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  1. Overall, I preferred the beer more in New...

    Overall, I preferred the beer more in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine than in Massachusetts. von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall, the beer is very good, so Stowe, VT, might be worth some time to while away...
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    Looks like a good pace. I traveled roughly that...

    Looks like a good pace. I traveled roughly that itinerary several times.
  3. Absolutely the sound decision in this instance!

    Absolutely the sound decision in this instance!
  4. If you or the special one in your life is dying...

    If you or the special one in your life is dying then my heart goes out to you. Just no need to speed up the process in attempting to make a cross-country dash. Assuming you are reasonably youthful,...
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    There is a hotel/motel right off the interstate...

    There is a hotel/motel right off the interstate and across the huge parking lot is a decent restaurant. Haven't been there in a few years but the best tamales ever.
    Super 8 by Wyndham Salina/Scenic...
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    Good option above by GLC! Or continue on...

    Good option above by GLC!

    Or continue on US-400 to Dodge City, La Junta, drive across southern Colorado (US-160) to Cortez. From there you have several options including additional national parks...
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    A good historical temperature source is:...

    A good historical temperature source is:
    https://www.weatherforyou.com/reports/index.php?forecast=pass&pass=normals&zipcode=92328&place=death+valley&state=ca&country=us&hwvRMon=May

    This will...
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    Shot #2, moderna, yesterday :)

    Shot #2, moderna, yesterday :)
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    Not to mention that if you make it a smaller loop...

    Not to mention that if you make it a smaller loop circle there are tons of places to visit, hike, explore, especially if you include any of the national monuments.

    Plus Utah Route 12, noted...
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    One general question would be whether you are...

    One general question would be whether you are camping, staying in motels or with friends.

    So, for your proposed itinerary here are some of the basics. A straight Google Maps, straight up highway...
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    Great country in those parts! My suggestion...

    Great country in those parts!

    My suggestion would be SLC to Bryce via Utah-12 from Torrey, UT down to Bryce. If you were to to that way, I would consider dropping a day in Las Vegas and staying at...
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    It is a bit more out of the way but I find it a...

    It is a bit more out of the way but I find it a more relaxing drive to avoid some of the bottleneck cities. I drove a similar route on the way to Acadia NP from Maryland a few years ago with stops in...
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    Could you put this in a map format for easier...

    Could you put this in a map format for easier visualizing?

    If in some cases you just want to check-off a state, I'd think of something like Albuquerque, NM to Amarillo, TX to Oklahoma City, OK.
    ...
  14. Wow, you flushed me full of memories like when my...

    Wow, you flushed me full of memories like when my wife and I camped at Prairie Creek Redwood SP campground in June 1982, what a great place. Cape Kiwanda is where I have had the good fortune surfing...
  15. A wonderful reading. Hoping to return to the...

    A wonderful reading. Hoping to return to the highways myself in August/September. One vax shot down, one to go... and still being careful. Looking forward to Parts 2 and 3.

    Sorry to read about...
  16. Even though this is a road tripping forum, I also...

    Even though this is a road tripping forum, I also ride the rails when it makes sense. If the Army is willing, I would explore options for a family type room on Amtrak from Hartford to Seattle. All...
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    Many areas now experience more snow and ice...

    Many areas now experience more snow and ice accidents than 30 years ago because of over confidence in AWD and 4WD driving and not realizing that stopping in not improved with either. Hence, faster...
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    My roadtripping minivan is also a Honda Odyssey....

    My roadtripping minivan is also a Honda Odyssey. It does rather well in all-weather, but is certainly not AWD, but it does have horsepower. The Toyota Sienna has an AWD option (not sure if that is...
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    LOL, most people are road tripping to Central...

    LOL, most people are road tripping to Central Florida to set up retirement housekeeping.

    In addition to all of the points made above, I will also chirp in on a couple of additional factors for...
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    Upstate NY is kind of undefined so for discussion...

    Upstate NY is kind of undefined so for discussion purposes I assumed Rochester and chose Arches NP. A couple of my upfront biases: 1) avoid Chicago and 2) generally prefer I-80 over the I-70 section...
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    Four days actually, but that doesn't leave much...

    Four days actually, but that doesn't leave much time for any alternative routing which would take longer or for making any touristing stops.
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    I am not a big fan of the Denver to St. Louis...

    I am not a big fan of the Denver to St. Louis stretch of I-70, so I almost always choose alternate routes such as I-80 (out of your way) or via US highways south of I-70, usually a route that takes...
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    Sticky: My observation for most of the fast food men's...

    My observation for most of the fast food men's rooms is be rather nasty. The women's rooms are not as bad (so I hear). There are some great rest areas with good, clean facilities on US-highways in...
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    Sticky: In addition to the coffee espresso bars, Target...

    In addition to the coffee espresso bars, Target and and to a lesser degree, Walmart, are sometimes options. Walmart is usually open 24/hrs a day so can provide some flexibility. But, Starbucks is my...
  25. This was confusing for years with I-95 being the...

    This was confusing for years with I-95 being the eastern beltway and I-495 beign the western beltway. Now it is all I-495. The road signs will likely steer you the eastern route, which isn't too bad,...
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