A little background...
Never done a serious road trip before. I'm from the East Coast and have been in San Francisco, CA the past 6 months. In that time I haven't had a chance to see nearly as much as I would like out here. I'll be returning to NC permanently (at least I plan to) in a few months and really really want to make the most of my remaining time. I have from 15 Dec to 22 Dec to travel. Not as long as I would like.
My itinerary is completely open. It will be me and my 90lb lab. I am planning to have a bed to rest my head every night, but I'm not going to travel extravagantly either. I'm not completely opposed to hostels, but I am 27 and not looking to be woken at 3am by a drunk Aussie.
Suggestions, from places I must see, to hole in the wall restaurants in po-dunk towns, are welcomed. Bonus points if it's a great place for my pooch.
I know I could have dug through a number of threads and found some great ideas, but I wanted to give you adventurers an opportunity to share :)
I'm pretty excited!