Looking to do my first 'real' road trip this coming spring, but just starting to do the planning.
So far, here's what I have...
Drive the first day (6 am departure) to New Orleans and since we'll arrive a little after lunch, get some yummy cajun food and beignets, walk around the city for a few hours, and go to bed that night at a little hostel. We're not big drinkers so Bourbon Street isn't a huge attraction.
The second day, we would head off toward Dallas because I have a relative that we can stay with for the night there. Here's where my first question lies: what is the best route to take for this - up to Shreeveport and west to Dallas or West through Lake Charles and up to Dallas. What's great to see along the way and can we make it (without feeling rushed) to Dallas that night?
Interests range from tourist traps to amazing feats of nature, so any and all suggestions are welcome. Two or three physically fit people (one girl, two guys) will be going on the trip.
Main goal of the trip right now is making it to the Grand Canyon and hike in and out of that. It's a 15 hour drive from Dallas to the Grand Canyon - is there something that would break this part of the trip up or is it best to just drive it? Maybe a stop over in White Sands? Would add 5 hours to the trip, but may be worth stopping at?