My wife and I are seriously considering taking a road trip leaving Manhattan on 12-26 and driving to New Orleans. We plan to just spend 3 nights there and drive back. My wife doesn't drive so I plan to stay overnight in the Atlanta area and continue the shorter leg of the trip, arriving in NO on 12-27. We're heading back on 12-30, overnight in ATL and home on 12-31. I've done the NYC-ATL several times without an overnight stay AND during the Christmas season. However I've never driven in that part of the country, beyond ATL and have no clue what to expect. According to the maps, the second leg of the trip should take about 7 hours. If I add a stop or two for fuel/food, I assume it will be closer to 8 hours.
In my head, this seems like a pretty straightforward trip. This fact scares me. :) Are there ANY gotchas I am not considering?