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Old 06-10-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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Hello,

I have a question about an upcoming move I am making from Los Angeles, CA to Rochester, NY. I am moving for school and leaving at the end of July.

We are shipping our belongings and driving out there (my wife and I).

I have a tentative route planned but am not really sure. Our timeframe is to leave and take seven nights (driving 5-8 hours a day). If we make our last night in Ohio or so we can drive about 5 hours and get in to Rochester during the day to pick up our keys.

Here is a first-draft map I made.

It is a link to google maps Los Angeles, CA to Rochester, NY - Google Maps

Day 1 - Leave LA
Night 1 - Laughlin, NV (definite - meeting a family member for a night)
Day 2 - Grand Canyon & Meteor Crater
Night 2 - Dinner and sleep in Winslow, AZ
Day 3 - Petrified Forrest & drive to NM

(unsure from this point on really)

Night 3 - Night in Sante Fe, NM
Day 4 - Stop in Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and drive to Denver
Night 4 - Night in Denver, CO
Day 5 - Drive to Omaha
Night 5 - Omaha, NE (or Lincoln?)
Day 6 - Drive to Chicago
Night 6 - Chicago, IL
Day 7 - Drive to Cleveland
Night 7 - Cleveland, OH (or other OH)
Day 8 - Drive to Rochester

This route is 15 - 40 - up to Laughlin and back to 40 - in Williams up the 64/180 to Grand Canyon and back down - 40 to Sante Fe - 25 -76 - 80 - 90 - Rochester.

Any thoughts? I am not sure past the Grand Canyon really - we would prefer to see cool national parks and sites in our short time and I would like to stay a night in Chicago or St. Louis (maybe even St. Louis more).

Any suggestions would be great!

Thanks,

-Andrew
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:17 PM
 
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bump any thoughts?
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Fountain Square, Indianapolis
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From Denver I would take I-70 through KC STL Indy Cbus then Cleveland. More cities but no Chicago. Its a tough call if youve never been to Chicago but if you have its a little less boring of a route, I think.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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Thanks - I actually have been thinking of a route through STL.


Something more like this. Northridge, Los Angeles, CA to Rochester, NY - Google Maps

Day 1 - Los Angeles, CA to Laughlin, NV

Day 2 - Laughlin, NV through some old Route 66 and GCanyon to Winslow, AZ

Day 3 - Winslow, AZ through Petrified Forrest to Santa Fe, NM

Day 4 - Santa Fe, NM through Garden of the Gods to Colorado Springs, CO

Day 5 - Colorado Springs, CO to Topeka, KS

Day 6 - Topeka, KS to St. Louis, MO

Day 7 - St. Louis, MO to Columbus, OH (just a midpoint I randomly picked between St. Louis and Rochester)

Day 8 - Columbus, OH to Rochester, NY

Thanks for the continued advice!
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I've done the drip in 4 days. You will really doing yourself a favor by keeping the driving down to 4-5 hours a day.

The drive through Kansas is boring, boring and even more boring. Stay on i40 at Albuquerque and get on i44 in OK city, which takes you into St. Louis.

I once took i10 to Las Cruces and then onto US Rte 70 through Alamagordo and Roswell, it's a beautiful drive.

Stop in at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Alamogordo. Definitely visit some of the UFO museums in Roswell.

There is a small Mexican restaurant on a side street off the main drag near the visitors bureau. Make sure you stop in and get a taste of New Mexican style Mexican Food (its quite a bit different than what they serve in LA)

Pick up i40 again into Amarillo (if you get a chance back track a few miles to Cadillac Ranch - a few miles to the west of Amarillo)
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:54 AM
 
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If I stayed in Winslow, I could budget 3 nights to get to St. Louis. As of now I was actually thinking of Santa Fe, Colorado Springs, and Topeka.

If I stuck with the 40 and passed into Albuquerque - where would 3 good nights be to break up the trip to St. Louis?

Something like Albuquerque, Amarillo, and OK City?
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