I've been lurking here for a while, this is my first post on this wonderful site.
I'm planning a road trip after this semester is finished up here in snowy Michigan (it's actually nice and warm today and the snow is melted, yay!). My intention is to take advantage of the Florida drive out rates provided by Hertz. I have a friend who lives in West Palm Beach, so I intend to fly there and grab the car.
From there I plan to drive mostly along the east coast to the northern terminus of US-1 in Maine then drive diagonally southwest towards Louisiana, drive around a bit on the Gulf coast then head back north to home in MI.
Points I've already decided to hit include the Natchez Trace Parkway, Smoky Mountain Natl Park, Cumberland Gap, those are the ones I can remember at the moment.
I have two questions regarding such a trip, the first is what types of scenic stops would others recommend me trying to see that are along this path.
The other is regarding the rental car. I normally drive a Saturn SL1, it's a small car, but does what it needs. My question is, Hertz has the Compact car, a Ford Focus (or similar) for $30 a week, and they have the Hyundai Accent (or similar) for $10 a week. Can anyone give me an idea of how the Hyundai compares to a Saturn vs. a Focus and if one would trust it to go 7,000 miles.