Chattanooga, Tenn., is about 600 miles from Washington. Take Interstate 66 west to I-81 south, then I-40 west to I-75 south, then I-24 west to US 27-N. Nashville is 134 miles from Chattanooga. Take US-27 south to I-24 west. Memphis is 212 miles west of Nashville on I-40.
WHERE TO STAY
Super 8 Chattanooga, 7024 McCutcheon Rd., Chattanooga, 423-490-8560, http://www.super8.com. Features an indoor pool and free continental breakfast. Rooms start at $41.99 on weeknights.
Econo Lodge, 110 Maplewood Trace, Nashville, 615-262-9193, http://www.econolodge.com. Seasonal outdoor pool and free continental breakfast. Rooms start at $42.50.
Days Inn, 9240 Parkwest Blvd., Knoxville, Tenn., 865-693-6061, http://www.daysinn.com. Seasonal outdoor pool and free continental breakfast. Pets are welcome. Rooms start at $38.21.
WHERE TO EAT
Big River Grille and Brewing Works, 222 Broad St., Chattanooga, 423-267-2739, http://www.bigrivergrille.com. Next to the Tennessee Aquarium, this downtown restaurant offers a wide selection of entrees, burgers, salads and pizza. It also specializes in ales and lagers. Dinner entrees start at $10.50.
Sugar's Ribs, 2450 15th Ave., Chattanooga, 423-826-1199, http://www.sugarsribs.com. Perched on a hill, so diners can eat their barbecue outside while watching the sun set over Chattanooga. A half-slab of ribs is $10.50; full is $20.50. A half-chicken is $5.50; whole is $10.75.
Central BBQ, 2249 Central Ave., Memphis, 901-272-9377, http://www.cbqmemphis.com. Plates, which come with bread and two sides, start at $7.99. A half-slab of ribs is $13.99; full slab is $18.75.
WHAT TO DO
International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, 3315 Broad St., Chattanooga, 423-267-3132, tp://www.internationaltowingmuseum.org. Learn the history of the tow-truck industry and see antique trucks. Admission is $8, seniors $7, children 6 to 18 $4.
Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, 3917 Saint Elmo Ave., Chattanooga, 423-821-9056, http://www.lookoutmountain.com. Ride the world's steepest passenger railway up to Lookout Mountain, overlooking Chattanooga Valley. A round-trip adult ticket is $14, children 3 to 12 $7.
Robert's Western World, 416 Broadway, Nashville, 615-244-9552, http://www.robertswesternworld.com. Listen to live music at this honky-tonk, next to the Nashville Convention Center and the Ryman Auditorium. Deals include the Recession Special: a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, fried bologna sandwich and MoonPie or GooGoo Cluster for $5.
Graceland, 3765 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, 800-238-2000, http://www.elvis.com. Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Tuesdays December through February). Tour the house Elvis Presley bought at 22. Includes an "Elvis in Hollywood" exhibit with memorabilia from his movie career. The Elvis Presley Car Museum includes new special displays. Adult admission to tour the mansion and grounds only is $28. The platinum tour, which includes the Automobile Museum and the Hollywood Exhibit, is $33 for adults. An adult entourage VIP tour, which comes with a special all-day ticket, front of the line access to the mansion, and access to a special VIP-only exhibit in the mansion, is $69. Some prices are scheduled to rise in 2010.
A. Schwab, 163 Beale St., Memphis, 901-523-9782. Established in 1876, this family-owned store is the only remaining original business on Memphis's famed Beale Street. A balcony between two floors of shopping houses a small museum about the family and the street.
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