My buddy and I have left on a month long trip to L.A. via the southern states. Right now we're in Atlanta. We're looking to find cool places to visit along the way. Also, we're real tight on money, so any suggestions on how to travel in the US and get by without much cash is great. I know in Europe you can work at hostels along the way but it seems that is unspeakable in these parts.
The new huck
Trains are pretty much non-existant in the South, so you have three options as I see it - get a car and drive yourself, take the bus (greyhound) or hitchhike.
Hitchhiking probably isn't a good idea. In many states it is illegal to hitchhike, and small town sherrifs can sometimes go on power trips with out of towners who break their rules.
As for things to do, if you pass through Texas, be sure to check out Austin. Definately a good Friday or Saturday night party town. San Antonio is worth a visit for a day to see the Alamo.
Well Greg is right about lack of trains but there are a few train lines that cut accross the south. For example there is one that goes from NYC to New Orleans and stops in Atlanta and one that goes from Miami to LA which has a stop in new orleans. If you buy an amtrak pass, it wont be that costly and you can ride as much as you want on trains, if you see my other postings, there are details in some posts.
Cant tell you much about cash situations but definitely wont reccomend hitch hiking.
places.... hmm lets see
Florida has a lot of places you are going there, beaches and all
Apart from that, on the way to LA throug south
New Orleans is always great, in Louisiana, there are lots of small towns and swamps to see. Texas - Austin, San Antonio, South Padre Island (if you are there during the spring break!) , Big Bend National Park, houston (if interested in the NASA center). New Mexico has some nice landscapes and deserts .. Arizona - Grand Canyon . southern california - joshua tree national park