First post. I've got a job waiting for me in Boston and I plan on driving there after I graduate in May.
My original plan was to make for Great Smokey Mountains Nat'l Park (through Dallas, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville), take Hwy 441 through the Park to NC and then travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway in its entirety to Shenandoah Nat'l Park. And then through Washington, DC, Philly, NYC to Boston.
I was planning on hiking a few small trails and camping nights, but since my roommate bailed out on me (he's flying to Asia from Newark but needs to go a little early), I'll be traveling alone (unless I can find a rideshare) and will therefore stick to cheap motels.
If any of you guys have made a similar trip before, how many days should I plan for? Also, what are the best (read cheap) places to stay, must-sees in cities and nature (waterfalls, peaks, short-hikes, etc.), warnings, dangers, etc.?
Thanks, and great forum.