Virginia to Nashville to New Orleans to Houston to Atlanta and back to Virginia. We had 9 days to travel 3,000 plus miles taking 45 plus hours of driving and hit 4 cities.
While the main point of the trip was to visit the boyfriend’s family in Texas we had originally planned to stay at least 24 hours in each of the other cities but soon decided to cut Nashville short as it is it was the closest to home and we wanted to spend some extra time in New Orleans.
Roadtripping is not glamorous, but it is a lot of fun when the weather is nice and you’re with the right company. I got lucky and happened to have both which made being in close quarters, dealing with traffic and sleeping in the car in Walmart parking lots bearable.
So what was our itinerary?
- Friday @ 4pm leave Virginia
- Drive 10 hours to Nashville, gain one hour with the time difference
- Arrive around 2am and crash in a Walmart Supercenter parking lot
- Wake up Saturday, grab breakfast at the Sun Diner in Nashville
- Drive 8 hours to New Orleans
- Arrive Saturday night around 7pm and stay at The Treme hotel for 2 nights
- Explore New Orleans Saturday night and all day Sunday
- Wake up Monday morning and drive 6 hours to Houston
- Stay with the boyfriend’s family until Friday
- Friday around 5pm leave Houston and drive 8 hours to another Walmart Supercenter
- I fell asleep on the drive for a few hours then we switched seats. I slept for another 3 hours then finished the drive to Atlanta arriving around 1pm on Saturday.
- Airbnb in Atlanta for the night
- Leave Atlanta Sunday at 11, drive 11 hours to Virginia
- Arrive home around 10pm
Everything worked out great. We had amazing food in Nashville, partied in New Orleans, I got to see what it was like growing up in Texas *not my thing :D*, then crashed a bar crawl and got spontaneous tattoos in Atlanta, and made it home in time to get a good night’s sleep before having to work on Monday. The weather was perfection and I got to see parts of the country I’d never seen before. I’d call this trip a success!
I really enjoyed planning out the trip. Like really really enjoyed it. I made 4 different itineraries for us to choose from with different cities and different amounts of time in each.
It was kind of like a puzzle trying to figure out how to break up the drive, do as much as possible without over doing it, and get to where we needed to be when we needed to be there.
*Side Note: iPhone pictures from inside a car never turn out well so sorry for the crap quality. I had to made due.