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Old 03-07-2011, 12:25 PM
 
Location: London, England
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Basically me and a few others are going to go from East to West coast and we were wondering what route we should take.
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:27 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Depends on the time of year. In the summer you could take Interstate 90 (the longest in the country) all the way from Boston to Seattle via Chicago. There’s spectacular mountain scenery in the west and you’re within easy detours to many of the great National Parks.

A southern route would be better during the winter.
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: London, England
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Depends on the time of year. In the summer you could take Interstate 90 (the longest in the country) all the way from Boston to Seattle via Chicago. There’s spectacular mountain scenery in the west and you’re within easy detours to many of the great National Parks.

A southern route would be better during the winter.
We are going in mid summer and hoping to stop in as many states as possible.
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:57 PM
 
Location: New York City
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We are going in mid summer and hoping to stop in as many states as possible.
I wouldn’t want to drive across the southwestern states (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona) in mid-summer. It’s very hot and not fun to get out of the car and explore.

The middle route gets a little monotonous in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. Lots and lots of farmland, although driving through Colorado is beautiful.

The northern route offers the best mix of cities and scenery. You could also cross into Canada near Buffalo and visit Toronto, continue in Canada through Detroit and onto Chicago.
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC NoVA
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personally i'd start in boston, take i-95 down through nyc, philly, baltimore, and dc and then branch off onto i-66 in northern virginia to i-81 through the appalachians. and then around knoville get on i-40 and you'd go through nashville, memphis, and little rock and over the mississippi river and stay on it and you'll go through albuquerque. you can stop in santa fe near albuquerque which i've heard is an awesome little city, you'll go through arizona not far from the grand canyon maybe a stop in vegas, then you'll go by death valley then you'd be in los angeles. then head up the pacific coast highway to san francisco. it's just one of the many routes you could take. there are other routes with a ton to see with different kinds of scenery. this is just a of the route a friend of mine took.


google mapped the route;
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,1.347198&z=10


cities:
boston, new york, philadelphia, baltimore, dc, nashville, memphis, little rock, oklahoma city, albuquerque, near las vegas, los angeles, san francisco.

scenery:
appalachians, mississippi river, great plains, grand canyon, possibly the hoover dam if you want, death valley area, california coast and big sur.

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Old 03-07-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: The City
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personally i'd start in boston, take i-95 down through nyc, philly, baltimore, and dc and then branch off onto i-66 in northern virginia to i-81 through the appalachians. and then around knoville get on i-40 and you'd go through nashville, memphis, and little rock and over the mississippi river and stay on it and you'll go through albuquerque. you can stop in santa fe near albuquerque which i've heard is an awesome little city, you'll go through arizona not far from the grand canyon maybe a stop in vegas, then you'll go by death valley then you'd be in los angeles. then head up the pacific coast highway to san francisco. it's just one of the many routes you could take. there are other routes with a ton to see with different kinds of scenery. this is just a of the route a friend of mine took.


google mapped the route;
Boston, MA to San Francisco, CA - Google Maps


cities:
boston, new york, philadelphia, baltimore, dc, nashville, memphis, little rock, oklahoma city, albuquerque, near las vegas, los angeles, san francisco.

scenery:
appalachians, mississippi river, great plains, grand canyon, possibly the hoover dam if you want, death valley area, california coast and big sur.

Seems like an awesome route, am jealous actually have never done a cross country road trip.

Also for the OP; how much time do you have to spend that also will factorsignificantly and hlep people prioritize suggestions and routes
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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From Pittsburgh south Rt 70 will take you from Cinncinatti, Louisville across to St Louis, Kansas City, Denver then through the heart of the Rockys (Aspen, Leadville) to St George Utah then south to Las Vegas and then Los Angeles. I think this route covers the most cities.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:04 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I know you had asked about grand Rapids, MI over in the Michigan forum, so you might consider going to Northern route, taking a swing up through Grand Rapids. You can then continue on up to Ludington and take the USS Badger across to Wisconsin to continue across the states. It would be a unique experience and a good way to really see a portion of the Great Lakes. Plus it puts you close to a good route across the rest of the Northern tier states and some awesome scenery.

No matter what route you choose, there will something to see and do.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC NoVA
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you could probably make a list of places or cities you want to see and then try to figure out a route with that. have you ever heard of route 66? it's not the one i said is in northern virginia, it's a famous old route, hear it's a beautiful drive out west. do you want to see some western ghost towns? do you want to see new orleans? vegas? dc? ny? chicago? philly? san francisco? yellowstone national park? the grand canyon? the badlands? mt rushmore? glacier national park? mt rainier? crater lake?
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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If you are not in a hurry and want to see the towns along the way, I'd avoid the interstates. One non-interstate that is practically coast to coast is U.S. 6. Starts at the tip of Cape Cod Mass. and runs to the desert in eastern California. It goes across RI, CT, NY, PA, OH, In, IL, IA, NE, CO, UT, and NV. In many places it parallels interstates, so fairly easy to hop on that when you need to make time. Another good one is US 30, the Lincoln Highway. It runs between NYC and Astoria, OR, on the Pacific coast.
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