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Old 07-11-2014, 12:21 PM
 
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i am driving to las vegas with 2 other people to move a car for a friend... we plan on taking 5 days, 3 driving-2 not-driving... on the first day we are driving to chicago - stopping in cleveland for a meal half way - then spending the second day seeing chigago... the third day we will be driving from chicago to rocky mountain national park (staying in either boulder or estes park) - stopping in Omaha for a steak half way - then spending the fourth day seeing the park... the fifth day we will drive from colorado to vegas - stopping in Salt Lake City for a meal half way.

this will be my first time driving cross country like this but I am an experienced driver..

any advice on driving on those roads, seeing those cities, suggested routes, things to know, other places to stop for a short break, what to avoid.

anything would be helpful

thanks
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:19 PM
 
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^^ You just might need more days.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:12 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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If you're going to be staying in Boulder or Estes Park, seems out of your way to go to stop in SLC on the way to Vegas (I assume you'd be taking I-80). Seems easier to just take I-70 all the way down. I can tell you that it's a very, very scenic drive especially going through Zion National Park. Taking I-80 seems more time consuming. I've never gone that route but I'm sure it's scenic as well. The one thing about I-70 is that it cuts right into the mountains, and it definitely goes UP. Some people get anxious about the dramatic increase in elevation, but I sorta thought it was fun.

And I personally would switch out steak in Omaha for barbecue in Kansas City, but I'm a little biased :P

The only other thing I would add is that you are going to be doing a lot of driving.... split between a few people isn't bad, but keep in mind that stretch from Chicago to Colorado is about 16 hours. That's quite a lot of time to spend in a car. I'd also suggest you consider lengthening the trip if you can. Even one day would probably make a big difference.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:45 AM
 
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