my wife and I (from Norway) plan a trip to the US early in May this year. Our plan so far is to fly to NYC, stay there 3-4 days, rent a car and drive south for 4 or 5 days. Looking at the map, it seems Charlotte, NC, may be a good place to aim for, according to google maps, travelling from NYC to Charlotte (via Washington DC and a detour to Williamsburg) should take approx. 13 hours. This would make 3-4 hours driving per day, with plenty of time for sightseeing (and/or detours, if we find any nice places off the route we should visit).
So, apart from the mentioned Washington DC and Williamsburg (and of course NYC where we'll spend the first 3-4 days), what places do you suggest we visit on this trip? Since this is our first US trip together, we're looking for pretty standard things, like historic sites, nice scenery etc. Also, if the weather is nice, would it be possible to go for a swim, e.g. somewhere near Williamsburg, at this time of the year (early May)?
Another question: We will book our hotel in NYC in advance, but prefer to have as much freedom as possible when driving. Will it be easy to find places to stay along the road at this time of the year, without booking in advance? Thinking of cheap places like Motel 6 etc. What should we expect to pay per night for a double room?
Best regards from Norway,