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  1. Default San Fran--Chicago on I-80

    Hi, all. I have to relocate to Chicago in the fall from San Francisco. Very depressing. I've decided to use I-80 to get there as quickly as possible. I've already done a roadtrip in the opposite direction using US-50/I-90 for most of the way to San Fran a few years ago. I was wondering if anyone can suggest some great places to stop along the way to Chicago. Even off the beaten path a bit (maybe 40-50 radius from I-80). Most importantly, good places to sleep (maybe a B&B), EAT!!, and natural or man-made sites. And ways to survive the drive through NV, WY and NE would be welcome. This trip will be at the beginning of September. Thanks.

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    Welcome!

    "As quickly as possible" while still being safe is 4 days, with overnights near Wells NV, Cheyenne WY, and Omaha NE. This would not really allow any time for sightseeing or any detours. How many days can you allow?

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    Yes, as safely as possible, so maybe 4-6 days. I wouldn't want to drive more than 8-9 hours per day. Include stopovers for leisurely lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Nothing hectic. Work is paying, so time is not a problem. Also, if there are US highways that are more interesting to travel down (I've done US-50), then I'm open to that as well.

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    Default Further afield ?

    For road trip attractions you can search for them in the tool bar above.

    (maybe 40-50 radius from I-80).
    You can do exactly this in the Map centre above.

    You want to get there as quickly as possible, but at a leisurely pace with perhaps a little exploring ? I get what you are saying but would I70 be a possibility ? Sure it might take a little longer, but if you can stretch it out to 6 days you could make it quite a memorable trip. Perhaps through Yosemite on CA120 over the Tioga pass and through Tonopah on US6, NV 395 [ET Highway] and across to Cedar City and I15 to I70. Zion NP, Cedar breaks NM, Arches/Canyonlands NP [Moab] Colorado NM, RMNP are a few suggestions as to where you could get of I70, which is a very scenic Interstate in itself. You won't get around them all but it could make for an interesting trip.

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    NV 395 [ET Highway]
    That's NV-375!

    If you go that way, don't forget Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. However, if you start adding all the wonderful Utah parks, you are going to quickly run out of time.

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    Default Doh !

    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    That's NV-375!
    Fat fingers are of no good use to anyone ! Thanks for picking up the typo and clarifying.

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