So I'm planning on driving out to Phoenix Arizona, starting from Worcester Massachusetts. I'll probably be heading out in about one week.
My first step was to check out Google maps, and try a couple modifications thereof. However, I don't want to just trust Google, or my interpretation of any map, so I figured I'd ask here if anyone has any suggestions. I figure my goal is to get to 40, I'm just not sure the best way to get there. I've never driven cross country before, so any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.
So, here is the initial route suggested by Google (well, the gist of it anyway).
90 through MA, NY, a bit of PA, and into Cleveland OH.
71 down into Columbus
70 from Columbus through IN into St Louis MI
44 from St Louis Into Oklahoma City OK
40 the rest of the way.
Google also suggested
84 to 91 down through CT to 95 into NY and NJ
78 /81 / 76 through PA
70 into Columbus – the rest of the way as above
What I didn't like about this was going down Stamford way towards NY/NJ. I driven down through there a few times, and it has always been a nightmare – Stamford in particular. Granted it has been a few years since I've been down there, but I'm still a little wary of it.
I modified Google's above route with:
84 down through CT into NY then PA
81 / 80 / 76 through PA into Akron
71 from Akron into Columbus
From Columbus, the rest of the way as above.
Any suggestions as to the three above routes? Also, any suggestions on places to check out on the way? I can't afford to spend a couple weeks making the drive, but I certainly do want to spend a day here or there checking out the country. To some extent I'm going to let the route determine what I might see, so I don't want to detour too much. I haven't really spent much time out of the northeast, so I'm sure there's plenty for me to see where ever I go.
Thanks in advance for any input!