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Old 11-09-2016, 11:51 PM
 
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Any advice on the best route from New Jersey to Bozeman Montana? Ill be going about Jan 15th. and driving a 20 foot U-Haul, towing a car. Thanks
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Old 11-10-2016, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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Best route for what? Just quick and efficient? Or scenic, passing nice places and towns with some good overnight stay options?
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Old 11-10-2016, 04:17 PM
 
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My biggest concern is the weather?
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Old 11-10-2016, 05:14 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Weather will be the same no matter what reasonably direct route you take. Best to start as soon as possible, and allow a couple extra days, just in case you get held up by weather. Stick to an all-Interstate route.
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Old 11-10-2016, 05:53 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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70, 80, 90 or 94. It really depends on what the weather is like when you are traveling. Generally the more southernly the better but there could be ice storms and ground blizzards or sunny dry conditions. Give yourself a couple extra days of padding, don't drive in conditions you aren't comfortable with, check the tires on the rental very carefully and pack an emergency kit with blankets and food. You're moving to Montana don't be the joke from New Jersey who didn't take the blizzard and black ice seriously.
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Old 11-10-2016, 06:32 PM
 
Location: 2 blocks from bay in L.I, NY
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Default Horrible time to drive

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Any advice on the best route from New Jersey to Bozeman Montana? Ill be going about Jan 15th. and driving a 20 foot U-Haul, towing a car. Thanks
Snow, ice, and extremely cold weather will be a constant but I guess you have no choice but to leave at that time of the year. Your best bet is to take I-80 west as it's flat for the most part. The mountains in NJ and PA are not that bad, no narrow curving mountain roads on that route.

If you're in southern NJ, then go through PA until you connect to I-80 in Central PA around Penn State/Happy Valley area. It's a straight shot pretty much. You'll hit tolls in part of PA unless you take the smaller highways on your route. Will definitely have tolls on I-80 in OH, IN (I think but the last time I was in Indiana I was driving north to south so I can't remember). Will hit Chicago traffic as you get into the Indiana-Greater Chicago area. After Chicago, traffic won't be a problem all the way to Montana. From the route you're going, Illinois won't be much to look at. Iowa is beautifully green with rolling hills in the summer but in January, I'd think not much to look at either.

Nebraska is nothing to look at from I-80 and it will seem to be a long expanse of boring nothingness (although there is some pretty scenery when you get off the interstate and into certain towns), then Wyoming and it gets exciting once you can see the mountains at a distance. Take I-25 North in WY up to Montana or whatever the freeway is that forks off towards Billings, MT. I forgot to ask what part of Montana. You could take the same route, 1-80 west and in Omaha, NE head north up to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and then continue west on I-90. It's 5% more exciting than Nebraska for about 20 minutes then it's not much different from the drudgery on I-80 until you hit Rapid City, SD. Then there will be scenery.

Snow, ice, BLACK ice which is the most treacherous even if you're on foot not to mention in a truck and pulling a car, and very cold weather will probably meet you every inch of the way as all the places you'll being traveling through get EXTREMELY cold in January. Good luck and safe travels!
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