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  1. Default NY to San Diego in December

    I am driving cross country in December from NY to San Diego, and I need to know the best/safest route to travel by myself. I am not looking to sight see, I just need the safest, most direct route. Thank you for your advice!

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    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    The most direct route would be to us either I-78 or I-80/I-71 to get to I-70 through Columbus to St. Louis, I-44 to OK City, I-40 to California, and I-15 down to San Diego. It's about 2800 miles and requires a minimum of 5 days in good conditions for safe travel.

    Having said that, you should very much be looking at the forecasts. It's entirely possible that you'd see better weather by staying farther north on I-80 to Utah, or using I-70 through Colorado. Going down I-81 and then across through Nashville, Little Rock, Dallas, and El Paso could also be a viable option. All of those routes are about 100 miles longer, but that's not a big factor on a trip of this length. Being north or south isn't nearly as much of a factor as the specific forecasts for the time of your trip.

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