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Ryan and Megan's Deep South Itinerary
Saturday, October 10, 2009 - Monday, October 12, 2009

Howdy, folks! Another week, another trip! This time, we're headed to the "deep south", i.e. Alabama. Unfortunately, it's going to be an incredibly rainy weekend, but there's still plenty of fun to be had. Well, depending on what you consider to be fun, anyway. A few months ago, Southwest had an amazing sale, and Birmingham went below their regular $90 price tag, so we decided to jump on it and figure out what to do later. And by later, I mean about a week before the trip... so please excuse the abbreviated itinerary - it's too late to write up anything interesting!
~ Ryan

All times are local to the particular city. Most of the trip will be in the Central Time Zone, with the exception of our first night, when we'll sneak into the Eastern Time Zone.

Emergency Contact Information:
Phone (Ryan's Cell): 410-259-4180
Phone (Megan's Cell): 443-564-1301
E-mail: webmaster@ryanandmegan.net (will be checked as often as possible)


Once again, we will be bringing a webcam along with us for the ride. Signal will be sporadic and reliant upon good power to the laptop, but whenever we can, we will try to pump new images to this page every 20 seconds - no need to open a new window or refresh! If the picture doesn't update, then we are out of signal. Just check back later.



*** OUTBOUND ***
  Flight #1/1: Saturday, October 10, 2009 -   TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 1656 (Baltimore to Birmingham)
  DEPART Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 10:55 AM
  ARRIVE Brimingham, AL (BHM) at 11:55 AM [12:55 PM EST]

*** INBOUND ***
  Flight #1/1: Monday, October 12, 2009 -   TRACK IT!
  Southwest Airlines - Flight 922 (Brimingham to Baltimore)
  DEPART Brimingham, AL (BHM) at 6:10 PM [7:10 PM EST]
  ARRIVE Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 9:05 PM



Hotel: Night 1, October 10, 2009
Microtel Inn Chattanooga Hamilton Place
7014 McCutcheon Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
1-423-510-0761
Room Type: N/S, 1 Queen Bed w/ Microwave, Refrigerator, Breakfast

Hotel: Night 2, October 11, 2009
Days Inn and Suites Selma
1120 Highland Avenue
Selma, AL 36703
1-334-872-0014
Room Type: N/S, 1 King Bed w/ Microwave, Refrigerator, Breakfast


Car Rental: October 10 (12:00pm) - October 12 (5:30pm)
Alamo Rent A Car
Birmingham Arpt
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212
Phone: 1-205-591-0120
Car Type: Fullsize (Chevrolet Impala or Similar)


Note: The numbers in the itinerary correspond to the map at the bottom. Hyperlinked items are from the book 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die. For context, this section was written by Ryan.
Unless otherwise indicated, all times are in Central Daylight Time (add 1 hour for Eastern)

You can download a turn-by-turn itinerary with estimated times by clicking here.

Saturday, October 10
Click for Birmingham International, Alabama Forecast

  • 9:55am-11:55am - Southwest Flight to Alabama, landing in Birmingham in the rain
  • 11:55am-12:40pm - STOP [1] - Car Rental Pickup
  • 12:40pm-1:30pm - DRIVING
  • 1:30pm-2:00pm - STOP [2] - Talladega Superspeedway
  • 2:00pm-2:29pm - DRIVING
  • 2:29pm-2:59pm - STOP [3] - Anniston Museum of Natural History
  • 2:59pm-4:22pm - DRIVING
  • 4:22pm-5:07pm - STOP [4] - Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • 5:07pm-6:57pm(EST) - DRIVING (switch to Eastern Time)
  • 6:57pm(EST)-7:27pm(EST) - STOP [5] - Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens
  • 7:27pm(EST)-8:32pm(EST) - DRIVING
  • 8:32pm(EST)-9:32(EST) - STOP [6] - Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
  • 9:32pm(EST)-10:01pm(EST) - DRIVING
  • 10:01pm(EST)-end of the day - STOP [7] - Microtel Inn Chattanooga Hamilton Place


Sunday, October 11
Click for Chattanooga, Tennessee Forecast

  • 8:00am(EST)-8:50am - DRIVING (switch to Central Time)
  • 8:50am-10:50am - STOP [8] - Jack Daniel's Distillery
  • 10:50am-11:48am - DRIVING
  • 11:48am-12:48pm - STOP [9] - US Space and Rocket Center
  • 12:48pm-2:09pm - DRIVING
  • 2:09pm-2:39pm - STOP [10] - Helen Keller Birthplace
  • 2:30pm-2:51pm - DRIVING
  • 2:51pm-3:06pm - STOP [11] - W.C. Handy Birthplace
  • 3:06pm-3:08pm - DRIVING
  • 3:08pm-3:23pm - STOP [12] - Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House
  • 3:23pm-3:39pm - DRIVING
  • 3:39pm-3:54pm - STOP [13] - Alabama Music Hall of Fame
  • 3:54pm-6:34pm - DRIVING
  • 6:34pm-7:34pm - STOP [14] - Dreamland Drive-Inn Bar-B-Que
  • 7:34pm-7:44pm - DRIVING
  • 7:44pm-8:14pm - STOP [15] - Kentuck Art Center
  • 8:14pm-9:54pm - DRIVING
  • 9:54pm-end of the day - STOP [16] - Days Inn and Suites Selma


Monday, October 12
Click for Montgomery, Alabama Forecast
Happy Yom Kippur!

  • 7:00am-7:03am - DRIVING
  • 7:03am-8:03am - STOP [17] - Edmund Pettus Bridge
  • 8:03am-9:06am - DRIVING
  • 9:06am-9:51am - STOP [18] - Civil Rights Memorial
  • 9:51am-9:54am - DRIVING
  • 9:54am-10:24am - STOP [19] - First White House of the Confederacy
  • 10:24am-10:26am - DRIVING
  • 10:26am-11:11am - STOP [20] - Old Alabama Town
  • 11:11am-11:14am - DRIVING
  • 11:14am-11:44am - STOP [21] - Rosa Parks Library and Museum
  • 11:44am-12:59pm - DRIVING
  • 12:59pm-1:59pm - STOP [22] - The American Village
  • 1:59pm-2:40pm - DRIVING
  • 2:40pm-2:55pm - STOP [23] - Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
  • 2:55pm-3:13pm - DRIVING
  • 3:13pm-3:43pm - STOP [24] - Vulcan Park
  • 3:43pm-3:46pm - DRIVING
  • 3:46pm-4:01pm - STOP [25] - Highlands Bar and Grill
  • 4:01pm-4:06pm - DRIVING
  • 4:06pm-4:36pm - STOP [26] - Kelly Ingram Park
  • 4:36pm-4:37pm - DRIVING
  • 4:37pm-4:52pm - STOP [27] - 16th Street Baptist Church
  • 4:52pm-5:00pm - DRIVING
  • 5:00pm-6:10pm - STOP [28] - Flight Check-in at airport
  • 6:10pm-9:05pm(EST) - We're headed home... and far too early! Thanks for following us!


Don't have time to read all the nonsense above? I don't blame you. Just check out the map below to see our guesstimated route.



Just as before, these are some links where you might be able to track our flight. With all of these sites, be sure to hit refresh (F5) and click 'Retry' as applicable to view the latest information.

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