Cross country trip

Old Mar 25th, 2007, 06:52 PM
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Cross country trip

Has anyone traveled between Seattle and New York City at this time of year? If so, how are road conditions and how long would it take? I am moving and will be taking a small trailer behind my car. Thanks
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Old Mar 25th, 2007, 07:04 PM
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According to google maps, it's 2886 miles and will take 1 day, 18 hours (without stopping).

I can't stand to drive more than 500 miles a day, so that would be about 6 days.

The route this time of year should be fine, but I'd modify it a bit and stop by Yellowstone and maybe Denver and definitely Fallingwater in PA - because those are places I'd like to see.

Play around with google maps or www.mapquest.com
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This site will give you road information.

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/index.htm

Overall the wx should not be bad.

A small trailer will slow you a bit so don't get any hurry and enjoy the trip. Make sure your vehicle is mechanically up to that kind of trip and will tow what size trailer you are using safely. Your best bet would be to drive only during daylight hours, stop early and leave at first light.
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The I-90 route is not very steep. In fact, the hardest climb is probably Snoqualmie out of Seattle.

Check the forecast before and during the trip often.

5 days should do it. Drive more the first few days in the west. 700 miles or so each day. Traffic is heavier and speed limit is lower in the east, so plan for about 500 for the last 2.

For example, first night Butte or Bozeman, MT; 2nd night middle of SD like Murdo or Kodaka; 3rd night around Madison, WI; 4th night around Cleveland, OH.
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Another thing to take to mind. The drive around Chicago is always bad news.

You may want to drop south on I-29 (Sioux Falls) to I-80. If you continue on I90 you could also take I35 south from Madison to I80. Its bad enough just taking I80 to the south. You don't want to do the I90 thru the city.
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I'm driving from Philly to Seattle in a couple of weeks, and have done the I-90 route on several occasions.

I try to avoid Chicagoland, instead I take I-70 to Indianapolis then I-74 up to I-80 at the Quad Cities, then I-80 to I-29 and up to I-90 at Sioux Falls, then I-90 all the rest of the way.

You could take I-80 to Cleveland then cut down to I-70 there, thereby avoiding the PA Turnpike (which I hate).

The highest grade IIRC is at Lookout Pass between Missoula and the Idaho line.
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Ray,
Are you looking for the fastest way or ideas of things to stop and see along the way?
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