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  1. Default nyc to san fran via rte 80 - need advice

    we're traveling with our puppy from nyc to san fran may 7 - may 14, going via rte. 80 would love any advice - ie: good stops (for parks, puppy play, scenic nature etc), what is generally halfway point? one person will be driving first three days, someone else joining to drive next three days, and then we'll arrive below san fran on 7th day. where's best place to switch drivers and have them fly in and out of? cheyenne? any good "local" food places, good pet friendly lodging? any help would be appreciated!!!!

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    Default Nice pace over the seven days

    Quote Originally Posted by ahlienert View Post
    we're traveling with our puppy from nyc to san fran may 7 - may 14, going via rte. 80
    A very lucky puppy! Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum -- for starters read this week's article about traveling with pets --
    where's best place to switch drivers and have them fly in and out of? cheyenne?
    Seems reasonable to me.

    Mark

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    Default Other Considerations

    Yes, Cheyenne is roughly halfway, 1740 miles form New York and 1175 miles from San Francisco. Another possibility, depending on who's taking the first shift, is Kansas City at 1200 miles from New York and 1800 from San Francisco. Personally, I'd add a seventh day to this journey. The other thing to keep in mind is the cost of plane tickets. The cost of two one-way tickets using Cheyenne as your changeover point will be around $440, while using Kansas City reduces that cost to $265. It would be nice if there were a major hub airport with lots of competing airlines exactly halfway along your route, but alas, there isn't. Perhaps a better compromise might be Omaha, NE. It's on your route, 1240 miles from New York and 1670 from San Francisco, and the plane tickets could be had for $315.

    AZBuck

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    Default Omaha

    I agree that Cheyenne might not offer the best deals for flights, and Omaha might be a better option.

    Omaha is big enough that you get some competition, and its served by Southwest, which generally brings the cost of airfare down a bit. Its also a relatively small airport that you can get in and out of quite easily, and there have been several cases where I've seen tickets cheaper out of Omaha than Kansas City.

    Of course if money is a big concern, and KC is cheaper, its is a relatively short detour for your trip, and you should consider it.

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    thanks for the thoughts - also trying to figure out if calculating strictly by miles is most beneficial. ie: what if going thru one area of trip is super slow and other states you just fly through? we want to be more than halfway at our driver switch. what are other good stops along the way? (ie: parks and what not to let puppy run around and us getting to see good sites) thanks!

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    Default I've Said it Before

    And I'll say it again. There are great, underutilized resources available pretty much everywhere throughout America. These include National Wildlife Refuges, National Forests and state parks in addition to the more well known National Parks. Just a few of the many options available to you as you drive along I-80 are:

    Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
    Bald Eagle State Park
    Cuyahoga Valley National Park
    Resthaven Wildlife Area
    Pokagon State Park
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
    Goose Lake Prairie State Park
    Matthiessen State Park and Starved Rock State Park
    Lake Macbride State Park
    Rock Creek State Park
    Lake Anita State Park
    Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
    Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area
    Medicine Bow National Forest
    Bamforth National Wildlife Refuge
    Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
    Wasatch National Forest
    Timpie Springs Waterfowl Management Area
    Humboldt National Forest
    Rye Patch State Recreation Area
    Lake Tahoe State Park
    Tahoe National Forest
    Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

    All of the above are within 10 miles of I-80, in most cases within just a few miles of an exit. I would expect you can just watch for the signs but they should, for the most part, be marked on your maps.

    AZBuck

    [Editor's Note: Wow! That must have been a time-consuming excercise to gather all of those links! Excellent!]
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 04-27-2007 at 09:09 AM. Reason: commentary

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    Default East and West

    Quote Originally Posted by ahlienert View Post
    what if going thru one area of trip is super slow and other states you just fly through?
    Generally speaking, it will take a little longer to get across the eastern half of the US, because of more traffic and lower speed limits. Once you get west of the Mississippi, almost every state has a speed limit of 70 or 75, and there are far fewer urban areas to slow you down.

    That said, the difference over a full day of travel typically works out to only about 3 or 4 miles per hour.
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 04-27-2007 at 01:02 AM.

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