I'll be driving my car by myself cross-country from LA to D.C. the first Monday in March. I have been doing a lot of research to figure out the costs/best routes/best places to stay. This is not exactly a pleasure trip (heading home to care for an ill parent), but I do have a bit of time (about 5 days) to make this trip and not have to go 12 hours a day, so if I can see a bit of the country in the process, at least it won't be a completely sad experience.
I'd like to hear input anyone has on this trip: most economical, most safe, cleanest, most fun route/options/suggestions that anyone can offer.
I've considered taking the I-10 > I-15 > I-40. I understand I'll hit a bit of Northern Texas (which apparently one should avoid?? No idea). I looked at places to stay in Amarillo, but I didn't find much good reviews in any of the places (except maybe Drury Inn but it's a bit costly). I think if I stay on the planned route, I could make it across with nearly $390 in gas, one way.
Also, the weather being what's it's been with the crazy storms, I'd like to avoid snow/etc. if possible. Though I love snow, I'd hate to be stranded in it in the middle of nowhere.
I have a compact car that only has 17.5 thousand miles on it. I'll be sure to change the oil and check the tires before I get on the road. I also have AAA and towing options.
That's about how far I've gotten. If you have any input on this, please share!