I'm moving to Chicago in about 10 days and I was wondering if anyone had advice on which route I should take.
I had originally planned on taking I17 -> I40 -> I44 -> I55, driving in 3 days & stopping in Tucumcari NM & Springfield MO, or maybe driving in 2 days & stopping in OK City, but i'm not sure if I want/can drive that much in two days. This is the route suggested by mapquest.
I plugged the trip into randmcnally.com and a few other trip planning websites though & they have suggested I17 -> I40 -> I25 -> I76 -> I80 -> I88.
I've never driven either of these routes so I was wondering which is more scenic ? Any ideas on what the time differences between the two are ? Does one route have more services/traffic than the other ?
I was also wondering if it would make sense to leave Phoenix & take 87 -> 260 -> 377 in order to get to 40 ? I've driven to Flagstaff on I17 before & was wondering if going up through Payson to Holbrook would be an interesting drive or is 17 to 40 much quicker ?