see a few million bats do their thing, hit the Congress Avenue bridge at dusk.

I love the Salt Lick, but if you are stopping to shoot in Lockhart, get some barbecue there, too:
Kreuz (
Smitty's (
Black's (

Remember the Alamo!

Since this is a return trip to NOLA, I'll assume you have destinations in mind. There is an antique arms shop somewhere in the Quarter, but I don't recall the name. It was cool, though.

We had an awesome beach stay at Dauphin Island, Alabama one summer.

Heading back to Dallas, think about swinging through Natchitoches, LA. Oldest European settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. The tiny downtown looks like a mini French Quarter. Check out the huge alligator hide at Kaffe-Frederick ( It truly is an old-time general store, with everything from shoes for your horse, to utensils for the kitchen. Good food at Mama's and Papa's, but the meat pies and red beans and rice at Lasyone's ( are the must do (we once drove over from Austin because we had a hankering for the red beans and rice). All three are closed Sunday, though.

Also, if you take I-20 back to Dallas, Clark Custom Guns ( is not far from Shreveport. I don't know if they have any retail operation open to the public, but gun ranges are visible on Google maps. Maybe you can catch Jerry Miculek burning the barrel out of something from the S&W custom shop.

Back in Dallas, I am fond of burgers and cheese fries from Snuffer's ( (original location on Greenville Ave.). Also on Greenville, I like the Tex Mex at Blue Goose ( On a history note, with an unfortunate tie-in to shooting, my daughter found the Sixth Floor Museum ( to be very interesting.

I am out of date on Dallas gun shops worth a visit.

I may think of more later.

Good luck!

March 14, 2013, 10:40 PM
In my opinion, the Salt Lick is overrated and expensive, but it's also BYOB, so it could be a good time for you.

Otherwise, I'd recommend Hopdoddy's Burgers in Austin (I hate the name, but they've got an awesome buffalo burger).

A&E Classic Cars in Schertz/New Braunfels (between Austin and San Antonio on IH-35).

And then if you're into theme parks and roller coasters, there is Six Flags Over Texas in Dallas and Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antone. I personally feel that 'Over Texas in Dallas is a much better park, but that is just me.

Schlitterbahn, which is a water park in New Braunfels, is awesome, but it won't be open when you're here. Apparently there is an indoor Schlitterbahn in Galveston though, that could be fun also. Never been to it, but I've been to NB and South Padre parks and they are both fantastic.

March 15, 2013, 12:18 AM
Every state has wonderful and unique things to see. In my 10 years of retirement, I've been in every state in the union except Hawaii. Everyone has different landscapes and people are for the most part very wonderfully friendly as long as you stay away from the mega-cities (those have great people too but also that is where the most hoodlums and people demanding handouts are).

I'm from Charleston, South Carolina where the Civil War started. A wonderful old city with quite a few US firsts and, next to New Orleans I think has the best restaurants.

My latest WOW moments were on my latest cross country trek where I felt my first earthquake in Yellowstone and if you want to see a museum on guns, take in the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum in Cody, Wyoming. Undoubtedly the best in the world.

Texan Scott
March 15, 2013, 12:51 AM
While you're in Mississippi, Alabama, or Georgia, get a nice potted kudzu plant to take home with you (look it up on Wikipedia). It's good high-protein fodder, and grows most anywhere. Red 'roos should love it.

March 15, 2013, 05:57 AM
The OP needs to come to Oklahoma. There is the Cowboy & western heritage musem in Oklahoma City and the J.M Davis gun musem in Claremore.

March 15, 2013, 08:52 AM
If you pass near Little Rock drop by and we'll go to my club. You are welcome to shoot anything I have.

March 15, 2013, 09:12 AM
You will probably spot various types of a native species called "Redneck" not sure of the scientific name, but they are prevalent throughout the south of the USA,male and female gender. Most are entertaining to say the least, some are downright scary looking. But most all are harmless unless provoked. Found primarily in rural areas and small towns, but can be seen in metropolitan areas if you are vigilant.
Have fun ya'll.

March 15, 2013, 09:51 AM
Centerfire Precision in Woodbury, GA

Great place to shoot and have fun all day long. Rifle, pistol and shotgun ranges available for one price. If the timing is right you might attend a class they offer.

March 18, 2013, 05:09 PM
thanks again for all the tips - slowing putting together an itinerary- just need more time

March 18, 2013, 09:31 PM
If you are in West Central GA you can visit the Infantry Museum at Ft Benning GA. No matter where you are if it is summer you need to be prepared for 100 degree temps with 95% humidity. I have been hot in a lot of places but never anywhere more miserable than south AL/GA in summer.

March 18, 2013, 09:36 PM
If you come through Nashville, I'll take you to the range at my club and shoot with us, and introduce you to some 'gun' people in the area.

March 18, 2013, 09:38 PM
National Civil War Naval Museum, Columbus Georgia. I also have to second the idea of visiting the Infantry Museum excellent place to experience.

Derry 1946
March 18, 2013, 09:47 PM
D-Day museum in New Orleans has been greatly expanded. I'm a native and can't wait to get there again to see it.

I just did. The new air pavilion is superb. Don't miss it! Enjoy your stay in the Crescent City, and I'll echo prior posts to stay on the beaten path.


March 18, 2013, 10:37 PM
As the title says the old Battleship Texas is in San Jacinto, Texas. Unfortunately, the ship is in very bad shape under the waterline and there is currently work being done to try and dry dock the ship and repair her before the hull becomes to severely damaged. But the USS Texas is still around for now so I'd say go and see it while you can before its taken away for repairs or worse...hopefully repairs! It's a great museum and the Texas is the only battleship in the world that fought in both World Wars that is still around today, 99 years after she was built!!

March 18, 2013, 11:32 PM
Lone Star Gun Range in Lockhart, Texas. It is just south of Austin. They have a .50 Barrett you can rent.
If you go to Lockhart, you have to get some BBQ at Smitty's.

March 19, 2013, 02:40 AM
Please note, Texas is right at 800 miles (straight line) west to east, and 650 miles north to south (800 road miles, Texline to Brownsville). El Paso to LA is 40 miles shorter than El Paso to Beaumont in road miles.

DFW is meh, particularly around the Airport.
Taking I-35 south to Waco a good deal. Ranger Museum and the Dr Pepper plant fun to visit.
Keep heading south, you could veer over to Bastrop and John's Guns. (It being April, you'll see even more of the wildflowers that Texas seeds the highways with, too.)

Note--there are BBQ joints from about Waco to south of Austin. They will generally be east of I-35. No two Texans will agree on which one is the best (and it can come to blows). Worth a google search of "Texas Monthly BBQ Trail" before even driving through the area.

Austin is a unique place, stay a night there for sure. Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center is just north of the Capitol. There's a La Quinta motel right on 12th Street. It's only blocks from the state Capitol Building (if such things strike a fancy) You can walk down Congress St to the bridge over the Colorado. April might be too early, but there is a colony of about 1-1.5million bats that nest in the bridge structure.

An hour down the road are all sorts of places to see. Will be chilly for tubing, but Gruene is worth the stop.

Heading south, turn right just as you get to Corpus, and head into Fredricksburg. There's a spiffy B&B on the airport down there. The Admiral Nimitz Museum of the War in the Pacific is there, too.

Corpus is just fun. Stop at the Lexington. Heading back east towards Houston is some unique country side. Commemorative Air Force is no longer in Harlingen, sadly. But, you can go visit the NASA Space Center in Clear Lake (west of Houston)--they have a decent tour. And a full size Saturn Five out on the lawn. Consider a trip over to Galveston. Stop by San Jacinto on the east side of Houston, and visit USS Texas.

Heading east on I-10 carve out some time to stop in Lake Charles, the D-Day museum & USS Kidd are worth a tour. New Orleans (called NOLA by many) can be hit or miss. Caution is not a bad thing.

When you get to the Louisiana-Mississippi border, stop and visit the NASA Stennis Center..
As you get to Mobile, stop and visit USS Alabama. Note that this can be an all-day deal.
You can also spend all day in places like Bay St Louis, Pass Christian, Gulfport, et al,

The naviators have a decent display over in Pensacola; but, going down to the "redneck Rivera" towards Destin is fun. You will be after the bulk of early Spring Break rushes, but there may still be some going on.

March 19, 2013, 11:07 AM
I wish the timing was a little bit earlier. You just missed the 7th annual Allegator wrestling, goat roping rodeo and crappie fishing tournament at Bayou Meto, Arkansas. It was the first of March this year. And for the first time, there were no runs to the emergency room or hospital admissions. Maybe because the walk-on-water contest was banned and no firearms allowed to discharge after dark.

We didn't see any alligators in March, but there were no mosquitos or cottonmouths out either. In three nights we ate several hundred pounds of ribs and catfish and drank several kegs of beer.

We were kind of humbled by someone's 14 year old daughter winning the hog calling contest. No wimmin allowed next year.

March 19, 2013, 11:12 AM
Barber Motor Sports Museum and raceway. Just do it!

March 19, 2013, 11:19 PM
It will take 2 days to take everything in at Barber. It's a biker s dream come true. Plus if you sign up for a riding school day, the track is amazing.

March 20, 2013, 08:17 AM
I third the Infantry Museum (recently re-done) and the Civil War Naval Museum near Columbus, Georgia. Country's BBQ downtown is a good place to eat after the Naval Museum. Make sure you try the banana pudding. Another good place in Western Georgia is Callaway Gardens. It would be a day trip to see everything there.

PS: if you do a hotel in Columbus, stay north of Macon road.

March 20, 2013, 11:32 AM
Are you planning to make it as far as Atlanta? There are a good many things to do here if you do. Including a nice indoor range that rents a number of interesting things, including full-auto guns. (They rotate them, but I think they presently have a Kriss Vector, an AR/M-4 type thing, and an AK.)

March 20, 2013, 12:04 PM
If you pass through NW Arkansas and are an art lover, there's Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (, in Bentonville, AR, funded by the Walton fortune (Wal-Mart heiress). This place is a world-class museum and seeing the building alone is worth the visit (their coffee bar serves the best latte my wife's had outside of Seattle, according to her). Admission is easy to digest at free since the Walmart Foundation endowed the Museum with a few million to cover admission for anyone wanting to view the art.

I learned at an early age that art wasn't my thing, but it was still an interesting visit for me due to the fact the historical information you get to read near the art work.

March 20, 2013, 12:09 PM
You mentioned western Georgia and the possibility of visiting ranges.

Atlanta Range and Ordnance in Newnan, GA. Brand new; only open for a couple of months; nice indoor range; plenty of pistol lanes plus some 40 yd rifle lanes.

Autrey's Armory in Fayetteville, GA. Nice range that's been around a long time.

Either of these are great to visit.... during the week. A little too crowded for me on Saturdays.

March 20, 2013, 02:31 PM
Antoher vote for Collectors Firearms in Houston. Its like walking into a museum. Thousands of guns of all types.
Ranger museum in Waco is worth a stop. Some fancy Colts there.
Antique arms mentioned in New Orleans is on Royal St. along with all the antique shops.
Any Bass Pro or Cabellas is worth the time and they are every where.

October 29, 2013, 11:57 PM
How was the trip?


October 30, 2013, 12:35 AM
Looks like you're taking a trip in the opposite direction from one of my favorite spots.

Midland, Texas is home to the Commemorative Air Force (formerly the Confederate Air Force) and they have quite a lot to see. Under their "Aircraft and Vehicle Display" entry on their website:

"A visit to the museum includes a wide variety of aircraft on display in the fully functional CAF Main Hangar. The CAF actively restores, maintains and flies vintage aircraft that was flown by all military services of the United States. The display is continuously changing as aircraft rotate in and out for air shows and maintenance schedules."

As I said, they're the opposite direction of the road trip you plan on taking. However, they're right off of I-20, which makes it a straight shot out of Dallas if you want to make the trip. About 280 miles, though, so it's not a short trip.

October 30, 2013, 11:14 AM
Did the OP make the trip.

October 30, 2013, 11:44 AM
If you are a gun nut,,,
There is one place in Bartlesville that's a must-see.

The J. M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum (

They bill the museum as:
Yes; we are the largest private gun collection in the world...

I spent the better part of 6 hours there one fine summer day,,,
I didn't get to see every gun they had on display.

It truly has every gun I have ever heard of,,,
And many more I didn't know existed.



October 30, 2013, 11:45 AM
Do yourself a favor and do NOT travel on the Interstate system. If you truly want to see and experience the local flavor, culture, and sights, you will get none of those from the Interstate system. Wife and I just did 10 days driving the entire Blue Ridge Parkway and Sky Line Drive for the Fall foliage and we took every two lane back-country county road we could by using her I-pad with Google GPS/Map/Earth overlays. Combined with Yelp reviews, we were able to find rooms, fantastic local eateries and neat tourist things slightly off the beaten track.

If you like clay target shooting, there should be some nice courses on your travels

October 30, 2013, 12:26 PM
Did the OP make the trip.
The last post by the OP was March 18. I don't think the OP made the trip, there was no followup.

October 30, 2013, 12:45 PM
if down by Llano or New Braunfels yoh have to stop in and eat at Coopers bbq.

October 30, 2013, 01:48 PM
That was April, this is almost November. Giving travel advice now is more than a bit moot. If the op would like to post an update please let me know.

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