My name's Paul, and I'm leaving tomorrow to drive from Los Angeles to Chicago. I have 5 days (give or take) to make the trip. I need to be as expeditious as possible, and am currently considering two routes. The first will take me through Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Nebraska before getting to Iowa, then Illinois. This one seems quickest, and also seems to cover more interesting states.
The second one I'm considering is a more southerly route that will take me through Arizona, New Mexico before taking me up to Kansas to Iowa. This one is 95 miles longer, probably more driving time, but has the added benefit of allowing me to visit the Grand Canyon.
Being from Alaska, I haven't ever driven across the continental US much at all, save for some road-tripping around the south when I was a kid and my drive down from AK.
So I'd like you guys to weigh in; in your opinions, which route will be cooler?