I need help. I'm in the beginning stages of planning a trip back to hallowed ground, probably in May 2009 and probably to Chattanooga, maybe Memphis. That's not the part I really need help with, although if you have some suggestions along those lines I'd love to hear them.
What I need help with is that this will be the first vacation that I'll have my new family in tow. I picked Chattanooga because I know there are a lot of other things we can do as a family. Combine a trip to Point Park with a visit to Ruby Falls. Catch a Lookouts ballgame, do the various train things (he loves trains), see the aquarium, ride the Ducks. Plus I'll find time for Chickamauga. What other kid friendly (he'll be 5 1/2) things are there to do in the area?
Plus I'm thinking of either a 9 day or 2 week trip. So we'll fly into either Nashville or Atlanta. I'd prefer to avoid things in those big cities but what kid friendly attractions are there along the roads we'd be traveling? I figured roughly 6 days in Chattanooga and then the rest of the trip hitting other sites along the road and in the city we fly into. I could easily find Civil War stuff for every hour of the trip but the wife and 5 year old won't find that very fun and I want a family vacation they remember for more than "we were dragged around to look at cannons by dad."
I'm also itching to get back to Shiloh, and there I really don't know as many kid friendly attractions. Maybe make that a shorter trip with much time spent in Memphis.