Hi, I've been reading this forum a bit, but there is so much information it is almost overwhelming! I finally decided the best way to find an answer would be my own posting. I am moving from the east coast to Sacramento in August and have decided to drive there. I am starting out in Boston and have a good idea of where to stop in between there and Chicago(I have friends to see along the way). Once I get to Chicago, though, I have to admit I don't have a feel for where to stop/how long to take. Ideally, the trip will take about 8 days. This is what I'm thinking (rt 80 for most of the way, but veering off onto 70 between Denver and SLC):
Day 1: Chicago ->Omaha
Day 2: Omaha -> Denver
Day 3: stay in Denver area
Day 4: Denver ->Moab national park
Day 4: MOAB -> Salt Lake City
Day 5: somewhere in between SLC and Tahoe??
Day 6: Salt Lake City (or wherever I am on day 5) -> Tahoe
Day 7: Tahoe/Reno area
Day 8: Tahoe ->Sacramento
While I don't mind driving, I have never been on a big road trip before. In addition, my mom will be meeting me in Chicago (and trading off with my friends who will be with me on the first part). She's excited for the trip, but wary of days with too much driving (i.e SLC to Tahoe in one day). I would really appreciate any advice for additional/alternate places to stop that wouldn't add more than a couple of driving areas. I'm particularly looking for ideas between SLC and Tahoe as well as Chicago and Denver. Maybe I could add an extra day and stop somewhere in South Dakota? Thanks for any help you can give me!