Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Default Moving from Miami to Seattle early September- first time driving cross-country

    Hello everyone, been browsing around this great site and could not find any thread of someone driving cross-country during early September. My wife and I will be driving from Miami to Seattle in our honda civic the first week of September, after labor day; we want to avoid the heavy traffic on the highways. The route that we have planned so far is passing thru Memphis, Albuquerque then Grand Canyon using I-40 then, head north to Salt Lake City then I-84, I-82 and I-90 to Seattle; driving for at least 10 hours everyday until we make up north, trying not to take longer than 5 nights on the road. Any suggestions and advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advanced :)
    Last edited by AZBuck; 08-15-2014 at 02:29 PM. Reason: Map removed: It had no data

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default A Bit Too Much

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    The route you have planned would take every second of the ten hours a day for six days that you say you have available. That leaves NO time for the Grand Canyon or any other stops along the way. If you can't stop to see it, there's really no point in driving to the Canyon and you can significantly shorten your drive by going more directly from Memphis to Seattle, or even more directly from Miami to Seattle. In either case you can save a full day's worth of driving, have a more relaxed journey, and have a little time to actually stop a few places along the way to see something.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Extra time available ?

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    By going to the Grand canyon as described you are adding around 350 miles to the shortest route. That's going to take all of 6 days of driving for 10-11 hours per day with time for basic stops for food, bathroom and rest stops. Add to that half a day to visit the GC,[ I presume you would like to see it after going all that way ] and the possible need to take a break and have a shorter day on the road and I think you will find that at least one extra day would be real beneficial to make those extra miles anywhere near worth it.

  4. Default

    Thank you for the advice! We' ll see if we can add another day or two to the trip. Now, do you guys suggest we take another route? Maybe something more direct/scenic?... Also, do you have an idea what kind of weather we may come across?.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    To only spend 5 nights on the road, you have to take the most direct (fastest) route - which is:


    Overnights will be in/near:

    Macon GA
    Paducah KY
    Lincoln NE
    Laramie WY
    Twin Falls ID

    The only way you will be able to do any sightseeing or have any fun would be to add some days.

Similar Threads

  1. First time trip in early September
    By EmilyDaee in forum Planning Summer RoadTrips
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-06-2012, 01:47 PM
  2. First Time driving cross country please help
    By dcrush4th in forum Planning Summer RoadTrips
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-27-2010, 06:26 AM
  3. Moving and Driving Cross Country Boston-Seattle
    By GMP in forum Fall & Winter RoadTrips
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-08-2009, 03:50 AM
  4. Seattle to Boston via Route 2- early September
    By lelliceci in forum Fall & Winter RoadTrips
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-10-2007, 06:54 PM
  5. long island NY cross country in early september.........
    By DUSTY in forum Off the Beaten Path
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-05-2007, 06:09 PM

Tags for this Thread


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  • Find the Perfect Hotel
    Search RoadTrip Motels
    Enter city name