Hi everyone! I'm from Melbourne, Australia and I'm coming to the states this September with my partner. He and I are both really keen to do a road trip that involves all of the places we're aching to see, a lot of places with strong pop-culture references, traditional bluegrass/country/blues music and some places of biblical significance, too (we're really interested in all of these things about America and it's history and have been obsessed with southern American culture since I can remember.) Anyway, I've got a rough idea of how we might go about it, but I figured it'd be great to get some advice, especially as I only have about 4 weeks in total and a couple of places would be unreal to stay in for a few days...
We land at LAX, so we were going to stay in LA for a night or two to recover from the flight.
LA - Joshua Tree Desert (staying at the Inn in Gram Parson's room for the night is a bit of a dream)
Across to Austin TX (I have a friend there, we would stay a couple of nights with her)
Austin down through Houston and straight through to New Orleans (would ideally stay 4-5 days)
New Orleans up to Memphis, stopping briefly at Jackson and Clarksdale for obvious reasons, stay in Memphis for a few days
Memphis to Nashville - we'd ideally like to stay for a week in TN, it's a big priority for us!
from Nashville up through Kentucky and West Virginia, slowly making our way towards NYC (I'm interested in towns in West Virginia, such as Jolo, any other suggestions would be great)
I really want to stay a night in Pennsylvania as I'm also super intrigued by Amish culture and would love to see that in the flesh.
After that,use our last few remaining nights in New York before flying home.
Does this sound very ambitious? Google Maps tells me that if I wanted to do that stint all in one go that it would take 2 days and 10 hours, so I figure if I double that considering we will be stopping quite a bit in between towns that it should be a rough idea of our travel time... Does anyone have any tips for my more vague areas? Ie: what might be cool to drive through between areas of most interest? We're really keen to do a lot of 'off the beaten track' style traveling, but we also don't want to be irritating and nieve tourists driving around like a couple of pretentious twits. Would be great to have some feedback, thanks so much in advance! xx