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  1. Default Los Angeles to Boston Dec. 16th! Need help!

    I am moving back to Boston Dec. 16th and I'm trying to find the best route to take. I need to be back by the 22nd and want to take a southern route.. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks bunches!

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    You are looking at 3000 miles, figure 6 days at 500 miles a day.

    There is no "sure" routing that will avoid the possibility of bad weather, but the best compromise between shortest distance and mountain avoidance is this:

    I-210 or I-10 out of LA to I-15
    I-15 to I-40 (Barstow)
    I-40 to I-44 (OKC)
    I-44 to I-70 (STL)
    I-70 to I-71 (Columbus)
    I-71 to I-76 (Akron)
    I-76 to I-80 (Youngstown)
    I-80 to I-81 (Hazleton)
    I-81 to I-84 (Scranton)
    I-84 to I-90 into Boston

    This would make your overnight stops as follows:

    Winslow/Holbrook, AZ
    Amarillo, TX
    Joplin/Springfield, MO
    Indy
    Clearfield, PA

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    Default 3 options

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    There are 3 main options that are all roughly the same distance (+/- 50 miles).

    I-15 to I-80 to I-90 through Chicago and Salt Lake City.

    I-15 to I-70 to I-76 to I-80 to I-90 via Chicago and Denver

    I-40 to I-44 to I-40 to I-70 to I-71 to I-90 via OK City, St. Louis, and Indianapolis

    The last of those is the most southern, but that doesn't mean that its less likely to see bad weather. Even going farther south, via I-10, I-20, I-30, I-40, and I-81 through Phoenix, Dallas, and Nashville could result in seeing icy or snowy conditions. That southern most option would add about 200 miles to the other three options. In winter for cross country trips, adding miles generally just adds to your potential of seeing a winter storm.

    With 7 days at your disposal, you should have plenty of time to make this trip, and you can even afford to waste a day if you do see bad weather. Check the forecasts frequently while you're on the road and you should do just fine, no matter which option you choose.

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    My recommendation was very similar to your 3rd option, but with one rather important difference - I-90 from Cleveland to Syracuse is a very high risk option in the winter due to lake effect snow. I'd rather take my chances on I-80 through PA, or even take the PA and NJ Turnpikes - to the Garden State Pkwy, across the Tappan Zee, I-287 to the Merritt and Wilbur Cross to I-91 to Hartford, then up I-84.

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    Default With glc on this one

    I'd side with glc on this one. Though I'm not a fan of I-84, I'd rather take that route than to be stuck in some of the frequent, freaky snowfalls that upstate New York gets during the average year. Another option is to take I-78 from I-81 in Pennsylvania, over to I-287 in New Jersey, up I-87 and then into New England from there.

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    Excellent point.

    For as much discussion as we have about the various routes across the Rockies, its easy to forget that the Great Lakes area, especially upstate NY, is actually the most likely spot to see snow in the US.

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    If you are going to take the PA Turnpike to Carlisle and then up I-81 to I-78 to I-287, you could stay on 287 over the Tappan Zee to the Merritt. The other option is the Thruway to 84.

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