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Old 06-27-2014, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Hi everyone, I have such a long move ahead of me this summer, it is a little overwhelming.

Do any of you have any suggestions for the best tool to plan this trip? This application would ideally include places of interest, lodging, etc.

I also have another question that some of you may be able to answer. There are two routes to Southern California from South Carolina.

The first, takes I-40 through Little Rock, OKC, Albuquerque, and Flagstaff. The second, takes I-20 and I-10 through Dallas, El Paso, Tucson, and Phoenix. Both take about the same time.

I would prefer not to avoid that excruciating drive from OKC to Albuquerque, but I also would like to avoid the bigger cities on the southern route. Does anyone have any advice?

Thanks so much, everyone.
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:58 PM
 
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What are your interests? What do you want to see? How long do you have to make the trip? is it one way or with a return?
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Old 06-27-2014, 03:45 PM
 
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In summer I wouldn't go any farther south than absolutely necessary. I10 to San Diego is REALLY hot and empty. And that's in the winter. I40 is somewhat varied.
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Old 06-27-2014, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I've been playing around with Rand McNally Road Explorer lately as well as AAA TripTiks (which is now free to everyone, not just members.)
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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In summer I wouldn't go any farther south than absolutely necessary. I10 to San Diego is REALLY hot and empty. And that's in the winter. I40 is somewhat varied.
We drove I-10 last July, no problems. The A/C in the car kept up fine, even when it was 117 out.
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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^^^ as annerk asked, what is your time frame and your interests?
With some parameters, you will get a plethora of opins and ideas...
Canned road/route/TTD planners are just that, imo.
GL, mD
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Hey, everyone. Thanks for the responses.

I will be going with my wife (unfortunately, in two separate cars), so we will probably be in a hotel or camping for 3 nights. I would say that we really just like authentic places and experiences, so maybe some interesting bed and breakfasts? I am really not sure how much exploring we will do, because we would like to make good timing, so I really don't need specific suggestions. Has anyone else made that trip?
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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Unless you are going to be pulling a camper with A/C (which is not suggested across the desert in the summer) I would not plan on camping.

With only three nights, you aren't going to have time to stop and see things. We drove cross country last summer, it took three nights from Orlando to Anaheim--which is about the same distance as Columbia to Redlands. We were pretty much driving or sleeping the entire time. We had an evening in Phoenix and an evening in Las Vegas, but otherwise we were either driving or sleeping.

Because you will both be driving the entire time, I would plan on not having much time to stop and see anything--we were in one car and able to rest/nap while the other drove, so we could drive 16-18 hours a day safely.
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Old 06-29-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hi everyone, I have such a long move ahead of me this summer, it is a little overwhelming.

Do any of you have any suggestions for the best tool to plan this trip? This application would ideally include places of interest, lodging, etc.

I also have another question that some of you may be able to answer. There are two routes to Southern California from South Carolina.

The first, takes I-40 through Little Rock, OKC, Albuquerque, and Flagstaff. The second, takes I-20 and I-10 through Dallas, El Paso, Tucson, and Phoenix. Both take about the same time.

I would prefer not to avoid that excruciating drive from OKC to Albuquerque, but I also would like to avoid the bigger cities on the southern route. Does anyone have any advice?

Thanks so much, everyone.
When we moved from Los Angeles to DC and went through So Ca we did the 1-20 and I-10. Except for the boredom, driving through so Texas it wasn't a bad drive at all. The I 40 route is easy but awful!!! The real only big city you go though is Dallas and even then you are though in no time: oh yes, Phoenix as well, but just keep driving and you will be on the freeway the entire time. We have done the I 40 thing many times. We used to live in ABQ and drive to Dallas to visit kids or drive to Laughlin or Vegas for adult fun. Then prior to moving here we visited several times, plus our granddaughter lived in OKC. The drive is just plain ugly almost the entire way.
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Old 06-29-2014, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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In summer I wouldn't go any farther south than absolutely necessary. I10 to San Diego is REALLY hot and empty. And that's in the winter. I40 is somewhat varied.
Are you kidding? Going through OKC, and AZ is pretty crappy as well. Seriously, I hear you, but I don't think it really makes much difference. Both ways are hot, hot, hot and not much to see.
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