Hi all! My boyfriend and I are planning a ~3 week long road trip in the South this summer. We're flying down to Chapel Hill and taking a car from there (we're starting in Chapel Hill because I have family there who are willing to lend us their car). We have 20 days altogether, and are a bit overwhelmed. We want to see a lot of places, but we also don't want to overload our schedule. How far Southwest do you think is reasonable? My boyfriend grew up in the South but has never really traveled Southwest, so if we could make it into the New Mexico area that would be awesome. But we also realize that might be too far. We were thinking of doing a loop, so going as far South and West as possible and then heading back to Chapel Hill a little more North (i.e. going through Kentucky).
Things we want to do/see:
- Beautiful countryside number 1--we want to hike, a beach is also always great, maybe even camping
- Good food
- Maybe horseback riding? And other outdoorsy activities...
- Visit culturally vibrant cities (New Orleans etc.)
I've heard that since we're going to be in Chapel Hill, Asheville is a must. I'm also thinking we should hit up Savannah and New Orleans? If we do make it as far West as New Mexico (assuming we went through New Orleans first) how should we navigate Texas (i.e. what cities are worth making a detour to visit)? Is it unrealistic to think we could get that far West though?
Any thoughts would be appreciated. We're planning on nailing down some accommodation reservations, and then figuring it out other times.
Just some more info:
- We're in our mid-20s
- Budget: about 2700 for road trip (including gas, lodging, food, misc.)
- Willing to drive long periods of time (and also at night) but more interested in substantive stays and the ability to stray from itinerary/go off the beaten path
Thank you so much!