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Old 08-01-2010, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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We drive round-trip every summer. I've only driven I-80 one time ... and doubt I will ever again. It's the favorite route of most of the OTR drivers, but the expansion joints seem like they are six inches wide and make the trip a major pain.

Indianapolis - St. Louis - KC - Denver (Depending on what part of NY you're in, I'd try to skip driving through PA. Even on those Inter-states it seems like you drive five miles for every four linear miles you progress toward your destination.)

- KK
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Old 08-01-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Oh. The Rest Stops on I-80 ARE much nicer than those on I-70. (NE -vs- KS). That is a "plus" for the route I dislike.

- KK
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:17 PM
 
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Oh. The Rest Stops on I-80 ARE much nicer than those on I-70. (NE -vs- KS). That is a "plus" for the route I dislike.

- KK
The deal with I-80 is once you deal with the never ending traffic mess south of Chicago, the whole route is rather free flowing.

I-70 goes through many more metropolitan areas and is more a pain. St. Louis for instance is a PITA.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The deal with I-80 is once you deal with the never ending traffic mess south of Chicago, the whole route is rather free flowing.

I-70 goes through many more metropolitan areas and is more a pain. St. Louis for instance is a PITA.
I agree. The Chicago part isn't always *too* bad, either. I remember one time hitting the Chicago area on a Saturday evening about dinner time and the only backup was at a tollgate (part of I-80 is toll in Ill). On I-80 you go through the Quad Cities instead of St. Louis (a huge advantage) and Omaha instead of KC.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Get on the GW Bridge and point the nose west. I-80 is a piece of cake all the way to I-76 (or to I-25 if you sleep through that exchange).
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:35 AM
 
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[quote=Katiana;1068436]Different strokes for different folks. We much prefer I-80. I will reiterate some of the reasons: (eastbound) go through Omaha, NE instead of Kansas City KS/MO. Omaha is a smaller city w/less traffic. Cross the Mississippi at Quad Cities IA/IL (Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline) instead of St. Louis. FAR less traffic. We drove through St. Louis once at midnight; it seemed like rush hour. Plus, IMO, there are more services along I-80 than I-70. We also have a way to avoid Chicago. You'll have to try both ways to see which you prefer.

Why would you drive thru St Louis unless you were sightseeing? That's out of the way. I-270 maintains the straight line cross country bypassing St Louis while I-70 dips down thru it. We did the drive from Pittsburgh to Telluride last summer and that's a painless way to go.

SoButCounty
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:40 PM
 
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Why would you drive thru St Louis unless you were sightseeing? That's out of the way. I-270 maintains the straight line cross country bypassing St Louis while I-70 dips down thru it. We did the drive from Pittsburgh to Telluride last summer and that's a painless way to go.

SoButCounty
I meant the St. Louis traffic in general. Yes, we've done it your way, in fact, I believe that's the road we were on that time at midnight. The Quad Cities are a heck of a lot easier to drive through.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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stuiej what is the best route to drive to denver in the winter from new jersey and how many days we are not young and do not want to rush
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:11 PM
 
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One would take I-80 from NYC to Denver.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:51 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Talking A little late ??

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One would take I-80 from NYC to Denver.
Marcelito, you answered a 3 year old post. Hopefully STUIEJ has made the trip by now
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