Hey everyone this is my first post in this forum and my first attempt at a long roadtrip. I'm going into my last year of school at Tulane University in New Orleans and I finally got myself a car and I really want to explore the country on the limited time I have on my way down to school. I know its a very brief trip and we'd only get a taste of everyplace we'd stop but it's better than nothing. I'll be driving down with my girlfriend and we've been tossing some ideas around and I was hoping I could get some help from some people here...
We were thinking of taking more of a coastal route rather than a more direct route which would take us through Tennessee. Rather I was looking at stopping in Virginia one night, Charleston, South Carolina the next and Atlanta the third night and arriving in New Orleans the fourth night.
I have someone to stay with in Atlanta but as far as Virginia and Charleston I'm pretty clueless. For VA, we were thinking of staying in Virginia Beach but we're both not spring breaker partying kind of people. We're looking for more alternative things to do or something nature oriented, if we went to the beach I'd like it to be something more secluded but not a resort. We don't have much money but we can't camp because we'll have all our school belongings with us. I don't know if VA beach is a good or bad place for us or maybe there would be a smaller beach town that isn't so resort-y as this seems to be.
For Charleston, I've only seen pictures and shows on TV and it looks like a must-go-to place that I haven't been to yet. I was interested in seeing historic Charleston and hopefully finding a nice beach there as well that isn't crowded with lots of tourists.
So in sum:
Is Virginia Beach is worth going to or if there is something along the coast there that might be better? Or where are some less touristy places within that that maybe have something to do with nature?
What are some things to do in Charleston? Where is a nice more secluded beach?
Does anyone have any recommendations for things to do along the route (I bought Roadfood so I'm looking into that) but maybe some things to see or good views?
What is a good place to look for cheap hotels or motels or any recommendations because if though we might like to, camping isn't an option because we wil have all of our bags and belongings with us and are worried about their safety and also securing a goodnight's sleep because the trip will be so fast paced.
I know that I don't really know what I'm talking about much and that I should research more on my own but I've been very pressed for time this summer and I'm looking to leave on August 23rd. I appreciate and all help or suggestions anyone could give and look forward to hearing them.
Thanks so much!