Road Trip USA

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    Mar 03, 2008 2:50 PM GMT
    Have any of you done a cross country road trip? I'm thinking of doing one this spring for about 10 days, but would like some advice on the two routes under consideration.

    1. Washington to Washington: west-east from Seattle to Detroit (along I-90 and US-20), followed by a "U" route Detroit-Nashville-NC-DC.

    2. Mississippi Route: Minneapolis-Chicago-Nashville-Memphis-Little Rock-Baton Rouge-New Orleans (and maybe Austin).

    I have friends who would do part of each drive and friends in some of the destinations, but would eventually stop in places where I'd be alone. Are there any places where safety might be a concern? What sights would you recommend along the way? Are the upper Rockies and northern plains still snowbound in spring?

    I really want to see big sky country, a rodeo (if any are going on in the spring), farm country, etc. I'm probably just feeling cooped up at the end of winter, but that's proving to be good motivation for the trip. 10 days may not be enough time to do the full routes, but I can figure out how to cut them down later. Looking forward to your suggestions.
  • auryn

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    Mar 03, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    Rent a car and fly back to cut down on time? I don't think 10 days is enough time for coast-to-coast, unless you plan on doing nothing but driving the whole time.
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    Mar 03, 2008 8:58 PM GMT
    I guess that was the one part I forgot to explain. I would be flying west and driving east. I would also have to fly to and from either end of the north-south route.
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    Mar 03, 2008 9:22 PM GMT
    Well, then, I hope all goes well. Also, I hope you're not travelling to these rural areas alone. Even in these days, there are some not-so-friendly places and I don't want to hear about some "strange fruit" growing on trees in Aryan Nation land.
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    Mar 03, 2008 9:33 PM GMT
    Auryn saidWell, then, I hope all goes well. Also, I hope you're not travelling to these rural areas alone. Even in these days, there are some not-so-friendly places and I don't want to hear about some "strange fruit" growing on trees in Aryan Nation land.


    Well, I can get one friend to travel with me from Seattle to Wyoming and another to do Little Rock to New Orleans, but I'd be on my own for the rest of either trip. Believe me, strange fruit is on my mind, but I won't let that scare me away from the trip.
  • swlaman82

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    Mar 03, 2008 9:41 PM GMT
    Safety wise I would be very careful in Memphis
  • auryn

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    Mar 03, 2008 9:52 PM GMT
    Cool well in that case, hit the internet and see what could be going on. I did find out that the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association is putting on a dance in March. I just love cowboys; the good looking kind, of course.

    http://www.cgra.us/cms_home/

    I'm sure you can find out about other attractions that aren't gay-oriented. I'm sure you'll have loads of fun and breathe plenty of clean air.
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    Mar 03, 2008 10:02 PM GMT
    I have traveled all the way to the west coast 6 times through the years, combinations of air and car, only once round trip in a car (I'll never do it again either !!! LOL !!) 10 days even flying part of the way isn't enough, if your going to cut yourself to just 10 days do the north south route, you need 3 weeks at least to do justice to a east to west trip even if a good share of the trip is by plane. more time for seeing and enjoying will prove your best bet, if the time is too short, you'll be in some mode of travel for most of your time cutting out what you can see. Have fun whatever you decide !!!! and be careful
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    Mar 03, 2008 10:31 PM GMT
    The Colorado Rockies can be pretty snowy until about Mid May. From the end of ski season to mid may there is a combination of snow and mud - best to avoid.
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    Mar 04, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    Thanks for the responses so far. I guess the north-south route fits my timeline better. Any recommendations on sites to see?
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    Mar 04, 2008 5:40 AM GMT
    Out of the 2 choices I would do the second one. I have traveled the entire US many many times, and you will find much more to do on number 2.
    In spring you may still hit snow on I-90. If you do, you could always head south to I-80 and take that east. If you do stay on 90, just a heads up, Montana is a HUGE state to drive across (I know, I've done it many times!). When you get to the eastern end of MT on I-94 and pass into North Dakota, you will pass through parts of the badlands. Very neat to see. That will pretty much be the last cool thing you see in North Dakota unless you count the world's largest fiberglass cow, which is conveniently located right off the freeway. Be prepared for lots of flat terrain. MN is pretty, and so is WI. The rest of the route sounds like a good trip.
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    Mar 05, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    Mississippi!!
    you're gonna have a great time man, only the drive by itself is worth ! sounds all safe to me! Very sweet people all along! Enjoy! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 05, 2008 9:53 PM GMT
    In 1995, I drove from Va.Beach to San Diego, mostly via I-40 out and I-70 back. Great stops along the way both routs.