Was just at DeSoto park adjacent to Little River Canyon for Christmas. All I had with me were my 10x70 Fuji's but the sky was great on top of Lookout Mountain. Double cluster and several Messier's were naked eye visible. Rooms at the Lodge (motel) are comfortable and sub $100, breakfast included. The CCC vintage cabins and newer Chalets are sub $150, boast full kitchens plus one free breakfast. Park is clean and quiet. Lots of day trip stuff to do for family if you choose to make it a weekend.
Prefer the Atacama, but LRC is more convenient and cheaper .
Must say favorite regular spot is back yard. Finished observatory late Summer 2014 and have been Loving the opportunity to pop out for an hour or two. Observing time has gone up dramatically. Hmm it's just like they say, "Best scope/site is the one that gets used the most".