i'd really appreciate some advice for the cross-country road trip i'll be doing over the labor day weekend.
i'm helping out my dad by driving his car from Los Angeles CA to Atlanta GA instead of having him ship it. i'm going to be bringing a friend of mine on the trip too so that we can share the driving and enjoy the country. neither of us have done a trip this massive before, but we're both very eager and excited about it.
i'd like to know a couple of things:
1. what are the best places to see on the way? we're planning to see LA (and some other places in southern CA), then head to the Grand Canyon, Hopi/Navajo Indian reservation nearby, albuquerque/santa fe, dallas, and then pretty much roll home to Atlanta but maybe stopping by shreveport, LA, jackson, MS, and birmingham, AL. these are the popular or obvious stops; what are some interesting small towns or spots to visit along the way?
2. we've got time constraints of about 5-6 days because my friend has to get back for work and school. we're considering whether he should get a $100 flight from dallas to atlanta so that we can enjoy the West a little longer. i think we might be able to make the full trip by car and still enjoy our journey, but since i have no experience of this journey i don't know. we've got a plan though to drive into the night, especially since we have different sleeping schedules (i go to bed late and he goes early). is it feasible to drive the full distance AND enjoy it? ... we're also trying to minimize costs on the trip.
Any other advice? i want to hear everything. Thanks!