First of all, I just want to say this is a very informative site and thanks to all replies. My brother and myself are planning to take a road trip for about a week and a half from december 12th until around the 20th. We are from northwestern ohio and are wanting to travel south/southwest/southeast. However we both have never taken a trip together and are wanting to get the most out of it. I personally drove from ohio to fort worth in 16 hours straight through last year in january. It was a very tiring drive and mostly at night so I couldn't enjoy anything. We are both comfortable driving long distances. I would like to know some opinions of good turn around points and destinations in between to visit. We are looking for maybe some racing, car shows, maybe a basketball game and a few good bars in between. Don't need high class entertainment just an enjoyable time. We just are unsure if we should head towards florida or arizona at this point. We know we don't want to drive through denver or anything like that in the middle of december and get stranded out there. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.