I'm moving from San Diego to Boston this August and am seizing the opportunity to take my first cross-country road trip. I have 8 days to get across. My friend's coming along for the ride.
Given my time frame, are byways & two-lane highways still an option, or will I need to stick to interstates? Do interstates mean missing out on the best of the experience of the open road?
Some have suggested the south-westerly portions of Route 66 would be beastly hot, and strongly urge us to take a more northern route. But isn't pretty much the whole middle of the country blazing hot and sticky in summer? Would you guys recommend avoiding any particular states or regions in summer?
The truth is, I'd like to see the whole country, so I'm torn about which route to choose. Especially with only 8 days, and no idea when my next chance to do this kind of thing is coming. I'd love some input on which route to take. Is there one that's more "don't miss!" than another? I want to get the maximum fun and experience out of my 8 days.
Thank you all for any guidance, advice or gentle reality checks you can offer!