For a week in late March, we left the cold grayness of Ohio for spring and sun in New Orleans! After our drive across the country last year, 15 hours each way was a piece of cake this time around. Plus, we got to explore Chattanooga and Memphis, I got to cross off my 48th state (Arkansas), and we got to catch up with friends in Cincinnati on the way back. Going south, it was so much fun to see the leaves and flowers gradually come out. Coming back north? Not quite as fun. ;)
We started off our trip by driving south to Knoxville, where we stayed our first night. The next day, we made the short drive to Chattanooga, where we rode the incline railway up Lookout Mountain, explored downtown, and took a walk through the Ruby Falls cave. We then left for New Orleans. The next morning, we took a fantastic swamp tour in the morning, followed by a walk around the French Quarter in the evening. Our next two days in NOLA we explored the city, drove up the gulf coast, and visited the Oak Alley Plantation. Leaving New Orleans, we drove north to Memphis, then through the Wapanocca Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. We continued on through Lexington and Cincinnati the next day.
Despite the long hours in the car, driving trips are such a fun way to explore the country up close. Some favorite images from our travels are below!