Hi all, I am headed to Portland OR from the east coast around August 15th. My goal is to arrive to Portland on the evening of the 21st or the morning of the 22nd when my apartment is ready. My brother lives in Smyrna DE and he is driving with me so our departure place will be either Smyrna DE or DC. Our goal is to see some neat stuff while not to far off the way. We are hoping to keep costs down as well but because I am moving and space is tight I don't think I can fit camping equipment so its looking like Motel 6 or Econo Lodges or something like that. Right now nothing is on our agenda as must sees but am looking for some suggestions about good routes. It is looking like I-80 is the way to go, any other thoughts? What is worth the stop for?
Hoping to hear from you soon.
**To clarify, I am shipping most of my things so my car which while it will be full of books and stuff will not have a trailer, nor will I have a U-haul. My internship is for my doctorate so while its my first full cross country road trip its not my first all together road trip (I have road tripped from DC to Minnesota for the past 5 years every summer). I wouldn't mind seeing some scenic stuff but I know if I try to drag my brother only looking at flowers and mountains he will kill me, so something exciting along the way would be nice. I have no idea if I should take a northern route (about I80) or below, not sure the advantages and disadvantages of both. However, I have to say I can become paranoid about the thoughts of running out of gas**