We will be picking up our hire car in Memphis on June 4 after spending a night at the airport motel (pre booked). We have a motel booked in Washington DC some 8 days later (one night) and we will then commute to New York via train or bus for a final 2 night stay before flying back to Australia (Ballarat). (Will we see more if we use the bus or a fast train?) We have nothing booked or arranged between Memphis and Washington. Our intention is to simply get in the car and see where it takes us.At this stage we think we will drive through some of Alabama and Georgia then maybe go via Atlanta and perhaps have a look at part of the Appalachian mountains. We are interested in looking at how people live, the culture etc. and just generally "discovering" all that a "foreign" country has to offer.We prefer to utilize some secondary roads and also have an interest in flora and fauna. (Would particularly like to see a bear or 3 in their natural environment.) We hope to stay in clean motels free of bugs and human hair!
Is a budget of say $80 to $100 a night likely to guarantee us a pleasant motel? Can you recommend a motel chain that would meet our requirements? Where are the bears, skunks, coyotes ,foxes etc most likely to be sighted?
We are happy to drive about two thousand Kilometres all up (not sure what that is in miles!) We are aged 57 and 49 and reasonably fit although my wife is still finding the ankle she broke last year gets tired after an hour of walking. I travelled 4300 ks by road in 12 days with my stepson a few years ago (California,Nevada and Arizona) and found the people very friendly and the sights memorable.I want to share it with my wife this time and at a slightly less frenetic pace.
Answers to the questions above and suggestions as to where you think we should go would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.