I will be moving to Corvallis, OR in August to start college. I don't plan on spending too much time on the road. According to google maps it takes 1 day and 13 hours to reach my destination. I plan on stopping to sleep either in a hotel or just in the car. So this trip will probably be around 2 days. possibly 3 or 4 if you convince me to stop and see some stuff! :)
Bottom line though, I'm looking for the most gorgeous route. No flat and boring driving. :)
I am looking for some advice on the route I should take. I am from Chicago Heights, IL. but I lived in Boulder, Colorado for a year.
When I drove to CO., I took I-80 West. On that trip I went through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, a little sliver of Wyoming, and of course Colorado. For some weird reason google map doesnt show that route going through wyoming but I'm almost positive we did. Oh well.
I see that there is a similar route from Chicago Heights to Corvallis. It's I-80 W and I-84 W. I would be going through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and Oregon.
I am turned off by this route but also interested as well. Let me explain:
I find iowa incredibly boring to drive through! Same goes for Nebraska. And I remember driving through Nebraska and it feeling like it would never end.
On the other hand, I have never driven through Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, or Oregon. I'm wondering if these are beautiful states to drive through.
Google maps offer two other routes.
1.) I-94 W and I-90W
This route would bring me through Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Washington, and Oregon.
CONCERNS: I read somewhere that Montana is a 9 hour drive! Also, that Eastern Montana is flat and boring. I've also heard that North Dakota is boring. As for Wisconsin and Minnesota I have no idea. I have driven to Minnesota before but only to Minneapolis. I have also driven to Wisconsin but only as far as Appleton.
LIKES: I have heard that western Montana is absolutely gorgeous. I have googled a few pictures and it seems like there are mountains around which is nice. I have heard that Washington is also beautiful. I absolutely loved living 5 minutes away from the mountains in Colorado. So, so Beautiful.
2.) I-90 W
This route takes me through Illinois, Iowa, the bottom part of Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington and Oregon.
I'm not going to waste anymore of your time writing my likes and dislikes for this route. I'll just list what I DO like in a good road trip.
I like the mountains and running water like streams, water falls, and rivers. I like rocks. I like trees and the forest. I like big rock formations in the desert. I like hills. I also, like small town charm and Big cities.
Any of these things would be great to see.
I do not like flat, boring, drives. I do not like cornfields, etc... I know at some point there may be no way around it, but I would like to minimize the boredom if possible! haha! :)
I would greatly appreciate any information you may have for me. Thanks for your time. Feel free to ask me any questions.