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Old 12-17-2007, 10:35 AM
 
Location: FULCI LIVES!!!(but not in Indiana)
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I put this in the L.A. forum because I know alot of you travel so maybe you can help. Wife wants to see Vegas on the way too.
End of Feb we hit the road for L.A. (permanant move) and we are kinda torn between what route to take from Northern Indiana to L.A.
80 basically is the Northern Plains route. Goes across Iowa, Nebraska, Utah and down into Nevada etc.
40 takes us through Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, N. Texas, NM, AZ then we can shoot up 100 miles and still catch Vegas. I wanna see area 51 also.

I'm not looking forward to the first half of either route.
Which route would have more COOL NATIONAL LANDMARKS??? I keep thinking that the Southwest route (40) would be the funnest.

Does anyone know of any sites that would give me a rundown of what to look out for on either route?

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-17-2007, 12:22 PM
 
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Northern plains in February? Doesn't seem like a good route to me. I'd stay south, storms up there can close the roads.
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Old 12-17-2007, 12:49 PM
 
Location: FULCI LIVES!!!(but not in Indiana)
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Northern plains in February? Doesn't seem like a good route to me. I'd stay south, storms up there can close the roads.
Ah, you are correct. I think I've taken everything BUT that into consideration. Just found out that route 40 is basically the new route 66. With that being said we will most likely take the southwest route.
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Old 12-17-2007, 04:35 PM
 
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Well, a few things:

Area 51: It's a long ways from ANYthing. Check your maps and mileages before you commit to heading up near Rachel.

Highway 40 is good! I've taken it from Albuquerque to LA. I've also taken highway 70 as well. I would say, if there's no snowstorms (and the roads are clear) Take i-70 to 15 south. Much better scenery.

If you REALLY have some time to kill, take i-70, then head down through Utah (Moab, Escalante, Torrey, etc.)

If you do take i-70, watch between Green River UT and Salinas UT, as there's a section with no gas between the two. About 120 miles.

Have fun!!!
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:40 PM
 
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For scenery I would take I-70. Drive through the night for the first couple of days so you have plenty of time to pull off the road once you are in Utah and and check out Arches, Bryce and Zion--some of the most spectacular scenery in America. I-40 is near Santa Fe, though.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:48 PM
 
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Maybe head straight south first to I-10 and take that all the way? I don't know. I just thought of that because you really need to stay far south during February.
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:36 PM
 
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The time of year is tough for travel through the mountain areas, but I-70 is beautiful if you can get through it. Further south and off the interstate is US-160 which can be taken west from I-25 at Walsenburg, CO. This highway takes you through some beautiful country in southern Colorado, eventually going into Arizona near "Four Corners." From there you have several options:
1) head west to the Grand Canyon, then south to I-40 in Williams, AZ, then west to Kingman, AZ, where you will head north to Las Vegas before taking I-15 south to California
2) head west to US-89, then north into Utah's Color Country (Zion & Bryce Canyon), then head west across the mountains to I-15 to head south to Las Vegas
3) head north into Utah to see the sights (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, etc.), then head west toward I-15
4) head south to I-40 for the quickest way west to Las Vegas or California.

There is so much beautiful scenery to see in all these areas that it's hard to recommend one "best" route. Many of the time I've traveled that direction, I've taken a different route than the other times, just so I can see more of the scenery. I still have a lot to see, even though I've taken quite a few different routes.

If taking I-40 west, turn north on US-93 in Kingman, AZ to head up to Las Vegas.
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:13 AM
 
Location: FULCI LIVES!!!(but not in Indiana)
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Thanks everyone!!! Wow, I have alot of decisions to make

I see that i40 is actually the old route 66, or basically the same route. I wanna see those big Dinosaurs from Pee Wees Big Adventure and that's in California but the town's not on any map, starts with a Caba...something.

Theres just way too much to see on all routes, but I think (to avoid snow) we will take i40 all the way. We'll branch off it here and there to see things though.
If I cant get to area 51 then Roswell will be fine. Thats about 100 miles south of i40.
Really wanted to see Utah, but I dont thing I'll be able to this time around.
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:51 AM
 
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I put this in the L.A. forum because I know alot of you travel so maybe you can help. Wife wants to see Vegas on the way too.
End of Feb we hit the road for L.A. (permanant move) and we are kinda torn between what route to take from Northern Indiana to L.A.
80 basically is the Northern Plains route. Goes across Iowa, Nebraska, Utah and down into Nevada etc.
40 takes us through Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, N. Texas, NM, AZ then we can shoot up 100 miles and still catch Vegas. I wanna see area 51 also.

I'm not looking forward to the first half of either route.
Which route would have more COOL NATIONAL LANDMARKS??? I keep thinking that the Southwest route (40) would be the funnest.

Does anyone know of any sites that would give me a rundown of what to look out for on either route?

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!
I think I would go to Vegas by way of I 80 and come back on I 40. On I 40 you can got off on the old U.S. 66 and see the sites And see something new going and coming.. Don't about the weather you can run into on I 80
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Old 12-18-2007, 04:59 PM
 
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I-40 to Highway 168 in AZ north to Grand Canyon National Park. Then 89 north to 59 East which will take you to I 15. 15 East to Vegas. Continue east or south on 15 till LA.
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