I'm brand new here, but I'm hoping I can get some help with a project. About ten years ago I got in the car and drove away for about a month and the experience changed my life.
A very dear friend of mine is about to turn 21 and is in a place where she could benefit greatly from getting out there into the great unknown and walking around in her soul a bit and as a birthday present I want to put together a road trip for her. I won't pretend I'm not more or less basing this plan on the movie "Elizabethtown" if you've seen it. :)
I'm putting together about 25 CDs or so for the trip, so that part is taken care of, but I don't really know much about cool places to stop and have profound moments without going pretty far out west.
The idea so far is to start in the metro Atlanta area, head to Chattanooga, visit the aquarium and then more or less head north, maybe even through the actual Elizabethtown. Then Memphis, Oklahoma City, maybe as far out as the Grand Canyon as the end point. Then back through a different route that winds through Fla where there's family and friends and then back to Atl. I'm thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of two weeks to a month. Finances will be such that gas and good deals on economy hotels won't be a problem. More than a very few high ticket attractions would be though...
Anyway, I want to pack it with as many small, meaningful destinations as possible along the way, with as much detail in the mapping as I can get. I want to put pictures and images in the scrapbook style map, etc. This trip is about a journey through the soul as much as it is about the places to go so monuments, battlefields maybe, the national civil rights museum, stuff like that would be good.
If anyone has any tips on places to go, pictures to use, things to think about, safety or otherwise, I would really, really appreciate it! One of my biggest concerns is safety. I was fine on my trip, but she is a very small figured, beautiful woman who will undoubtedly be less safe on a road trip alone. Any tips on places to avoid, or how to avoid trouble in general would be great.
I will also be doing my own research on the internet and through friends, etc. but I only have until the beginning of June to put this entire thing together and so any help you can give would really add to this experience I'm creating...
Thanks very much to anyone who replies!