My wife and I had to take an unexpected road trip down to Florida from our home in Raleigh last year due to a family emergency. It's the first time we haven't flown anywhere when traveling outside of the state or immediately surrounding states. We loved the expereince of the road trip so much that we decided to make that our summer vacation this year. I'm looking for suggestions for great routes, destinations, restaurants, scenic spots, or anything else that would make for a great American adventure off the beaten path for the summer time from Raleigh to Hot Springs, AR. I'm trying to avoid Interstate 40 as much as possible and as this is only my second road trip ever I'm finding that planning one spanning 3 states is a bit daunting. We're looking to make the round trip in 10 days. Thanks folks for the advice and suggestions!