Hi all. I was really glad to discover this site, and have been reading/researching it for about a week.
A friend and I are driving from the east coast to Los Angeles, and we have to make it in 5 days. We will be taking a flight back to the east coast after that. We are pretty psyched about the trip even though we don't have a lot of time for it.
After reading some of the posts, I learned that 5 days is going to be really tight for such a trip. I don't think we'll have time to check out anything at all, which is okay. This is our first time doing this, and we're a little bit intimidated by all the unknowns ahead, so any suggestion would be very helpful to us.
Here's our plan:
I will drive from NY to Pittsburgh to pick up my friend. It's a 5.5 - 6 hour drive, and it shouldn't be a big deal since I've done it over 20 times.
From Pittsburgh, we will be following
I-70 to St Louis, then
I-44 to Oklahoma City, then
I-40 to 93 and stop by Vegas, then
I-15 to LA area.
so we will be passing through Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texax, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, CA.
Google map estimated 37hours and about 2500 miles.
Time and safety are our main concerns. We're trying to do 8 to 10 hours a day. That way we will be able to make it in about 4 days from Pittsburgh.
Does this sound like a okay plan?
I also have some more specific questions,
1, Is it necessary to book our motels/hotels ahead of time?
2, which cities are good stopping point to stay over night?
3, Are there any good/safe rest areas along the way where we can sleep in the car (we're 2 dudes)?
4, Are there areas that have less gas stations? What are the gas prices for all these states?
5, how is the road condition for all the interstates?
There probably are a lot of other things I should be asking, so any tips or things we should be aware of are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance guys!