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View Poll Results: Which east-west Interstate would you drive across country?
I-10 18 22.22%
I-40 14 17.28%
I-70 12 14.81%
I-80 17 20.99%
I-90 20 24.69%
Voters: 81. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-13-2011, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Denver
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So you think Mobile, Biloxi, Southern Louisiana are all boring? New Orleans and Houston the only worthwhile stops? Really?
I think Lafayette, New Orleans, the MS and AL gulf coast are all worthy stops.

I plan on coming from just south of Seattle to Houston. Can't wait.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Tie between I-90 and I-80 for me, but I gave my vote to I-90.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Actually I was probably going to stop in Raleigh on my way down south (got family there). From there it's the same interstate all the way to Albuquerque. What about I-40 west of Nashville through Memphis and Arkansas? Any good? How will the weather be getting across the Appalachians that time of year (Feb/March)?
I-40 flattens out west of Nashville as you get into the Mississippi delta region. It goes through downtown Memphis and the bridge and skyline view there is pretty cool. Eastern Arkansas is all flat farmland but Western Arkansas has the Ozarks which is a scenic drive.

As far as weather, you could hit snow anywhere that time of year. Keep an eye on the forecast.


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So you think Mobile, Biloxi, Southern Louisiana are all boring? New Orleans and Houston the only worthwhile stops? Really?
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Even so, I'd skip it. The rural stretches of I-10 are perhaps among the most mind-numbingly boring and non-scenic in the nation.
This.

If you want to do the Gulf Coast, I would recommend not taking the Interstate and instead taking US Hwy 98 or 90. I-10 for the most part bypasses everything worth seeing down there.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
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I chose I-90 because it's the only one that I have seen almost nothing of. Only a few miles in the Seattle area and a few hours' worth in Wisconsin and Minnesota and that's it. I'd like to see more of that one.

I've been through almost the entirety of the I-70 / I-15 corridor, and it is amazing. Same deal, but a little less, with the I-40 corridor. Also been through most of I-10 and I-80. I'd like to see something new.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:49 PM
 
Location: The State Of California
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I'll be going 2/3 the way across the country in late February/ early March. I was originally going to take a diagonal and direct route from Mass through PA, OH, IN, IL, stop in St. Louis, down to OKC where I then pick up I-40 to take to Albuquerque. This route is still subject to winter weather and I've never been to the deep south so I'm reconsidering my route and was actually thinking of driving due south and picking up I-10 around Mobile, AL and stopping in Biloxi, MS, New Orleans, Houston, and San Antonio and following I-10 all the way to NM. It adds about 800 more miles to the trip but I figure with improved weather, seeing those places I haven't been yet along the eastern half of I-10, might be worthwhile. Any thoughts?
You can't drive from Massachusette to Albuquerque and totally avoid old man winter - take Interstate 10 then shoot up Interstate 25 if I remember it correctly to the albuquerque/Santa Fe area.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:54 PM
 
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The 40 is the best.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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I guess I-70 could be considered cross-country given it runs all the way from Maryland to Utah, but it is not a truly transcontinental interstate. I'm not really sure I have a preference for any cross-country interstate...they all offer different things. On I-10, you get to experience the Florida coast, the Deep South swamplands, the Texas Plains, and the Desert Southwest. On I-40, you get to experience the Mojave Desert and the mountainous terrain of the southwest and southeast. On I-70 you get to experience the Appalachian mountains, the Midwest farmland in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas, and the Rockies in Colorado and Utah. On I-80 you pass through some of the biggest cities in the country, drive along the Great Lakes, and enjoy a relatively boring drive across Iowa and Nebraska until you hit the rockies in Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada, and drive into beautiful Northern California. On I-90, you traverse some of the biggest cities in the country you traverse the mountains of the Northeast, skirt the Great Lakes, travel through the North Country, hit the Rockies in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and travel through mountainous Washington. I really can't say I have a favorite cross-country interstate. They all offer different things.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I guess I-70 could be considered cross-country given it runs all the way from Maryland to Utah, but it is not a truly transcontinental interstate. I'm not really sure I have a preference for any cross-country interstate...they all offer different things.

On I-10, you get to experience the Florida coast, the Deep South swamplands, the Texas Plains, and the Desert Southwest.

On I-40, you get to experience the Mojave Desert and the mountainous terrain of the southwest and southeast.

On I-70 you get to experience the Appalachian mountains, the Midwest farmland in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas, and the Rockies in Colorado and Utah.

On I-80 you pass through some of the biggest cities in the country, drive along the Great Lakes, and enjoy a relatively boring drive across Iowa and Nebraska until you hit the rockies in Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada, and drive into beautiful Northern California.

On I-90, you traverse some of the biggest cities in the country you traverse the mountains of the Northeast, skirt the Great Lakes, travel through the North Country, hit the Rockies in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and travel through mountainous Washington. I really can't say I have a favorite cross-country interstate. They all offer different things.

I considered I-70 as qualified since it run's from back east and across the continental divide like the others listed. Once it links up with I-15 it go's directly Southwest into Southern California. I've done I-70 before. The ride through Southern Utah, the Rockies and most especially Glenwood Canyon made it a memorable drive. Between Denver and Kansas City was beyond dull, though some of the reactionary right wing billboards were entertaining.

As I stated previously I'm prettty sure I'm going to dip south and then go across. I'm debating whether I should take I-40 from NC all the way to Albuquerque (seeing Asheville, the Appalachians, and Nashville enroute, or add hundred of extra miles and pick up I-10 in Mobile and have the benefit of better weather and seeing New Orleans & the Gulf Coast enroute.

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You can't drive from Massachusetts to Albuquerque and totally avoid old man winter - take Interstate 10 then shoot up Interstate 25 if I remember it correctly to the albuquerque/Santa Fe area.
leaning towards this I think, though some say other than the highlighted stopovers the drive on I-10 is boring.

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Old 11-15-2011, 04:59 PM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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I-70 gets my vote for one reason: the stretch of highway west of Denver, through the Eisenhower Tunnel, Vail Pass then through to Glenwood Canyon. Simply the most amazing stretch of highway on the entire interstate system.
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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I-70 gets my vote for one reason: the stretch of highway west of Denver, through the Eisenhower Tunnel, Vail Pass then through to Glenwood Canyon. Simply the most amazing stretch of highway on the entire interstate system.
I would have to agree there. I drove that stretch and boy does it bring back memories. I also have driven most of the stretch in Utah.
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