complete newbie here so excuse some of the basic questions!
We're a couple from the UK and are planning to do a road trip from Nashville to Austin during Dec 2011. We've never been to the States so you can imagine how daunting this can be. I would really appreciate some advice from the gurus and seasoned travellers to help us make the most of this trip. Our objective is to steer away from major highways as much as possible and rather stick to scenic backroads.
My initial questions are:
1. Google calculates the trip to be around 1,100 miles. Would 4 to 5 days be OK considering we would like to take in as many sights as possible?
2. What are the "must see" sights? We love nature (especially keen on the national forests) and cultural stuff.
3. Would you rent an RV or a smaller car?
4. Will there be dangerours driving conditions during mid winter?
5. This one is quite detailed but any pointers will be appreciated; will the following route be a good choice:
Highway 40 -> Route 61 -> Route 8 -> Route 371 -> Highway 20 -> Route 171 -> then through Sabine and David Crockett forests on our way to Austin
Thanks in advance for any tips and advice.
Next year is SoCal to SanFran....but that is a whole different post!