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  1. Default Cross Country Road Trip Chicago to Los Angeles

    I am in the very early stages of planning, so I am open to any suggestion. I am from New Orleans and my friend is living in NYC. I figured meeting in Chicago so we could attend a day at Lollapalooza Fest, but I am open to suggestions.

    Here's the tentative itinerary:

    Day 1: Chicago to Des Moines, Iowa 5.5 hours
    Pass through Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney
    Day 2: Des Moines to Cheyenne, Wyoming 10 hours
    Day 3: Cheyenne to Denver 1.5 hour
    Hit up Boulder, CO and spend the day hiking
    Day 4: Denver to Salt Lake City, Utah 8 hours
    Day 5: Salt Lake to Vegas 6.5 hour
    Spend a night in Vegas
    Day 7: Vegas to LA 4 hours
    Spend a night in LA

    And possilbly drive to San Francisco from LA 6.5 hours

    Has anyone driven parts of this trip? Suggestions on places to add, places we should skip would be awesome. Should we add an extra night in certain places?

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    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    What's the reason for going to Salt Lake City? That's a significant detour adding a couple hundred miles to the trip between Denver and Vegas, it also would take you away from some amazing scenery and amazing national parks located near I-70/I-15.

    I'll also say that your travel times are all way too optimistic. None of them account for even the most basic of stops or slowdowns for food, fuel, traffic, etc - so they will all take at least an hour or two more than you've got planned.

    Otherwise, you've given us a list of cities, but not much else. Right now, I just see a plan where you are basically doing a sprint across the west, without time to stop and see much anything, other than your planned stops in boulder and vegas. What are you hoping to get out of this trip?

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