My friends and I are planning a 2 weeks road trip in late December and we need your advice.
We will depart from Nashville, Tennessee on December 20th. And we need to be in St. Louis, Missouri from the 24th to 28th.
Since these two places are only a few hours away by driving, can you suggest any interesting place(s) around there, for us to spend a few days before heading to St. Louis.
We also aim to go to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado before we continue to the Grand Canyon.
On our way back to Nashville, we are still debating on either:
1- Going through Oklahama and Arkansas.
2- Going through Texas and Mississippi.
The first route seems to be shorter than the second one. It depends on how many days we spent to reach Grand Canyon.
Either way, we still need your suggestion for places to go, things to see along the routes.
Note: We are primarily interested in beautiful scenery, forest, and basically nature, away from urban areas.
But we are also open to any other suggestion as long as it doesn't consume too much money.
At some point in our trip, We plan to sleep in hostels. We heard that they are cheaper and suit travellers more than hotels are.
To save some money, we also plan to sleep in our car at truck stops every other night.
What do you think?
Also, it is our first time doing this on our own. We've never drove during the winter. Is there anything that we should take note of? Or perhaps our routes will not be affected as much even though it's winter?
We're really looking forward to this trip. Your advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.