My girlfriend and I are planning on driving from New Orleans to San Francisco in January 2008. We have approximately 3 and a half weeks of time so would like to see and do as much as possible en route.
We will be passing through Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. In particular we're interested in areas of natural beauty, great places to eat, towns/cities with lively nightlife and good shopping. Basically a bit of everything!
Rather than driving a consistent number of miles per day I envisage driving longer stretches and then spending a couple of nights in places with lots to do. I don't want to tie myself down to too much of a plan as the main motivation is just to explore.
We've got a bit of money to spend and really want to make it a trip to remember, any ideas or suggestions will be very gratefully received.
Ben (from London)