Traveling from NC to Rancho Cucamonga CA

Old Mar 9th, 2011, 06:04 AM
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Traveling from NC to Rancho Cucamonga CA

I am moving from NC to CA.We will be driving . Is there an web site that you can put in your trip plans and it will show you what attractions , etc are along your route?


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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 06:09 AM
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I've done many cross country drives. What route are you taking? What are your interests? I might be able to help you.
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 08:28 AM
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Here's a few places to stop and rest on I 40 going through TN. Here's a neat place 30 miles E of Knoxville with good seafood for lunch. If you don't eat you can rest and get a cold drink. Get off I 40 at Exit 417 and go S on Hwy. 92 a couple of miles to Dandridge, TN. This runs into Meeting St. Go 5/6 blocks to Dandridge Seafood Restaurant.
Dandridge Seafood Restaurant @ 310 East Meeting St., Dandridge, TN 865 - 397 - 2315.
I would rather go to Smoky's Steak and BBQ which is one street over on E. Main and before the Dandridge Seafood Restaurant. They have good burgers, salads, etc. Smoky's is a very nice restaurant in an attractive location with outdoor dining on the front porch. Check this link for their menu.
Smoky's Steak and BBQ @ 149 East Main St., Dandridge, TN 865 - 397 - 2272.
Litton's is a good family restaurant in Knoxville, TN but it's not convenient to I 40. If you took the I 640 by pass around Knoxville, TN on the N side it's pretty convenient. Get off I 640 at Exit 6 and go N on N Broadway SE to Litton's for good country family food.
Litton's Market and Restaurant @ 2803 Essary Dr., Knoxville, TN 865 - 688 - 0429.
Get off I 75 at Exit 373 on the S side and hit the first street left on Parkside and go about a mile to Smokey Mountrain Brewery for pizza, burgers and steaks. Get back on I 75 and head N on I 75/I 40 past Knoxville.
Smokey Mountain Brewery @ 11308 Parkside Dr., Knoxville, TN 865 - 288 - 5500.
The folks that own Smokey Mountain own Copper Cellar just N of SM at Exit 380 S of I 75 on Parkside also convenient to plenty of shopping and just a minute off I 75. Both places are similar.
Copper Cellar Restaurant @ 7316 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 865 - 673 - 3422.
Get off I 40 at Exit 287 in Cookeville, TN and go N on S Jefferson to Maddux Station at E Spring Street for good road food. Go to Brass Lantern in Crossville for good road food. Dickey's has good BBQ and Halcyon is a fun dining choice.
Brass Lantern Restaurant and Lounge @ 79 Chestnut Hill Rd., Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 7657.
Dickey's BBQ Pit @ 965 Northside Dr., Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 4900.
Halcyon Days Restaurant @ 2444 Genesis Rd., Crossville, TN 931 - 456 - 3663.
Get off I 40 at Exit 258 at Gordonsville, TN and go N on Gordonsville Highway to Timberloft for good BBQ and road food for lunch or dinner.
Timberloft Restaurant @ 470 Gordonsville Highway, Gordonsville, TN 615 - 683 - 5070.
Get off I 40 at Exit 238 in Lebanon, TN and go N on S Cumberland to Sunset Restaurant for good country food.
Sunset Restaurant @ 640 South Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 615 - 444 - 9530.
Get off I 40 at Exit
Arnold's Country Kitchen @ 605 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 615 - 256 - 4455.

Good country food is at Exit 204 on I 40. Get off and go right on Robertson Ave. then take your first left on Charlotte Ave. go past the shopping center on your left and take a left on 53rd Ave. N and Wendell Smith's is on your left open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving good soul and country food. There's a Best Western, Days Inn, Comfort and Baymont back at Robertson where you get back on I 40 if you want to stay there. If you stay in this area you can go back to Wendell Smith's for breakfast.
Wendell Smith's @ 407 53rd Ave. North, Nashville, TN 615 - 383 - 7114.
Get off I 40 at Exit # 80A at Jackson, TN and get off to the right on Hwy. 186/45 then turn into Casey Jones Old Country Store on the right. This is a large complex with Casey Jone's Home and Museum and some shops. The Old Country Store serves a buffet of outstanding country food for breakfast, lunch or dinner and opens at 6:30 AM.
Old Country Store @ 56 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN 731 - 668 - 1223.
Memphis BBQ is the best in the U. S. but there are very few joints close to I 40 that are convenient for long distance travelers that are usually in a big hurry and like to stop at places close to the IS. Cozy Corner is not too much trouble though.
If you want to stop in Memphis, TN for BBQ I suggest you go to Cozy Corner BBQ due to it's location close to I 40. Right before you cross the Mississippi River get off I 40 at Exit 1B and go N on N Danny Thomas Blvd. Go about 2 blocks and you will pass St. Jude Children's Hospital then take a right on N. Parkway. Go 2 blocks to Cozy Corner for outstanding BBQ.
Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
The best BBQ in Memphis, TN can be found at A & R. BBQ Shop, Central, Rendezvous, Cozy Corner, Interstate, Neely's, One and Only and Payne's.
A & R Bar B Que @ 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN. 901 - 774 - 7444.
BBQ Shop @ 1782 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1277.
Central BBQ @ 2249 Central Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 9377.
Charlie Vergo's Rendezvous @ 52 S. Second St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 523 - 2746.
Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
Interstate BBQ @ 2265 S. Third St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 775 - 2304.
Neely's BBQ @ 670 Jefferson St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 521 - 9798.
One and Only BBQ @ 1779 Kirby Pkwy., Memphis, TN 901 - 751 - 3615.
Paynes BBQ @ 1762 Lamar Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1523.
The BBQ Shop and One and Only are my favorites but Payne's is famous for their pulled pork sandwich.
Incidentally Interstate BBQ in Southaven, MS just reopened after a huge renovation.
Interstate BBQ @ 150 Stateline Road W, Southaven, MS. 662 - 393 - 5699.
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 08:30 AM
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Here's a few places to stop and rest in AR, OK, TX, NM and AZ. For outstanding BBQ stop at Roadside BBQ @ Exit 271 off I 40 In W Memphis, AR.
Roadside BBQ @ 196 Arkansas 147, West Memphis, AR 870 - 733 - 9208.
The Ole Sawmill Cafe at Exit 241 in Forrest City, AR off I40 is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner and serves outstanding country food. Get off on the S side of I40 on N Washington and go about 2 blocks to Ole Sawmill Cafe on your right. Go to Craig's in De Vall's Bluff, AR. Go to Nick's BBQ in Carlisle, AR. Go to Pruett's in Lonoke, AR.
The Ole Sawmill Cafe @ 2299 N. Washington St., Forrest City, AR 870 - 630 - 2299.
Craig's BBQ @ Rt. 70, Devalls Bluff, AR. 501 - 998 - 2616.
Nick's Bar B Que @ Hwy. 13 N., Carlisle, AR. 870 - 552 - 3887.
Pruett's Bar B Que @ 108 E. 8th St., Lonoke, AR. 501 - 676 - 2622.
Here are a few places with good road food in Conway, AR near I 40.
Mike's Place @ 808 Front Street, Conway, AR 501 - 269 - 6453.
Shorty Small's @ 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway, AR 501 - 764 - 0604.
Smitty's BBQ @ 740 South Harkrider St., Conway, AR. 501 - 327 - 8304.
Stoby's Restaurant @ 805 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 501 - 327 - 5447.
E of Atkins is a good place for lunch or dinner at Morrilton Drive Inn in Morrilton, AR. Beverly's Diner in Atkins, AR is a nice place to stop for good road food. When you get to Russellville, AR you could stop at CJ's, Colton's, Old Post or Pudgy's for good road food. Headed East on I 40 you could stop in Ozark, AR for good BBQ @ Rivertowne.
Morrilton Drive In Restaurant @ 1601 Oak St., Morrilton, AR 501 - 354 - 8343.
Beverly's Family Diner @ 502 North Church St., Atkins, AR 479 - 641 - 0046.
C J's Butcher Boy Burgers @ 2803 North Arkansas Ave., Russellville, AR 479 - 968 - 2300.
Colton's Steakhouse & Grill @ 2320 North Arkansas Ave., Russellville, AR 479 - 880 - 2333.
Old Post BBQ @ 407 S. AR Ave., Russellville, AR. 479 - 968 - 2421.
Pudgy Pig BBQ @ 2405 E. Parkway Dr., Russellville, AR. 479 - 967 - 6062.
Rivertowne BBQ @ 205 S. 3rd St., Ozark, AR. 479 - 667 - 1808.
Get off I 40 at Exit 325 at Ft. Smith, AR and go E on Robert Pine Blvd. which turns into Garrison Ave. when you cross the river. Go to Rolando's Restaurante for outstanding Mexican cuisine for lunch or dinner. If you prefer BBQ go to Neumeier's Rib Room just down the street.
Rolando's Restaurante @ 223 Garrison Ave., Fort Smith, AR 479 - 573 - 0404.
Neumeier's Rib Room @ 817 Garrison Ave., Fort Smith, AR 479 - 494 - 7427.
In Oklahoma City, OK take Exit 139 off I 40 N to Kilpatrick Turnpike. Go 5 miles and take Highway 66 E. Go 6 miles to Ann's Chicken Fry House for outstanding road food for lunch or dinner. When you get your fill of good fried chicken go E less than a mile to I 44 and go S to I 40 about 3/4 miles to I 40. Get over in your left lane going S and take the I 40 E ramp to I 40 E. For outstanding BBQ get off I 40 at Exit 150 A and go N on S Walker Ave. Take your second left on Reno and go E to Oklahoma. Take a right on Oklahoma and go to S E 2nd. Take a right and go to Johnny Bench Drive to Earl's BBQ. You can see Earl's from I 40 but it sure is difficult to reach. The BBQ makes it worth the effort.
You may want good ole country food for breakfast or lunch or a fine steak for dinner. Cattlemen's Steakhouse located in the Oklahoma Stockyards offers outstanding road food and it's the most convenient location off I 40 in Oklahoma City, OK. Get off I 40 at Exit 148 A and go S on S Agnew Ave. to Cattlemen's Steakhouse. I would have a hard time trying to choose between fried chicken, BBQ or Cattlemen's country food.
Ann's Chicken Fry House @ 4106 Northwest 39th St., Oklahoma City, OK 405 - 943 - 8915.
Earl's Rib Palace @ 216 Johnny Bench Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 405 - 272 - 9898.
Cattlemen's Steakhouse @ 1309 South Agnew Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 405 - 236 - 0416.
Get off I 40 in Amarillo, TX at Exit 68 B to Georgia St. Turn N and go to Frontage Road. Take a left then take your first right on S Kentucky to Dyer's BBQ for outstanding road food for lunch or dinner.
Dyer's BBQ @ 1619 South Kentucky St., Amarillo, TX 806 - 358 - 7104.
Get off I 40 at Exit 332 in Tucumcari, NY and go N on S 1st St. to Tucumcari Blvd. Take a right and go to Kix on 66 for good road food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Kix on 66 @ 1102 East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari, NM 575 - 461 - 1966.
Get off I 40 in Albuquerque, NM at Exit 159 B to I 25 S and go to Exit 224 B on I 25 S. Exit and go back E on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Go 5 blocks and take a right on Maple. Go 3 blocks to Central and turn right to go to 66 Diner for outstanding road food for lunch or dinner. For outstanding Southwest cuisine for breakfast go 7/8 blocks E on Central from Maple to Frontier Restaurant.
If you want good road food in Albuquerque and don't have time to get too far off I 40 get off at Exit 160 and go N on Carlisle Blvd. NE to Rudy's Country Store and BBQ.
66 Diner @ 1405 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 247 - 1421.
Frontier Restaurant @ 2400 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 266 - 0550.
Rudy's Country Store and BBQ @ 2321 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 884 - 4000.
If you like historic buildings get off I 40 at Exit 22 in Gallup, NM and go S on Ford Drive just across the RR tracks to The El Rancho Hotel on Historic Route 66 which has been home to John Wayne and many movie stars filming in the NM area. It was built in 1937. Have lunch or cold drinks at The Restaurant and Bar at the El Rancho Hotel. If you prefer breakfast, lunch or dinner at a real joint go past the El Rancho Hotel and go S on Highway 118 or Historic Route 66 to S 4th Street then take a left and go to Jerry's Cafe at 406 W Coal Street. If Jerry's looks too rough go S on Route 66 past S 7th Street to Don Diego's Restaurant and Lounge for outstanding Mexican cuisine.
I believe lunch at El Rancho Hotel would be wonderful as you could enjoy the historic building and get good food and cold drinks at the same time.
El Rancho Hotel Restaurant and Bar @ 1000 E. US 66, Gallup, NM 800 - 543 - 6351.
Jerry's Cafe @ 406 West Coal Avenue, Gallup, NM 505 - 722 - 6775.
Don Diego's Restaurant and Lounge @ 801 W Historic Highway 66, Gallup, NM 505 - 722 - 5517
You may want to stop and rest when you reach Holbrook, AZ. Get off I 40 at Exit 286 and go S on Navajo Blvd. to W Hopi Drive and outstanding homemade Mexican/American cuisine for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Joe and Aggie's Cafe.
Joe and Aggie's Cafe @ 120 West Hopi Drive, Holbrook, AZ 928 - 524 - 6540.
Winslow, AZ is an interesting town on Route 66. Get off I 40 at Exit 255 and go S to E 3rd Street. Take a right and go W to N Kinsley Avenue then take a left to e 2nd Street and have a cold drink or lunch at the gorgeous Turquoise Room Restaurant at La Posada Hotel. You will love the national historic landmark hotel which was built in 1929 for Santa Fe Railroad.
Turquoise Room at The La Posada Hotel @ 303 East 2nd St., Winslow, AZ 928 - 289 - 2888.
When you reach Flagstaff, AZ you may want to take a short break and see the N Arizona U Campus. Take a right at Exit 195 off I 40 and go N on S Milton Road to Buster's Restaurant and Bar for a nice lunch and cold drinks.
Buster's Restaurant and Bar @ 1800 South Milton Road, Flagstaff, AZ 928 - 774 - 5155.
Williams, AZ is on the Southwest Amtrak route and historic Route 66. Williams, AZ is also near the S Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and serves as a major tourist stop for visitors to GCNP. The altitude here is about 6,800 feet which contributes to the beautiful scenery around Williams, AZ making it a nice place to visit and enjoy. Get off I 40 at Exit 163 and go S on N Grand Canyon Blvd. to Pine Country Restaurant on N Grand Canyon for breakfast, lunch or dinner or go by Twister's Soda Fountain on E Route 66 for good burgers and steaks or a cold drink. Stop by Old Smokey's on W Route 66 for breakfast or lunch.
Pine Country Restaurant @ 107 North Grand Canyon Boulevard, Williams, AZ 928 - 635 - 9718.
Twister's Soda Fountain @ 417 E Route 66, Williams, AZ 928 - 635 - 0266.
Old Smokey's Restaurant @ 624 W Route 66, Williams, AZ 928 - 635 - 1915.
Seligman, AZ is a very small town on Route 66 that is a nice place to stop for a rest. Go by Delgadillo's Snow Cap for good burgers and cold drinks. The Roadkill Cafe is fun and Westside Lillo's Cafe is a nice place for breakfast, lunch or dinner on their outdoor patio if the weather permits.
Delgadillo's Snow Cap @ 301 E Chino Ave., Seligman, AZ 928 - 422 - 3291.
The Road Kill Cafe @ 502 W Hwy 66, Seligman, AZ 928 - 422 - 3554.
Westside Lilo's Cafe @ 415 West Chino Street, Seligman, AZ 928 - 422 - 5456.
Kingman, AZ has some nice places for good road food. Get off at Exit 48 off I 40 and go W on Route 66 which is W Beale Street to Redneck Southern Pit BBQ. If you don't like BBQ then stop at Mr. D'z Route 66 Diner on E Andy Devine Avenue for good road food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Head W on Beale Street which will take you to Highway 93 and LV, NV.
Redneck Southern Pit BBQ @ 420 W Beale St., Kingman, AZ 928 - 757 - 8227.
Mr. D'z Route 66 Diner @ 105 East Andy Devine Avenue, Kingman, AZ 928 - 718 - 0066.
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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 03:01 PM
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Thanks for the great ideas.

We will be traveling from Hickory NC to Marshfield MO. Then we will go thru Tulsa and then Amarillo.Then on thru Albuqerque and Flagstaff.

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Old Mar 9th, 2011, 07:15 PM
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Old Town Albuquerque has a few attractions worth visiting including, zoo, aquarium and a botanical garden.
If you wanted to make a long detour, you could get off I-40 in Kingman and take US 93 north and go over the new bridge over Hoover Dam. See the dam and then head on into Las Vegas.
It's an easy day drive from Vegas to RC.
Pay attention to the photos on the real estate site you use. The places with tile roofs and green grass stand a better chance in the event of wildfire. The Santa Anna winds can have an RH of 3-10%.
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 04:24 AM
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Thanks.So much to do and not much time to do it

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