I recently came across this site and I canít believe I hadnít found it sooner.
I plan on driving from my home in WA state to visit family and friends in upstate NY. Iíll leave around April 22 and will take a week or less to get there. After spending about a week and a half visiting I plan on taking about a week and a half to two weeks to drive back.
Like most people on this forum Iím interested in hearing ideas on routes and interesting places to visit.
But hereís the catch:
This trip will mark the 12th time Iíve driven from the west coast to east coast and the 14th time Iíll have driven from the east coast to the west coast. Iíve never taken the same route twice. Iíve been across I-94, I-90, I-80, I-70, I-40 and even I-10 (I donít mind going a little out of my way). West of the Mississippi I prefer to drive on two lane highways during daylight hours. Iíve crossed the west on significant portions of US routes 2, 20, 6, 30, 40, 50 and numerous state highways. A year ago I drove east on US 212 from Montana to the Twin Cities and west on US 36 from Indianapolis to its end in Rocky Mt. NP. I usually stick to the freeways if I drive at night but these days I avoid driving at night if I can. Iíll even try to hit a section or two of gravel road in one direction or the other.
I guess what Iím looking for here is some ideas on scenic highways I havenít driven yet. (Iím thinking about US 212 from Billings to Yellowstone if its open.) Some suggestions of good little mainstreet cafes that serve hearty breakfasts and light dinners would be nice. I like to stop and take 3 to 5 mile day hikes when I can. There must be lots of those out there. I like the odd ball attractions as well. (Carhenge is one of my favorites.) One of my favorite ways to take a break from driving and get some exercise is to find a disc golf course and play a round of frisbee golf. Maybe there are some fellow disc golfers out there who can recommend a favorite course.
My tentative plan is to take a more southern route east (I-80) and a more northern route west (I-90).
Help me out here I can't possibly be running out of places to see in this great country of ours.