October 10, 2018, my hubby and I with our two little doggies are going pack up our 33 foot 5th wheel RV and hit the road for what we're calling "The Grand Adventure"! It will be a two year trip across the United States, camping in every state!
We've had a lot of people ask us about our plans and where we're going so we've decided to start sharing our ideas so you all can give us advise before we ever leave.
Since we won't be starting "The Grand Adventure" until October, we decided to start in a state that will be beautiful in the fall - Tennessee.
The first stop on the Tennessee tour will be Memphis.
We will be camping at T. O. Fuller State Park. It is located right outside of Memphis. An ancient Indian village was found during an excavation. The site has since been developed as the Chucalissa Indian Village and is operated by the University of Memphis. It includes a village, preserved archaeological excavations and a modern museum.
At each location, we will be looking for trails to hike. There is a trail at this state park called The Discovery Trail which goes to the Indian village and and loops around the park.
We will spend three nights there. While we are there, here are some places we would like to visit:
Graceland - My hubby and I have both been to Graceland years ago and we need to stay on a budget but thanks to Eat Sleep Travel Repeat we found out you can visit the Mediation Garden and Elvis' gravesite for no cost from 7:30 to 8:30 each morning.
Beale Street - No visit to Memphis is complete without spending time on Beale Street.
- Cultural Xplorer gave us some ideas on what do in Memphis, including making a stop at the Blues City Cafe and we're putting Rum Boogie on the list thanks to Dang Travelers.
National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel - This is the location of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and from what we've read, it is an excellent place to visit. I'm not sure we will have time to actually go in (and besides it would cost us $32) but we will definitely walk by.
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid - Since we are from southwest Missouri, we are big Bass Pro fans so we will take some time to visit this cool looking location.
Mud Island River Park - Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke gave us some good information about this park near the Pyramid. We will take some time to walk around this area while visiting that area.
Peabody Ducks - We had heard about these famous ducks but have never seen them. After reading about them in Wanderlust in the City, we are definitely going to put this unusual item on the list! Read even more about the ducks at porterbriggs.com.
Peabody Hotel rooftop/sunset - We got the idea from Cultural Xplorer and Dang Travelers to go the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel and watch the sun set - sounds like that will fit our budget! We might also take this opportunity to have their signature drink - Jack Daniel's Peach Sour.
Sun Studio - We will probably follow the advice of Dang Travelers and not spend the money or time to go inside but instead take pictures outside and inside the store.
Traveling in an RV means you can easily cook your own food saving a lot on food costs. However one of the fun things about traveling, is trying local cuisine. We spend as much time researching places to eat as we do places to go! Here are some places we have found:
Jerry's Snow Cones - The Blonde Abroad inspired us to put Jerry's Snow Cones on the must try list. I'm not sure how we will make up our minds on which flavor though - there are so many! Anybody ever been there and have a favorite?
Central BBQ or Cozy Corner BBQ - BBQ is big business in Memphis and every blog or review recommended a different location. After reading MANY reviews, we've narrowed it down to these two locations. Hopefully we are making good choices because we do love our BBQ!
Arcade Restaurant - Lots of different blogs mentioned eating breakfast here. We tend to just eat a small breakfast but sometimes we split a big breakfast out for very little cost. This is also Memphis' oldest cafe.
Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken - Right after you read about Memphis BBQ, you will read about Gus' chicken - apparently no visit to Memphis is complete until you have visited here. They now have over 20 locations all over the US, but they started in Memphis.
Once we visit Memphis, we will post our pictures and video our own Youtube channel and let you know if we followed this plan or if we changed things up. Please comment below on Memphis recommendations!