We're a couple of Aussie students who have been living in DC since August for grad school and are now looking to tie together a few places still on our 'to-do-list' between now and graduation.
On Sunday we'll fly to Austin, TX arriving at noon.
On Wednesday night (18th), we need to be in Nashville because we have tickets to see the Flaming Lips.
And by Friday night (20th) we have to be back in DC for graduation festivities.
So we have about 5 1/2 days to play with. I realize that's a very short and non-descript itinerary that potentially involves a LOT of driving, which is why I'm seeking advice.
My overly-optimistic friend originally wanted to go Austin/New Orleans and up to Nashville and driving all the way back here to DC, but to me that doesn't sound like a lot of time to actually enjoy the process, especially given the current Mississippi flooding situation.
I hoping for suggestions of experienced Road-trippers or local advice on what might potentially be a fun way to drive and/or fly part of this trip (fly from Nashville back to DC maybe?) taking in some interesting places. Would we be better off, particularly with the flooding for example, to head North straight from Austin and avoid N.O. this time around?
Any help would be much appreciated!
[and yes, I realize this isn't a very practical or well-planned trip, nor the best way to do any of these places justice, but this time is all we've got - so any tips on how to make the most of it would be gratefully received :)]