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  1. Just a minor comment from a St. Louisan on one...

    Just a minor comment from a St. Louisan on one point:

    The morning commute in St. Louis really isn't that bad outside of a few limited areas which a native should be aware of and know how to...
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    I would recommend Pappy's for St Louis Barbecue. ...

    I would recommend Pappy's for St Louis Barbecue.

    I also recommend out-of-towners stop by Ted Drewes, but that would probably not mesh well if you just ate at Pappy's (or Bogart's).

    (This is,...
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    Once, many years ago, when I was younger and more...

    Once, many years ago, when I was younger and more energetic than I am now, I did a straight-shot from Boulder, CO to Los Angeles, alternating with one other driver - this was about 1000 miles. We...
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    Don't worry about driving on the 'wrong' side

    FWIW, I just recently got back from my first experience driving in the UK (on the other other side). It takes about an hour to get used to driving on the other side - and if you are driving on the...
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    Agreed. Also, how much time will you be...

    Agreed.

    Also, how much time will you be spending in St. Louis? If just that first night, I would suggest a side trip (either before or after the Arch, but probably before) up to the Old Chain...
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    Given your time frame, I'd pick one of the major...

    Given your time frame, I'd pick one of the major cross-country backbone routes: I-40, I-70, I-80 (pick depending on which is most interesting to you) and take a bit more time to explore along the...
  7. For the SF part, what are you interested in...

    For the SF part, what are you interested in there? You won't need a car if you are primarily interested in the CBD, Chinatown, North Beach, and so on. If you want to go a little more out of the...
  8. In my defense, I did preface that with saying...

    In my defense, I did preface that with saying that it was a personal (and highly biased) opinion.

    Jon
  9. Just a few comments from a highly biased source. ...

    Just a few comments from a highly biased source. (For full disclosure, I really do not like Las Vegas...)

    I'd consider shifting your time a little bit. 5 days in Vegas would be near torture for...
  10. It Depends

    What is your timeframe? Is your goal speed or do you intend to wander?
    As for 1), I wouldn't reserve ahead unless you are traveling during an especially heavy season or special event (e.g., when my...
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    Not to pile on, but I echo the advice here to...

    Not to pile on, but I echo the advice here to seriously rethink this. I have done things like this in the past and have always regretted it (Evanston, WY to Salina KS solo and Boulder, CO to Los...
  12. Amusingly, my wife and I will be on our own trip...

    Amusingly, my wife and I will be on our own trip to the UK and likely passing through Chester in a couple months.

    Just a thought:

    Are you set on Phoenix as the destination for your flight? In...
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    Babler State Park might also work - it's a bit...

    Babler State Park might also work - it's a bit further off the Interstate and a little less convenient, but a shorter drive on Day 1.

    Jon
  14. June 1: Met my parents with our daughter...

    June 1: Met my parents with our daughter mid-morning in Truckee and turned the car around to head East. We were heading for Moab, so decided to take US-50 across Nevada. Didn't want to push it, so...
  15. May 20: to the coast! We hopped over to Santa...

    May 20: to the coast! We hopped over to Santa Barbara and strolled along the pier and walked through the sand. After spending the morning in Santa Barbara, we headed up to Solvang for lunch and...
  16. Very Belated - STL to CA and back May/June 2012 w/ 5 year old

    A quick summary of the outcome of a roadtrip planned on this site - I don't mean to bore people, but I just wanted to assure you all that your input helped.

    May 13: Driving day. Left St. Louis...
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    Joe, I am not trying to be difficult, but what...

    Joe,

    I am not trying to be difficult, but what is "essential viewing" depends on your interests. For example, I am a mathematician in my day life and I like to try to stop by MSRI in the Berkeley...
  18. Brown County (Nashville (IN - not TN) or Columbus...

    Brown County (Nashville (IN - not TN) or Columbus (IN - not OH)) might not be a bad choice between Louisville and Chicago for a stopover given your stated interests. Both have small, pleasant...
  19. Either way works, but I like the Western side...

    Either way works, but I like the Western side better to go by Emerald Bay.

    Jon
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    As they say, any day where you learn something...

    As they say, any day where you learn something new is not completely wasted.

    I got the car and was on the road by 8:15. It turns out that you can get from Miami, OK to the Dallas Convention...
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    Going to try

    That's more or less the same calculation I made - I am glad that it seems reasonable. I have a colleague on site who can cover for me for a bit if needed, so I am going to give it a try.

    It's...
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    On my way to Dallas after stopping for dinner in...

    On my way to Dallas after stopping for dinner in Joplin (thanks glc!), my car broke down on I-44 in Northeast OK. I am currently in Miami, OK. There is a car rental place across the parking lot...
  23. I am a St. Louisan - some of my favorites from...

    I am a St. Louisan - some of my favorites from the region:

    The Old Chain of Rocks bridge, an outdoor brunch in the Central West End, a concrete at Ted Drewes, and barbecue at Pappy's.

    As an...
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    glc, Buck: Thanks so much for the responses -...

    glc, Buck:

    Thanks so much for the responses - sorry to take so long but work has been very hectic.

    I considered doing a stopover in Joplin (and I know any money into the local economy will...
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    St. Louis to Dallas - Logistics Question

    Hi all,

    I still owe a trip report for the four-week Western trip this Spring (and thanks to everyone here for heir help), but I was wondering if I could get a bit of advice on a quick trip from...
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