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  1. Default Houston to Seattle Retirement Trip

    I am traveling from Houston to Seattle in January 2012 and want the fewest delay possibilities due to adverse weather in mountain passes.

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    Default Planning with current conditions.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    The only way to do this is to check the current weather forecasts and road conditions just prior to leaving and while on the road. If you are in a hurry you still need to allow for a minimum of 4 overnight stops, and an extra day available incase you do run into poor weather would be most helpful.

    Safe travels.

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    I-10 to Ca. - I-5 to Seattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRH View Post
    I-10 to Ca. - I-5 to Seattle.
    Not necessarily. That also puts you through the heart of Los Angeles traffic.

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    Not only does it go through LA, even if you bypass the city via US-395/CA-58, you're still looking at about an extra half day of driving vs. the more direct interstate route of going up I-45/I-35/I-135 to I-70 in Kansas, then I-25 at Denver to I-80/I-84/I-82.

    If there is bad weather is in the forecast along the most direct route, you could look at I-10/I-5, but there is plenty of potential of bad weather both along I-10 (from West Texas to Eastern Arizona) and I-5 (especially in Northern California and Oregon). In general, your best bet in winter is to take the shortest route, which gets you to your destination fastest, and reduces the number of days where you could see bad weather.

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    The most direct route is actually US-287 out of DFW to Amarillo, then US-87/64 to Raton to pick up I-25. This is 100 miles shorter than I-35/135/70. It's not Interstate, but much of it is near-Interstate quality and the rest of it is decent fast road if the weather is good.

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