This is a very rough sketch of the trip a friend and I are planning for the summer:
start: Cali --> ?????, AZ --> Las Cruces, NM // White Sands National Monument --> Roswell, NM --> Austin, TX --> destination: New Orleans, LA
1) Would it be realistic to do this drive in 5-6 days?
2) We've been through much of AZ before so we're not interested in staying there anymore than we need to since we've got a bit of a time crunch. We're thinking of alternating driving shifts past Arizona and heading straight to La Cruces. Doable?
3) We want to spend a chunk of our time in Louisiana (which is about another week or so). We're visiting with a friend in New Orleans so that's where we'll be starting out, but we're more interested in the less tourist-y areas in south LA. Want to see the bayou and listen to local artists and eat real cajun food. Any recommendations for that?