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    There are two separate sections. As usual,...

    There are two separate sections. As usual, Wikipedia has the best information:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_2
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    Another possibility: drive down the coast via...

    Another possibility: drive down the coast via Half Moon Bay and then visit the boardwalk in Santa Cruz. There's also the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park near Santa Cruz.
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    You might like to go into Google Maps and then...

    You might like to go into Google Maps and then its StreetView mode to look round at a few points along the roads. In StreetView mode you can drag with the mouse to pan and tilt the camera. To move...
  4. Using a car and motels will almost certainly be...

    Using a car and motels will almost certainly be significantly less expensive than an RV, although it depends on whether you will want to have a separate motel room for the children. RV rental costs...
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    In Google Maps when planning a route, as well as...

    In Google Maps when planning a route, as well as the technique of dragging points on the route, you can tick the "Show Options" > "Avoid Highways" box to stop it trying to put you onto the...
  6. Near the start of the trip from Rochester, if...

    Near the start of the trip from Rochester, if you've got time then I'd very highly recommend WI35 South from La Crosse to Prairie du Chien. It's one of the few roads which runs closely alongside the...
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    Yosemite National Park is about 200 miles east of...

    Yosemite National Park is about 200 miles east of San Francisco so it's a considerable diversion but an extremely worthwhile one I think. It's one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
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    If you could give the Smokies one more day then...

    If you could give the Smokies one more day then you could visit the Cades Cove area of the park. It's a beautiful remote valley with a large collection of pioneer wooden cabins and farm buildings....
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    You haven't mentioned any national parks - would...

    You haven't mentioned any national parks - would they interest you? As well as the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona, there are a large number of other great parks in the western states, including...
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    Sometimes Google Maps offers different routes in...

    Sometimes Google Maps offers different routes in the left margin - drift the mouse pointer over them to see what effect they have.

    Otherwise, you can drag one or more points on the route Google...
  11. Keep an eye on the CalTrans site at...

    Keep an eye on the CalTrans site at http://www.dot.ca.gov
    On the righthand side there's an option to check road conditions, enter SR120 and click the Search button.
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    I've only got a few possibilities for you but the...

    I've only got a few possibilities for you but the experts here will almost certainly have a lot more.

    I guess you know about the Stonehenge replica at Maryhill, with its excellent view over the...
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    I'll have a go at some of the questions but I...

    I'll have a go at some of the questions but I can't answer them all. They're good questions though and I'm sure the experts here will be able to give you some good responses.

    Do you mean...
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    OK, I'd favour that but let's see how it works...

    OK, I'd favour that but let's see how it works out...

    The mountain roads are actually not far off the direct route, so even though those roads are relatively slow, the reduced distance makes it...
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    I'll have to leave that question for other people...

    I'll have to leave that question for other people to answer because I've always nearly always used the Appalachian Mountains roads (Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains...
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    So that's about 1800 km (1100 miles) over three...

    So that's about 1800 km (1100 miles) over three days = 600 km (370 miles) per day. That seems fine until you start to think about where to stay overnight. I've been experimenting with various...
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    I make that latest route about 1800km, and most...

    I make that latest route about 1800km, and most of the way you can use interstate highways (but other, slower, roads will be much more interesting). Treat Google Maps' driving times with considerable...
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    That's a fairly punishing schedule, but certainly...

    That's a fairly punishing schedule, but certainly possible. IMHO you're very wise to build in a day for contingencies.

    Bear in mind that unless you specifically want to stop overnight in a city,...
  19. That depends (doesn't everything?!). If you...

    That depends (doesn't everything?!).

    If you just want something straightforward and inexpensive for the night then most towns of any size will have a few motels, some independent "mom & pops",...
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    The direct route using mainly the dreaded I-95 is...

    The direct route using mainly the dreaded I-95 is about 900 miles.

    If it was me, and I didn't have enough time for the scenic roads such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, then... Albany > I-88 >...
  21. Another vote here for Kennedy Space Center,...

    Another vote here for Kennedy Space Center, although it's many years since I visited it. My mother wasn't interested and was going to stay in the motel, but in the end she came and thoroughly enjoyed...
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    By the most direct route using interstate...

    By the most direct route using interstate highways it's over 1000km from Washington DC to Atlanta. Via Norfolk, Charleston and the coast roads the distance increases to about 1500km and quite a lot...
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    The obvious choice would be Needles, and Google...

    The obvious choice would be Needles, and Google Maps doesn't show much if anything before there. Needles has most of the usual motel chains plus some independents.
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    The NPS map http://www.nps.gov/common/commonspot/customcf/apps/maps/showmap.cfm?alphacode=zion&parkname=Zion shows that road as being paved until just before the reservoir. I drove up there once,...
  25. That's the one! Park at the visitor center and...

    That's the one! Park at the visitor center and ride the shuttle bus up the canyon to do the trails. Kolob Canyons is a separate section of the park, worthwhile but IMHO a much lower priority if...
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