In March I will be taking a road trip home to Indiana. I will be leaving from San Francisco. I have thought about taking the "Loneist Road in America" route, or taking I-80, my decision will be based on what things I can see along the way. Im looking for any suggestions from people who have traveled these routes. Any information or insite would be great! thanks!
US50/I-70 is a little more direct, and there are plenty of options for fun along the way. You can make side trips to see the southern Utah parks, visit some mountain resorts in Colorado, plus there are other attractions scattered along the way, all the way to Indy. Some of my favorites are the Gateway Arch in St Louis and Lincoln's Home and Tomb in Springfield, IL.
One of the easiest ways to find things to do is to grab an atlas or some road maps and trace your intended or proposed route to see what's there. You can also run internet searches easily for local attractions -- or use some of the trip planning softwares available -- they'll often pull up activities or sites to see for you.
Hwy-50 is very empty. It is also beautiful. The climb through the Sierras is gorgeous, and nicer than the one on I-80, IMHO. Also, 50 goes by Lake Tahoe. I have never taken 80 past Reno so I can't tell you about that, but there are many things to see on 50. Suggestions might include Carson City, which has the Nevada State Museum, two different Stone Age rock carving sites at Grimes Point and Hickinson Petroglyphs, and Great Basin National Park just south of 50 on the eastern end of Nevada. Also, the town of Eureka is just lovely.
If you want speed, 80 will be quicker, at least until you get over the mountains. If you want scenery, 50.
I would, however, keep a close eye on weather conditions. One or the other road may close as snow falls on the Sierras.
Feel free to e-mail me about this trip.
GOING BACK TO INDIANA
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY ALONE?
IN APRIL I WILL BE GOING BACK HOME TO INDIANA AFTER SPENDING THE LAST 7 YEARS IN LOS ANGELES.
IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG TRIP
JUST A MOM & 4 YOUNG SONS
As safe as you make it
There are some increased risks in being alone and out on a highway, but there are precautions you can take to minimize them, so don't be too timid! Use the search function on this site and run "women," safety, alone, etc and you'll come up with lots of information. Bob