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  1. Default Storrs, CT to Los Angeles

    It's a 2916 mile trip (Google Maps)... is five days enough? I'll be driving alone in a 2009 Yukon Denali (gas is gonna kill me lol).

    Also, is I80 or I40 more scenic?

    Thanks

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    Bob,

    I am sure others will be along with more specific responses to your questions, all I wanted to say is....

    I am right now in the middle of a 1000 mile round trip. Having done this many times before, had my plan down to a T....

    Until I struck some 200+ miles of roadworks, with speeds down to as slow as 25 mph.

    Leave yourself a bit of lee-way.

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    please, take I-80 (or 70) towards Denver, switch to the I-70, and then take the 15. I-40 is dreadful and the hotels are NOTICEABLY worse.

    I think five days is enough (although others on this board repeatedly disagree with me, even though I've done it once in 5 days and once in 4 and am planning a third trip). Gas will be fine and even if you're getting 15mpg I bet you spend less than $550.
    Last edited by AZBuck; 03-08-2009 at 08:06 AM. Reason: Good Neighbor Policy

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    5 days is a reasonable goal for this length of trip. You'll need to be on the road for about 10 hours a day, which is about the most we recommend for a multi-day trip, but its still a very obtainable goal.

    I don't think you really can go wrong with any of the routes, but I-80, cutting down to I-70 in Colorado would be my personal choice for scenery. I-40 is pretty nice though too, and much of it follows old route 66. I will disagree with Hoya in that you can find hotels without problems on either route, and since much of I-40 follows old 66, there are still some classic mom/pop places where you could stay that are easy to get to from I-40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    I-40 is pretty nice though too, and much of it follows old route 66. I will disagree with Hoya in that you can find hotels without problems on either route,
    Well, it m ight have been my own bad luck. This past summer though I took I-40 since I'd already done 80 and 3 of 4 nights spent on the road were truly miserable even though I was staying in well-reviewed comfort inn hotels. Again, may have been my dumb luck, but that was my experience.

    On the up-side, hotels along 40 are less expensive.

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    Hoya, your fixation on Comfort Inn is blinding you to other hotels. I don't see where I-40 hotels are any worse than any others. In fact, one of the best bargains I have ever stayed at is the Motel 6 in Holbrook, AZ on I-40. AARP rate was 40 bucks *including* tax and it was clean as a whistle, it even had free wifi. Room key got me a 10% discount at Denny's next door (and as Denny's goes, it was a decent one). Bottom line, with *ANY* chain of hotels, there are good ones and there are bad ones.

    My recommendation from Storrs to LA is this.

    I-84 to Scranton, I-81 to I-80 to cross PA. At Youngstown, I-76 to I-71 to Columbus. I-70 to I-15 to LA. 2970 miles, you avoid a LOT of tolls that way, and it's very scenic west of Denver.

    Overnight stops in or near:

    Akron
    STL
    Denver
    Richfield UT

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    Hoya, your fixation on Comfort Inn is blinding you to other hotels.
    I'm not at all blind. But people on a budget aren't looking for Hiltons, Marriots, etc. Comfort Inns, Fairfields, etc. are all good bets for hotels that are nice and comfotable while still affordable. I'm not a Motel 6 traveller so I can't give advice there.

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    funny, when I think of budget hotels, I certainly don't think of Hiltons or Marriotts, but I don't really think of Comfort Inns and Fairfields either. Both of those chains distinctly fall in the mid-priced category of motel chains and usually will run $60-80 a night. That's not to say you can't find good value or good deals at those places, but they are typically going to be more expensive than a Motel 6, Super 8, or Days Inn. Even in the "Choice" chain, Comfort Inns are in a more expensive tier than Econolodge or Rodeway Inns.

    I think the bigger point, however, is that there are several hundred motels located along I-40, and judging the entire route based on your experience at 3 motels within one chain just doesn't provide enough of a sample to offer any real perspective.

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    Amenities don't excite me when I'm simply looking for a place to get a good night's sleep. Motel 6 and Super 8 are plenty good enough for my tastes. I do get a bit upset when I stay in a bad Super 8 when I have to pay $50 plus for a room.

    Days Inn is not a budget hotel. That's midpriced. Days Inn and Super 8 are both Wyndham properties. Fairfield is a Marriott property.

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