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  1. Default Williamsburg, VA to Seattle in mid/late February

    We will be moving with two vehicles and maybe 2 cats. What would be the most recommended route? Thanks in advance.

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    Default You Have a Couple of Options

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    There are two roughly equivalent (in terms of miles and time) routes from Williamsburg to Seattle. You should familiarize yourself with both of them and be ready to make a final choice just before departure based on up-to-the-minute forecasts.

    The first would have you heading up to Washington and then taking I-70 to the PA Turnpike and westward on the toll roads through PA, OH, and IN. After getting around Chicago, you'd stay on I-90 the rest of the way to Seattle. For the second you'd first head west on I-64 to St. Louis, get on I-70 to Kansas City and there use I-29 and NE-2 to connect with I-80 west all the way to Salt Lake City. From there, use I-84 up into WA and I-82 to connect with I-90 into Seattle.

    There are even alternatives to those routes such as using I-68, I-79 and I-70 from central MD through Indianapolis and then I-69 up to Chicago to avoid the toll roads. But all of those routes and variations are only about 150 miles different in length, hardly meaningful on a trip of about 3000 miles. You should plan on at least seven days for the drive - six days minimum for the driving and a day to spare in the event that you do run into some bad weather and need to sit it out for a while.

    AZBuck

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    I think Buck made a typo, I-69 doesn't go anywhere near Chicago and I-65 isn't a very good alternative, it puts you into bad traffic and tolls.

    There are even alternatives to those routes such as using I-68, I-79 and I-70 from central MD through Indianapolis and then I-69 up to Chicago to avoid the toll roads.
    From Indy, you would take I-74. At Bloomington you have a choice - take I-39 to I-90 (not completely toll-free), or stay on I-74 to I-80. At Omaha you can stay on I-80 or take I-680 to I-29 to I-90.

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