Road Trip Recap

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in North America, Play-by-plays, USA | 1 comment

As a little practice for the real deal, Yus and I and two other besties (jjo and jdubs) decided to take a roadtrip through the Southern United States which culminated in West Palm Beach with an amazing wedding. We were the most diverse thing to ever hit the South and could have been a traveling United Colors of Benetton ad. We went to some spectacular destinations such as Austin, New Orleans, and Savannah, ate a ridiculous amount of food, and got to witness the phenomenon that is an SEC tailgate. So here is the low down. (If you don’t like to read and just like pretty pictures, check out Road Trip in Pics which is coming soon).

Austin, Texas

Jjo and I walked around the State Capitol, which is apparently the best tourist spot Austin has to offer. Or at least according to tripadvisor. It was alright. Dome-y. Capitol-y. We missed out on a couple of recommended things such as Barton Springs Pool (closed Thursdays…bah) and Esther’s Follies, which got sold out literally as I was trying to buy tickets. But East 6th street made up for all of our earlier shortcomings. I highly recommend at least one live music venue, maybe a dueling piano bar, before mingling with all the UT coeds.

For grub, Franklin Barbecue was definitely worth jjo’s 2-hour wait. It fed us for 24 hours straight.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Holy cow Nola is insane. It didn’t help that our hotel balcony faced Bourbon Street (the photo below is 9am, after all the shame has been bulldozed off). So food wise, we hit up most of the recommended spots: Sylvain, Cochon for classy dining, Domilise for po’ boys (I preferred the beef to the shrimp), Willie Mae’s Scotch House for fried chicken that was advertised to be so good that you’d slap yo mama (it was good, but your mama is safe for now), Cafe du Monde for beignets (pretty yummy).

Non-edible highlights were: nightlife (duh), live jazz, walking around town, Airboat swamp tour (gators!), driving around the Lower Ninth, exploring Walmart (yowza!), WWII Museum (with its very own 4D Tom Hanks film. 4D is the new 3D). Sidenote: the museum’s restaurant has a pretty magical happy hour. Tons of 75 cent snacks and $3 beers.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

To be honest, we didn’t really see Baton Rouge. One because we went only for the LSU Bama tailgate. And two, because I tried but everything was closed Sunday (I’m still bitter). Actually, Yus saw the Walmart. Anyway, the tailgate is a sight to behold especially since none of us went to a big football school (sorry Cal, I love my bears, but the tailgating is pathetic). The tickets to the game started at $300 a pop, so we got a 30-pack of roadies, and managed to join a sweet corporate tailgate. Sidenote: props to the LSU fans, who even after the close loss, were very respectful to the Bama fans at bars.

Montgomery, Alabama

We drove through the entire state of Mississippi without much desire to stop. We even took the scenic road. We got to Montgomery in time to visit the Rosa Parks Museum, which was a nice educational stop on our journey. The children’s wing has a 4D experience. Not to be missed. Upon asking a local for recommendations of things to do, she told us to leave and go to Atlanta. So we abided by her advice.

Atlanta, Georgia

This was election night. We wanted pomp. We demanded circumstance. We got Buckhead Saloon. We loved it — it had plush leather couches, a fireplace, TV’s playing CNN and various sports, a live band, and a full bar. And I’m not going to brag, but we stayed in the Four Seasons of budget hotels. La Quinta, we forever love you for your warmth, hospitality, and free wifi.

Savannah, Georgia

Really beautiful town. Very much designed for promenading the wide streets and strolling through the squares. Must eat at the The Olde Pink House. It is gorgeous, yet unassuming, has phenomenal service. And THAT fried chicken will make you slap yo mama. Oh and Thomas Jefferson stayed there at some point, in case you care.

The next morning we drove and stopped by St Augustine, Florida for lunch. Another really pretty seaside town.

Orlando, Florida

Medieval Times and Downtown Disney pretty much say it all. We also watched Wreck-it Ralph, but it was in measly 3D so luckily we had bottle service to our seats to make up for that (not joking).

The morning after we stopped by an orange grove for some vitamin C refresher. We would need it for the upcoming weekend in West Palm Beach.

West Palm Beach, Florida

We went gangnam style for two nights on Clematis Ave. It was awesome to see friends from all over, and be there for the magical nuptuals of Mr. and Mrs. KelMoe.

One Comment

  1. LOVE that wedding pic :)


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