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Cross Country Drive From CA to NY. Suggestions?

Old Jun 29th, 2005, 05:49 PM
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Yeah I think we can make the most of the boring stretches.

Thanks for all the suggestions. My head is spinning with all the possible routes. I am thinking of possibly skipping Vegas since it might not be possible to even spend that much time there. If you're going to hang out there, you might as well at least have a whole night.

The top of our places to see is basically Grand Canyon and whatever else we can get in.
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Old Jun 29th, 2005, 10:03 PM
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I think you're right to skip Vegas. You'd want time there to walk around the Strip at night and enjoy all the lights.

Another thought - buy or rent books on CD to listen to during those stretches when there isn't much scenery.

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Old Jun 29th, 2005, 11:31 PM
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From Santa Fe, you can easily get back on I-40 via US84 or NM104.

At Oklahoma City, your choice is I-40 via Memphis, Nashville and then up VA. Or you can take I-44 to St. Louis and then continue on I-70/71/80 to NYC. I-44/70/71/80 is flatter and faster overall, but you may want to see TN via I-40. It's up to you.
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Old Jun 30th, 2005, 06:18 AM
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If you're on I-40, you can see the Cadillac ranch to the west of Amarillo. I've heard Dean's in Tucumcari is a fantastic place to eat. Also, you can stop by Winslow, AZ and stand on the corner, if you're an Eagles fan. There is a statue, if you wanted a photo op.
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Old Jul 6th, 2005, 10:20 AM
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I'm back to looking at routes again. I found a route that basically goes from I-70 to I-80 to I-95 that goes through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Penn.

I also tried route that goes from CA to Arizona, Oklahoma City, Santa Fe to St. Louis. This route was listed as being 10 hours longer than the previous route. Is it really that much longer?

Any suggestions or opinions?
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Old Jul 6th, 2005, 11:02 AM
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From Southern California to the NE, there isn't too much a difference in distance whether you do I-15/70/80 or I-40. Maybe 100-200 miles at most. Neither is going to take ten more hours of driving time than the other.

Use any of the web-based map service - Google, Mapquest, whatever, or a good map book to find your distance. For example, if you want to know the route via I-40, then you do Los Angeles to Nashville, and Nashville to NYC. For the I-15/70/80 route, you can try Denver or whatever point enroute.
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Old Jul 6th, 2005, 11:41 AM
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I used the AAA site for driving directions, and it said CA to Nashville to NY was 62 hours and the other route was 52 hours (Colorado to Chicago to NY).
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Old Jul 6th, 2005, 11:54 AM
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Oof, I made a mistake! It's 48 hours for the NM to OK route (if I take St. Louis off). When I mapped it, I didn't put the places in the right order.

So what else can I see on the route going from NM to OK to Nashville?
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Old Jul 6th, 2005, 06:36 PM
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i've done the i 40 route and the i 70 route, and it is a hard choice, rocky mountains vs grand canyon.... nebraska and i prefer 80 in pa to route

if you only have seven days, plan two or three of heavy driving to give yourself time to see things. you don't even have to get out of your car to see the rockies if you take route 70 in colorado.

from LA a route to really consider is route 15 to route 70

doing this you can see zion np and bryce by pushing thru to st george/springdale the first night.

try and spend 1/2 day at one of the parks longer if possible (zion would be good and springdale has many lodging options, more than bryce).

then i would head up to 70 and moab. from there head across on 70 and see the rockies.

from denver i'd take 80 the rest of the way home it follows the platte river in nebraska and that is a really interesting thing to see, the shallowest river ever that remains flowing!

80 is also a FREE road in pa. route 70 is really expensive. something like 20 dollars in tolls across pa. (us easterners and our toll roads!)

you can also take 40 and go to the grand canyon, then side trip up to monument valley (az,utah border) then to mesa verde and work your way over to route 15 north and catch 80 just north of Denver, or

continue on 40 to new mexico and take a side trip to sante fe. but let me warn you , after new mexico 40 is a very long flat road!

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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 08:51 AM
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You should get a copy of National Geographic's Guide to Interstates.

It is organized by Interstate highway number, and by exit number for each highway. It describes interesting parks, stops, views, etc, for the cross-country traveler.
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 09:55 AM
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Depending on where in NY you are ending up, you could stop in Chicago, then drive I-94 to Detroit and go through Canada to Buffalo. That would allow you to include Niagra Falls.
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 10:21 AM
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Just a thought but you never know with people from NYC -- I assume you will be sharing the driving? If not, how does the driver feel about these marathon driving sessions?
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 01:44 PM
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Yep, we will be sharing the driving, although my husband might insist on driving because he hates my driving. At least with my driving, we'd make it faster though He knows he has to drive for that much a day if he chooses for me not to drive. It's fine.

Niagara Falls is out of the question. That's an 8-hour drive away from where I am (NYC). That's too out of the way. I have gone there before though.
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