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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, 03:14 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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If you were to do a cross country roadtrip on one of the primary east-west interstate highways, which one would you choose?

I-10: Jacksonville, FL - Santa Monica, CA (LA)
I-40: Wilmington, NC - Barstow, CA
I-70: Baltimore, MD - Cove Fort, UT (linking with I-15 south to Las Vegas and Southern California)
I-80: Fort Lee, NJ (NYC) - San Francisco, CA
I-90: Boston, MA - Seattle, WA

What criteria would determine your decision? topography, cities, regional/cultural aspects, states, infrastructure, rural areas ...etc.

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Old 11-13-2011, 06:21 AM
 
Location: The City
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I would probably take 76 to 81 to 70 west out of convieniance
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:57 AM
 
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It depends on the time of year. I would avoid I-70, I-80 and I-90 during the winter months while I-40 has very heavy traffic as well as some winter weather issues. I would opt most for I-90 for scenery/less traffic in non-winter months and if in winter use I-10. For leisure travel purposes I'd say I-70.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I-10 is right there so..
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:11 AM
 
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I've driven a combination of I-20/10 and I-40.

If I were to do another cross country trip for S's & G's I would probably go I-80 or I-90 just because I haven't traveled them before.

I like the starkness of I-10 through west Tx, NM, Az, and Ca. Parts of I-40 go through Road Runner country in Arizona. After hours of driving I literally felt like I was in a cartoon somewhere around Winslow, Az. I made the mistake of driving through most of northern NM at night.

In my opinion, all of them get a little boring east of the great plains. There are more cities but the landscape is less dramatic.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:19 PM
 
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It would depend on several factors. First being where do I need to start from and where do I want to end up? Also the time of year is critical as wintertime driving isn’t always good on the northern most interstates.

Now if it’s “pleasure” driving that you’re asking about, I wouldn’t even use the interstate highways. I’d try to enjoy the smaller less traveled roads of the country to get the “feel” of the different areas of our nation’s cities and towns.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:49 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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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?
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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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?
I find I-10 east of San Antonio to be rather boring except for a few places (Houston, New Orleans), especially in the deep South. I-40 is a much better route for scenery in my opinion, especially in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. By taking I-10 you miss out on the Appalachian mountains. You could take I-95 down to Richmond, hit I-85 and hit I-40 in North Carolina, giving you a tour of the Bos-Wash corridor on I-95 and then the scenic beauty of I-40.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:57 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I find I-10 east of San Antonio to be rather boring except for a few places (Houston, New Orleans), especially in the deep South. I-40 is a much better route for scenery in my opinion, especially in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.
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)?

So you think Mobile, Biloxi, Southern Louisiana are all boring? New Orleans and Houston the only worthwhile stops? Really?
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Bayou City
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I-10 is right there so..
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.
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