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  1. Default Trip from Washington DC to Portland OR in mid December

    Hello all, my boyfriend and I will be driving across the country from DC to Portland in mid-late December. I will have about 10 days to a week to spend on the road and probably wanna stop and visit some places if possible. My major concern is the winter driving. Any suggestion on the best route?


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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    Welcome to RTA!

    The "best" route is the one that takes you to the places you want to see. There is no cross-country route that avoids bad weather, you will have to keep an eye on conditions as you go and adjust accordingly.

    The most direct route avoiding tolls is I-270/I-70 to Hancock, I-68 to Morgantown, I-79 to Washington PA, I-70 to Indy, I-74 to Davenport, I-80 to SLC, then I-84 to Portland. One notorious problem area is I-80 across Wyoming, it's subject to high winds, ice, and whiteouts. If this is the case, take I-29 out of Omaha to Sioux Falls, then I-90 to Ritzville, US-395 to Kennewick, then I-82 to I-84. In good weather, this is a full 5 day drive, allow a week to account for possible weather delays.

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