Driving cross country USA

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    Jan 03, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    So a friend and I are driving across the US starting tomorrow. We are going from DC to LA and taking about 5-6 days to make the drive and are planning on stopping at the Grand Canyon for the day. Any suggestions for the trip? This is my first time driving cross country and I have heard it can be verrrry boring but also extremely memorable. Anyone else done it before? What were your experiences?
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    Jan 03, 2012 6:30 AM GMT
    bca525 saidSo a friend and I are driving across the US starting tomorrow. We are going from DC to LA and taking about 5-6 days to make the drive and are planning on stopping at the Grand Canyon for the day. Any suggestions for the trip? This is my first time driving cross country and I have heard it can be verrrry boring but also extremely memorable. Anyone else done it before? What were your experiences?


    I've done it many many times. If fact 40-45 times and about 1/3rd of those have been in the winter. And absolutely I have suggestions. The way you'd probably go really sucks plus you can hit some evil ice going across I-40 in Texas. First though, I've done a few vids of my recent trips. The one below is going the exact way you could go instead of the way you'd probably go. I did this one going from Columbus to LA in 2009

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    Jan 03, 2012 6:39 AM GMT
    The above vid applies the closest because it was shot in the winter. The others are summer and one coming this direction and the other heading up north from Columbus to LA, and I mean WAY up north. Too risky in the winter. However the one vid that I posted could easily be done because we don't have nearly as bad a winter so far as what I encountered that year.

    Remember that they put the interstates through where it’s easiest to do so, which means you miss almost everything. And the only bad problems I’ve had and multiple times has been on I-40 from the I-44 junction all the way to Albuquerque, New Mexico with terrible ice.

    My first trip was in 1972 to OSU in the Rose Bowl and I’ve done it at least once a year since.
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    Jan 04, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    I'd advise having good tires. Depending on your route preferably snow tires but at least a mixed treat that has a chance in snow and ice. You might need a set of cable chains too (?) depending on that route. I have done the x-country trips here in the USA a couple dozen of times and x-Canada several times even in winter when I was younger. Not so much anymore. I won't go east of the Front Range. Hope you like your traveling companion too. The wrong road tripper can make the trip less than fun. I always enjoyed the cross country trips. Good luck.
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    Jan 04, 2012 6:21 AM GMT
    Believe it or not, Oklahoma City is well worth a visit. The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum is outstanding.