In August, my girlfriend and I are going on a week-long road trip from our hometown in the Detroit area to Virginia Beach to see the Atlantic. Mapquest says its about a 12 hour drive using interstates, but we want to take scenic routes because it's more about the trip than the destination, even though Virginia Beach seems a beautiful place. We're college students on a budget and this is our first road trip ever.
Are there any suggestions? Notable towns or parks or sites along the way? Thank you very much for your time.