I'm trying to plan a road trip for this summer from Atlanta GA, where I live, to NYC. As it's my first road trip in US, I thought getting help is really essential.
I'm interested to get a bit of all these cities/sites:
Charlston SC , Ashville NC, Great Smoky Mountains National Park NC, Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, Philadelphia PA, Washington DC, and NYC
I'm planning to put 10 days for the trip at most, and hope to be able to visit as many as possible form the above list plus other places people think are worth to stop by.
So, I have the following questions:
1 - Any suggestions for a good route (if you can give me a link on Google Maps or similar maps that's gonna be great) and day by day details of the suggested plan?
2 - General suggestions for lodging? Is it better to make reservations first or just look for a place in each stop? and if there's any place I can find good deals for that?
3 - Same for rental cars? Any suggestions for renting a car for the trip? (That's my first time renting a car for a long trip, and I prefer to do this above driving my own car which is not that good, but need help on doing this, too)
And finally any general advice you might have for a first-timer in road trips in US, or anywhere I can do more research if my questions are too general to answer:)