You can drive 450 miles from one side of the state to the other on I-40 and not encounter any tolls. You’d also drive through temperate plains, the Cumberland Plateau and the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as the major cities of Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville. If you started in Arkansas and went eastward to North Carolina, you’d cross the Mississippi, Cumberland, Clinch, Holston and French Broad rivers, all of which are major rivers. It’s far from a boring drive. Well maybe for about 100 miles out of Memphis, but you’re so glad to get out of there, it’s fine
That sounds like a pretty cool road trip.
Out of interest what's wrong with Memphis? It can't be too bad as you can contact it on long distance information.