I'm so glad I found this forum during a google search! I've been poking around, but I still have a few questions to ask. Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge!
We (myself, my husband, and our 4.5yo son) will leaving from Cincinnati, Ohio for northern Arizona on Friday, October 22nd and plan to arrive on Monday, October 25th. The return trip will be from southern Arizona (Tucson, to be exact) to Cincinnati, Ohio and we need to be back in Ohio by Sunday, November 7th. Our time in Arizona is booked with sightseeing, a wedding shower (the whole point of the trip), visiting family, etc... so we're just looking for driving recommendations.
As for any worries about our son...he's a pretty good traveler. We've been doing the drive from Cincinnati to Boston for three years now, 2 to 4 times a year. While that's a shorter route than this trip, he handles it well and we're prepared to do this one.
Soooo.....to the questions. We're looking to see stunning vistas along the road, but also to experience cheesy road trip sights that will entertain us (and our son:)) and make for great family photos...just stuff to keep us cheery:) I've posted a few possibilities for highways. Any advice and any additional comments about places to stop/views to see is much appreciated! I've read AZBuck's "Putting Our Recommendations to the Test," and that's been fantastic. I'm also looking though to hear about the smaller landmarks and fun places to stop, and which routes you all prefer.
On the way TO Arizona, the Google Maps route shows to travel Interstates 64 to 44 to 40. We're thinking of adding 4 or 5 extra hours and picking up Interstate 70 after 64 to see the sights through Colorado and a bit of Utah. (When to head off of 70 in Utah and down to AZ....not sure....seems there are a couple of possibilities)
Any advice on I-40 vs I-70? Is it worth traveling I-40 and trying to pick up any of the old Rt 66 that's still around? Would we hit any snow on 70 through Colorado and Utah in late October?
On the way FROM Arizona to Ohio, Google Maps proposes Rt 25 up through New Mexico, then picking up 40. We've toyed with the idea of traveling the 10/20/30/40/65 route through Texas/Arkansas/TN/KY as we've never been to (or, through...) Texas, and we're dreaming of seeing some "world's greatest ribs" joint on the side of the road:) Another possibility is to travel I-10 through Southern Texas/LA/Miss/Alabama, but this would add about 7 hrs - almost a whole additional day of traveling.
Any advice on these three possible routes? Should we travel 40, the shortest rote back to Ohio, with the benefit of seeing the beauty of New Mexico? Is the 10/20/30/40 route through Dallas going to be fun Texas like we imagine or boring? Any benefit to adding those 7 extra hours to travel through San Antonio/Houston/New Orleans? We're a bit flexible on when we leave AZ to head back to Ohio, so if the extra travel is worth it, we can fit it.
Thanks so much!