My sister and I go on road trips each year as soon as school lets out (she's a teacher). We road trip as a way to learn and discover places around the USA and we typically search out historical landmarks, museums, national or state parks, oddball roadside attractions, etc.
Each year, we've ventured a little bit further from home in Indiana. This year, we're planning a trip to New Orleans, but we keep finding interesting places to add to the route and now I'm afraid we'll be spending too much time on the road and not enough time at each location.
We have a week for the trip; we can leave on a Friday night and get 9 nights on the road before returning on a Sunday. We're planning something that looks like this:
Fri - to Louisville, KY (about 2.5 hours drive time)
Sat - stops at Mammoth Caves, KY, Cumberland Falls State Park,KY, and then overnight near Knoxville, TN (5 hours)
Sun - to Chattanooga, TN and overnight near Tuscaloosa (4.5 hours)
Mon - to New Orleans (4 hrs)
Tues - to St. Francisville, LA (1.5 hrs)
Wed - Jackson, MS and an overnight stop near Pine Bluff, AR (6 hr)
Thurs - stops in Hot Springs, AR, Poteau, OK, and overnight in Eureka Springs, AR (6.5 hours)
Fri - to Memphis (5 hr)
Sat - stops in Adams, TN and overnight near French Lick, IN (7 hr)
Sun - to home (3 hr)
That's about 45 hours of driving time. I'm concerned about the longer drives where we're going for 6 to 7 hours - that eats up a big chunk of the day and I'm worried that we won't have enough time to properly enjoy the stops. I could potentially remove the stops in Arkansas and Oklahoma, which would bring the total drive time down to 34 hours, though I'm sad to miss those stops because it will be at least 3 years before we head in that direction again (planning east coast for 2016 and likely SE or NW for 2017).
What do you think? Is 45 hours doable or would we be miserable? In previous years, we've done 24 hours in 8 days, 26 hours in 8 days (both of which were awesome and we never felt rushed) and 33 hours in 6.5 days (felt a tad rushed but doable).