Will be staying in Sarasota, Florida, as I have a place to stay and a car to use. My gf and I, mid 20's (okay, she's early 20's and I'm 30....) want to go on a road trip, eating lots of bbq, and basically seeing interesting stuff. We usually don't like things that are really touristy...but we are up for anything. We like flea markets and vintage stores, good food always,interesting grocery stores, nice scenery, etc etc.
I'm trying to compile a list of MUST-VISIT cities and then try to build a route around them. Also interested in smaller towns that are worth visiting as well. I really know nothing about the area...I've heard Memphis, SC, and NC are must visits for BBQ. Texas seems a little far looking at the map but...maybe it can be done. Always wanted to go to new orleans. Atlanta I'm not sure about. Also not just purely interested in BBQ, definitely want to try good regional cuisine wherever I am.
Also, is it fairly comfortable to go camping in any of these areas in January?