Hi everyone. This is my first post, but far from my first road trip. I once drove 15,000 miles alone around North America, taking a photo every 100 miles. I can tell you about that trip another time.
For now, I'm planning a road trip with my wife in late March (12th-16th) through a part of the US that is unfamiliar to us both. We're visiting a friend in New Orleans and flying back to New York a week later. To get there, we plan on renting a car one-way.
We have about four or five days to get to New Orleans and we would like to visit friends in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina. We prefer avoiding interstates whenever possible, but are probably going to drive straight to the Research Triangle as quickly as possible and take our time from that point onward. We'd rather stay in memorable B&B's than motels, and we are on a fairly tight budget.
Help us plan an unforgettable trip that will furnish great photographs, delicious meals, and a taste of the history (both good and bad) of the American South. Bonus points for recommendations of seasonal events.