Southern U.S.: 'We're Moving to L.A. to Follow Our Dreams'

A couple from Boston is psyched for their big drive--but with so many quirky sights on the way, what's the rush?

 

  • French Quarter Suites 2144 Madison Ave., Memphis, 800/843-0353, memphisfrenchquarter.com, from $89
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  • Austin Motel 1220 S. Congress Ave., 512/441-1157, austinmotel.com, from $57
  • Food

     

  • Brown Hotel 335 W. Broadway, Louisville, 502/583-1234
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  • Cozy Corner 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, 901/527-9158
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  • Maple Leaf Bar 8316 Oak St., New Orleans, 504/866-9359
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  • Café du Monde 800 Decatur St., New Orleans, 504/525-4544
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  • El Sol y La Luna 1224 S. Congress Ave., Austin, 512/444-7770
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  • Cooper's Barbecue 505 W. Dallas St., Llano, 325/247-5713
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  • Mac's BBQ 1903 S. Bridge St., Brady, 325/597-2164
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  • Llano Estacado Winery 3426 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1585, Lubbock, 806/745-2258
  • Activities

     

  • Muhammad Ali Center 144 N. Sixth St., Louisville, 502/584-9254, $9
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  • Jim Beam Outpost 149 Happy Hollow Rd., Clermont, 502/543-9877
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  • Mantle Rock Preserve 859/259-9655, nature.org
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  • Graceland 800/238-2000, elvis.com/graceland, mansion tour $22
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  • National Ornamental Metal Museum 374 Metal Museum Dr., Memphis, 901/774-6380, $4
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  • Gibson Beale Street Showcase 145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave., Memphis, 901/543-0800, tour $10
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  • Katrina Krewe New Orleans, 504/329-7908, cleanno.org
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  • Best Friends Animal Society 435/644-2001, bestfriends.org
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  • Continental Club 1315 S. Congress Ave., Austin, 512/441-0202, continentalclub.com
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  • Emo's 603 Red River, Austin, 512/477-3667, emosaustin.com
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  • Yoga Yoga Austin, 512/490-1200, yogayoga.com, $16
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  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park 806/488-2227, palodurocanyon.com
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  • Santa Fe School of Cooking 116 W. San Francisco St., 505/983-4511, santafeschoolofcooking.com, $35
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  • Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs 50 Los Baños Dr., Ojo Caliente, 800/222-9162, ojocalientespa.com, from $16
  • Shopping

     

  • Newsom's Old Mill Store 208 E. Main St., Princeton, 270/365-2482
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  • Waterloo Records 600A N. Lamar, Austin, 512/474-2500
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  • BookPeople 603 N. Lamar, Austin, 512/472-5050
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  • Whole Foods Market 525 N. Lamar, Austin, 512/476-1206
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  • Double Take 320 Aztec St., Santa Fe, 505/989-8886
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