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  1. Default Providence, RI to San Francisco

    Hi, I'm relocating to San Francisco from Rhode Island & planning to do the cross country trek with my boyfriend & our dog. We want to leave sometime this week, probably Wed the 24th. We decided to go a southern route (95 to 40) making the assumption that the weather will be "better". I realize now that that may not be true. We were on a time schedule until a job I had lined up fell thru. My traveling has been limited to California, Florida & the Northeast. So I definitely would like to do some stops along the way. The only one we've planned on so far is the Grand Canyon. I was just looking for some advice, opinions,suggestions,recommendations... Thanks, Christine.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Cutting to the Heart of the Matter

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    You are currently getting hammered with winter weather (and Oh how I miss it!). But the real problem is you're just on the edge of being able to see what the weather might look like around Christmas. At this point, and I must emphasize that this is subject to change. It looks like your best route would be I-80 across northern Pennsylvania, I-71 in Ohio to cut down to I-70, than after St. Louis take I-44 and I-40 westward, finishing up using CA-58 through Bakersfield to get on I-5 to San Francisco. The main thing, though, is that you'll need to keep an eye on the forecasts as they improve over the next 5-6 days and make your final decision only once you've got the best information you can get. You generally want to keep your route short and avoid any precipitation in near or below freezing temperatures. That's what the route I suggested does, given the information currently available. Any route you choose will give you plenty of opportunities to experience parts of the country you haven't seen before, and most routes don't differ by all that much in total mileage. So pick the one that offers you the best chance for a safe journey at the time you make it.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default take it as it goes

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Since you're no longer on a tight time schedule, I'd recommend taking the extra time and see the things you probably won't be able to easily see again.

    I-95 to I-40 certainly isn't the shortest option, and it certainly can see winter weather, but that doesn't mean it won't work for your route. If there are things along that path that you want to see, like the Grand Canyon, it could be a perfectly good options. And if you do hit winter weather, slow down and/or stop, and just let that experience be part of your trip too.

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