A friend and I want to drive from Minneapolis to New Orleans this summer. We want to get there and back in seven days, with at least two full days in New Orleans.
We are considering two route options:
1/ Straightest -- Minneapolis through Iowa, St. Louis, Memphis, Jackson and New Orleans. About 1,296 miles.
2/ Detour -- Minneapolis through Wisconsin, Illinois, Nashville, Decatur, Montgomery, Mobile and New Orleans. About 1,610 miles.
Are these routes doable in a week with some room to stop, see the sites and relax a little? Is Route #2 that much more demanding than Route #1? Route #2 would send us through to a friend, hence the detour.
Any other thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!