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Old 04-28-2014, 03:48 PM
 
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I'm doing a quick car trip from Chicago to Seattle, estimating 3 driving days. Can anyone who has done the trip suggest logical stopping points for overnight breaks? I'm thinking I-90 all the way. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I'm doing a quick car trip from Chicago to Seattle, estimating 3 driving days. Can anyone who has done the trip suggest logical stopping points for overnight breaks? I'm thinking I-90 all the way. Thanks in advance!
Unless you're planning on making a stop in the Black Hills of South Dakota, it might be just the tiniest bit faster to take I-94 and hook back up with I-90 at Billings. You could do Chicago to Jamestown, ND, to Butte, MT, to Seattle.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:16 AM
 
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Thank you! This is SO helpful!
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:40 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Take the train.
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Old 04-29-2014, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Take the train.
So he can take double the time and pay double the price?


OP, when I make long trips I just drive until I get tired.. hop on hotwire and do a quick serach to where I'm close to and book a last minute hotel at a cheap price.
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If you're doing it in three days (two nights), it doesn't matter. Every decent sized town off the Interstate will have plenty of hotels, they all have vacancies. Check in, order a pizza, go to sleep, get up in the morning, fill a thermos with coffee, and dig in for another 700-mile day.

You're lucky there are now things like GPS, Cellphones, and Holtwire. It used to be an impossible drive, except for the foolhardy.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:26 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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So he can take double the time and pay double the price?.
Actually, no....it could be a cheaper and faster option depending on what he needs and when he goes. No motel bills, no car fuel bill, you don't have to drive and it takes a day less than driving. Last I heard, Seattle had public transportation and car rentals. He's from Chicago and can figure it out.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Actually, no....it could be a cheaper and faster option depending on what he needs and when he goes. No motel bills, no car fuel bill, you don't have to drive and it takes a day less than driving. Last I heard, Seattle had public transportation and car rentals. He's from Chicago and can figure it out.
I've looked at long distance train travel couple of times and the cost has never seemed anywhere close to what you'd pay to drive or fly (flyings usually the cheapest by far). Sure you're saving money on a hotel but unless you can sleep sitting up, you'll need a sleeper unit which will cost a pretty penny and book out way in advance. Unless you have some insider train info that's different from what I've ever found, in which case share.

OP: here is a site that lists many free campsites one each state. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK though because "free" usually comes at a price.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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[humor]I would recommend sleeping at truck stops in Fargo, ND (they have a really nice Flying J there!) and perhaps Kalispell, MT.[/humor]
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:26 PM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Take the Amtrak from chicago ( Empire builder) to Seattle, about $130 one way. Amtrak states it's about 47 hours.
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