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Old 10-23-2012, 04:22 PM
 
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I am driving from NY to SLC next week. It should take 36 hours!! Has anyone on here made a trip from the east coast? I have never driven across the country. I am trying to do 10 hours a day but will have to see. I should be leaving Tuesday.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Utah
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You didn't post your route so I will advise you to be careful and check ahead if you're traveling I-80 through Wyoming or I-70 through Colorado. Road conditions can be dicey this time of year. Call 511 on your cell phone or use a State's 511 website for more info. Please don't drive drowsy. Have a safe, uneventful trip....and welcome.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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10 hours a day is very long especially on your own and not enough break times !!!
Do not snack on too many sweets !!!

So ditto on the warning from eggalegga. !!!
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I am driving from NY to SLC next week. It should take 36 hours!! Has anyone on here made a trip from the east coast? I have never driven across the country. I am trying to do 10 hours a day but will have to see. I should be leaving Tuesday.
Ten hours a day with one person driving the entire way sounds like a nightmare to me. If it's going to take you over three days anyway, why not cut it down to eight hours and day and end up arriving later the same day? We wouldn't want you to end up not making it at all!
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: The other side of the mountain
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My inlaws drove from OH to SL in a couple of days. Granted, they switched off between 3 drivers but they said they would NEVER do it that way again. Take some time, we will still be here
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:50 PM
 
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Okay, maybe 10 hours a day is not realistic. I have never done a trip of this length so I can't even imagine. My mom may be coming with me and flying back but it's still not confirmed. Good point about the icy roads. Will they be hilly roads? That's probably a silly question, although I don't know!

What do you think the cheapest hotels are?



5. Turn right onto the Northern State Parkway W ramp
0.3 mi

6. Merge onto Northern State Pkwy
3.8 mi

7. Take the exit onto I-495 W
15.1 mi

8. Take exit 31 N-S for Cross Island Parkway toward Whitestone Bridge/Kennedy Airport
0.2 mi

9. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Cross Island Pkwy N/Whitestone Br and merge onto Cross Island Pkwy
3.4 mi

10. Take exit 33 for Interstate 295 toward Throngs Neck Br/Bronx/New England
Toll road
0.4 mi

11. Merge onto I-295 N
Partial toll road
3.9 mi

12. Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-95 S
5.3 mi

13. Continue onto Interstate 95 Upper Level S
Entering New Jersey
2.5 mi

14. Continue onto Interstate 95 Express S
2.6 mi

15. Slight left onto Interstate 80 Express W
4.0 mi

16. Merge onto I-80 W
Partial toll road

Passing through Pennsylvania
Entering Ohio
388 mi

17. Continue straight to stay on I-80 W (signs for Cleveland)
4.6 mi

18. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-80 W and merge onto I-80 W
Partial toll road
Entering Indiana
354 mi

19. Take exit 21 for I-80 W/I-94 W toward IN-51 S
0.9 mi

20. Merge onto I-80 W/Interstate 94 W
Entering Illinois
16.1 mi

21. Continue onto I-294 N/I-80 W
Partial toll road
6.8 mi

22. Slight right onto I-80 W (signs for Iowa)
Partial toll road
145 mi

23. Continue onto I-280 W
Entering Iowa
26.6 mi

24. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-80 W/US-6 W and merge onto I-80 W/US-6 W
Continue to follow I-80 W
152 mi

25. Take exit 137A on the left to merge onto I-235 W toward Des Moines
14.6 mi

26. Continue onto I-80 W
Passing through Nebraska, Wyoming
Entering Utah
1,051 mi

27. Take exit 124 for State St/US-89
0.3 mi

28. Turn right onto U.S. 89 N/S State St
2.9 mi

29. Turn left onto E University Blvd
0.2 mi

30. Turn right onto S Main St
16 ft

Salt Lake City, UT
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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I drove here by myself from NY in 4 days/3 nights. It's doable, but if I had the time I would have liked to take an extra night so I could see more along the way. Try to make an effort to stay in out of the way places because your car will probably be packed with stuff, which is an easy target. The places I stayed in during my 3 nights were: Middlebury, Indiana at the Patchwork Quilt Inn (cheap last minute specials, close to the highway but out of the way), Atlantic, IA at some random farmhouse bed and breakfast that I can't remember the name of, and Laramie, WY at the Comfort Inn (not out of the way, but my car was fine).
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:24 PM
 
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I drove here by myself from NY in 4 days/3 nights. It's doable, but if I had the time I would have liked to take an extra night so I could see more along the way. Try to make an effort to stay in out of the way places because your car will probably be packed with stuff, which is an easy target. The places I stayed in during my 3 nights were: Middlebury, Indiana at the Patchwork Quilt Inn (cheap last minute specials, close to the highway but out of the way), Atlantic, IA at some random farmhouse bed and breakfast that I can't remember the name of, and Laramie, WY at the Comfort Inn (not out of the way, but my car was fine).
cool thanks for the recommendations!
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: SLC
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We drove from Ohio this Summer. Stayed in St Louis, Denver en route. Generally speaking, we have the strategy of staying in big cities (nice dinner options, good hotels at cheap-er rates through Hotwire/Priceline).

If your route goes via Denver, one thing I'd recommend is to consider taking the I-70 to US 40. Bit slower and longer but a beautiful drive - and raised our spirits and excitement of moving to Utah! I am sure we could have done it faster on the interstate, but felt it was worth it. Also, gave us time to see a part of Utah we might not have seen anytime soon. That said, if you are just trying to minimize time, maybe it is not a great idea...
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:52 AM
 
Location: east millcreek
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You are smart to take 80 across Wyoming instead of 70 thru Colorado. I have driven to central KS about 35-40 times and it is considerably quicker.
It is not as scenic, can be super windy and a the truck traffic is heavy. On the other hand, the truck traffic insures lots of plowing if it snows and lots of help if you get a flat or have car trouble.
My experience on 80 usually ends at Cheyenne where I pick up 25S and head to Denver so I won't comment on 80 east of there.
Personally, I love a road trip and don't mind 10-12 hours at a whack and the rest stops are well spaced to get out and jump around to wake up too!
Safe travels.....keep your smart phone/tablet handy for Pandora or your playlist as the radio station selection can be minimal. I enjoy the listening to the smaller local stations but,,,there is a limit to how many farm reports and reminders about a pot-luck supper at the Elk's Club I can take....

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