I'm looking for a high-level navigation design pattern that will also show the current navigational state. (Ex: Dashboard, invoices, settings, etc...) I am currently planning on using an accordion menu and breadcrumbs, but this seems really clunky. Anyone know of a good way to combine these? Other suggestions?
Perhaps an interactive breadcrumb? Lonely Planet does a good job of making the breadcrumb more useful by combining it with menu options.