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Old 02-03-2007, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I posted in the individual states, but haven't heard much so I hoped the general US board might help.

I am going to drive from the SW (Northern NM) in March, probably crossing Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and into PA. When I get to Missouri I will head towards Columbia to visit some friends and then continue on that northern route (unless bad weather sends me south).

While I've been cross-country before and touched down on all of these states, I am not especially familiar with any of these Mid-west states and would appreciate some recommendations for places I might enjoy seeing and also comfortable, affordable (read not overpriced) hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts.

The last time I crossed the country, it was warm, sunny and I was young and energetic. This time I seem to have some apprehension and sure could use some recommendations about ways to make the trip enjoyable.

Many thanks for any and all ideas!
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Old 02-03-2007, 09:21 PM
 
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I'm still looking at US map --trying to imagine your itinerary. I once traveled by car from Ga to CA--I know we went through Missouri. Toured Mark Twain's home in Hannibal--which is north of Columbia--might be on your route?
Go Here>>>
http://www.infoplease.com/atlas/state/missouri.html

I would recommend Hannibal/the Mighty Mississippi--certain to be some good food--fresh fish and home baked bread pies--being the midwest.

I'll have to give more thought to Indiana--Ohio-Illinois.

You probably know the better roads? Prefer to travel on interstates or use state roads?

How many miles do you estimate from NM to PA? Quite a journey.
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Old 02-03-2007, 09:31 PM
 
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I am one of those people that never has a fixed itinerary!

Last time I made a cross country trip I racked up about 15,000 miles! I zig-zagged from the East Coast to the West and saw about 40 of the 50.

In looking at the google and yahoo maps they are sending me across Kansas--one long state as I recall. And I did do mostly smaller state roads; the interstates are pretty boring.

I reckon the direct route from Taos (NM) to Pittsburgh (PA) is around 1500-1600 miles. It'll probably take me 2000 the way I see it (by detouring to Columbia).

Thanks for making these suggestions. I really appreciate them.

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I'm still looking at US map --trying to imagine your itinerary. I once traveled by car from Ga to CA--I know we went through Missouri. Toured Mark Twain's home in Hannibal--which is north of Columbia--might be on your route?
Go Here>>>
http://www.infoplease.com/atlas/state/missouri.html

I would recommend Hannibal/the Mighty Mississippi--certain to be some good food--fresh fish and home baked bread pies--being the midwest.

I'll have to give more thought to Indiana--Ohio-Illinois.

You probably know the better roads? Prefer to travel on interstates or use state roads?

How many miles do you estimate from NM to PA? Quite a journey.
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Old 02-04-2007, 07:02 AM
 
Location: NOVA - retiring to OKlahoma
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I posted in the individual states, but haven't heard much so I hoped the general US board might help.

I am going to drive from the SW (Northern NM) in March, probably crossing Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and into PA. When I get to Missouri I will head towards Columbia to visit some friends and then continue on that northern route (unless bad weather sends me south).

While I've been cross-country before and touched down on all of these states, I am not especially familiar with any of these Mid-west states and would appreciate some recommendations for places I might enjoy seeing and also comfortable, affordable (read not overpriced) hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts.

The last time I crossed the country, it was warm, sunny and I was young and energetic. This time I seem to have some apprehension and sure could use some recommendations about ways to make the trip enjoyable.

Many thanks for any and all ideas!
If you have the time I would suggest dropping down south to I-40 and head east from there. I mapped a southern route from Taos to Pittsburgh via Columbia, MO on my Streets & Trips software. It gives the mileage as 1757 miles. It would be I-40 east to Oklahoma City to I-44 east through Tulsa to Springfield, MO at which time you'd head north to Columbia and then it would be I-70 east to Pittsburgh. The good thing about this route is I-40 & I-44 follows Old Route 66 where you can get off and see some true Americana schtick! I've included some links to some of the places you could stop and see on the way plus a link for turn by turn directions of the Mother Road:

Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, TX
Route 66 Museum - Clinton, OK
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum - OKC, OK
National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Museum - OKC, OK

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attra...Acadillac.html
http://www.route66.org/index2.html
http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/
http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/
http://www.historic66.com/

Happy motoring!
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Old 02-04-2007, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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rdbeard5, what a terrific suggestion; thanks abundantly for the help and the ideas for where to stop. I love old road 66--I took it on my last cross-country to NM--but not beyond!

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If you have the time I would suggest dropping down south to I-40 and head east from there. I mapped a southern route from Taos to Pittsburgh via Columbia, MO on my Streets & Trips software. It gives the mileage as 1757 miles. It would be I-40 east to Oklahoma City to I-44 east through Tulsa to Springfield, MO at which time you'd head north to Columbia and then it would be I-70 east to Pittsburgh. The good thing about this route is I-40 & I-44 follows Old Route 66 where you can get off and see some true Americana schtick! I've included some links to some of the places you could stop and see on the way plus a link for turn by turn directions of the Mother Road:

Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, TX
Route 66 Museum - Clinton, OK
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum - OKC, OK
National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Museum - OKC, OK

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attra...Acadillac.html
http://www.route66.org/index2.html
http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/
http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/
http://www.historic66.com/

Happy motoring!
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Old 02-04-2007, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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Oh what fun. My husband and I took a major road trip a few years ago and had a blast.

I would recommend staying at choice hotels. Go to their website and sign up for their membership card, which is free. You can qualify for free nights pretty quickly. If you have AAA, you will get a discount too. In our experience, choice hotels are generally clean and cheap. No frills - just a clean cheap room, and they have locations everywhere, which is convenient. Drury Inns are a little more expensive, and a little harder to find, but I have never been to a Drury that wasn't immaculately clean. You get 60 minutes of free calling anywhere in the U.S., and they have a "happy hour" in the afternoon w/ free snacks and a couple of free drinks (limited bar; and there is unlimited soda).

If you haven't been to St. Louis yet, I hope you will visit. We visited last year and fell in love - if the crime weren't so bad I would probably want to live there. I loved seeing the Arch and looking out onto the Mississippi River.

To be honest, I have gone through Illinois - Indiana - Ohio twice and not found anything worth recommending.

Pennsylvania - stop at Pittsburgh! I think it's the neatest town...you have to drive through a mountain to get there! Perhaps you could catch a Pirates baseball game; the stadium is nice and it's fun to walk across the bridge to get there. When we visited, we stayed at the Omni - a little more pricey, but it was so nice, and the bed was incredibly comfortable.

Best of luck.
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Thanks for the helpful hints about hotels. I do have AAA and am an oldie but goodie so I also have AARP. I miss my government ID; it was the least expensive but retirement took that away.

Actually Pittsburgh is my destination so I'll have more than a month there to continue my on-going explorations (my daughter lives there).

Is "choice hotels" the name of the hotel group, or are you just saying choice hotels like Best Western, etc.

Again super thanks.

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Oh what fun. My husband and I took a major road trip a few years ago and had a blast.



I would recommend staying at choice hotels. Go to their website and sign up for their membership card, which is free. You can qualify for free nights pretty quickly. If you have AAA, you will get a discount too. In our experience, choice hotels are generally clean and cheap. No frills - just a clean cheap room, and they have locations everywhere, which is convenient. Drury Inns are a little more expensive, and a little harder to find, but I have never been to a Drury that wasn't immaculately clean. You get 60 minutes of free calling anywhere in the U.S., and they have a "happy hour" in the afternoon w/ free snacks and a couple of free drinks (limited bar; and there is unlimited soda).

If you haven't been to St. Louis yet, I hope you will visit. We visited last year and fell in love - if the crime weren't so bad I would probably want to live there. I loved seeing the Arch and looking out onto the Mississippi River.

To be honest, I have gone through Illinois - Indiana - Ohio twice and not found anything worth recommending.

Pennsylvania - stop at Pittsburgh! I think it's the neatest town...you have to drive through a mountain to get there! Perhaps you could catch a Pirates baseball game; the stadium is nice and it's fun to walk across the bridge to get there. When we visited, we stayed at the Omni - a little more pricey, but it was so nice, and the bed was incredibly comfortable.

Best of luck.
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Old 02-04-2007, 11:40 AM
 
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Just googled Indiana --South/Central--is that on your route?

(Terrible with maps...LOL--thank goodness for Mapquest--I would have it plan my trip..)

Here's --Things to Do--South/Central Indiana>>>
http://tinyurl.com/ys39ta (broken link)

Do you like old buildings or collect things? That's what I would consider 'Worth The Time' to see...


sls
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Old 02-04-2007, 11:45 AM
 
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Smile I hope this is OK?

'Ontheroad'--
This poster wants to go from San Antonio to New York

Here>>
http://www.city-data.com/forum/gener...n-antonio.html

I suggested he/she contact you or look for your thread. Hope that is OK.

Sometimes I post--get no response--and I'm not sure what to do--wouldn't make a post if I didn't need/want additional FYI. Frustrating.

Glad some people had ideas for you.

sls
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Old 02-04-2007, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Thanks for your suggestions, bhs119.
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