We are a retired British couple, and we are starting to think about a road trip around some of the South Eastern States, probably April / May 2019. We drove Route 66 last year, in reverse from Santa Monica to Chicago, and although there is a mass of information online for planning a trip along the Mother Road, and we spent a lot of time doing it, we still learnt a few things en-route. In particular, we should have researched weather more as we had fun out running tornadoes and some pretty violent rain/hail storms, plus some of the best small towns to visit hardly received a mention in the many guides.
Our current thinking is that we will probably fly into, and out of, Atlanta GA, then take in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, although we may just cut through the edges of some States depending on how much time we have. We have no particular preference about going clockwise, or anti-clockwise, around that loop. Other than New Orleans, we intend avoiding big cities, and will only drive along Interstates if there is no realistic alternative, and we plan on spending about a month on the road. Our aim is to travel in a medium size SUV, through smaller and more interesting towns and communities, staying in decent quality motels.
Before we get down to some detailed planning, we have some questions you may be able to help with:
a. Is a trip of that length viable in a month?
b. Are April / May good months to make the trip? We don't mind a bit of bad weather, but not day after day of it!
c. Are there any "must see" places that we should take in?
d. Are there any areas that we must avoid e.g. places where it is not safe to be?
e. Is there anything else you think we need to know about?
Dave & Pauline