My brother and I will be driving from Los Angeles to Monroe, LA to get him situated at his new college. We can take up to 6 days, but he must arrive in Monroe by the end of the day on Sun., Sept. 1. I THINK our total budget will be roughly $2000.
What should we see? Where should we stay/eat? He's 18 and moving away from home for the first time. I want to make this trip as fun as possible so that he can have lots of good memories for those times when he feels lonely.
This is our first road trip and our first time in this part of the country. It's hard to know what's worth seeing and what to pass on. We'd like to see places like The Grand Canyon (is it worth it if we won't stay to hike/camp there?) and Carlsbad Caverns, and stop for photo ops at places like Four Corners, the "World's Biggest (fill in the blank)," etc.
We're open to whatever you think is worth seeing (museums, local fare included). We don't mind wandering a few hours out of the way to see something really great.
Also, is there any advice you can give for first-time road trippers? My plan was to find lodging whenever/wherever we felt tired. Should we plan ahead instead to make sure we can find a decent place to sleep?
Thanks in advance for your input!