hey there,

i am getting ready to drive from new york to san francisco via the southern route. heading through new orleans, texas, etc.

i am a guy traveling with a buddy of mine, and we feel safe crashing anywhere - rest stops, camping, etc. we are wanting to figure out other options besides the whole motel 6 thing.

does anyone have any good ideas or places they've stayed along that route? we are open to b&b's, cool hostels, farms where you work a day for room and board, etc. we even heard there's a service where people offer up couches in their homes or something like that.

not necessarily looking for the cheapest option (although i have no problem with cheap!), mostly looking for the most interesting experience while driving cross country.

suggestions?

thanks!