Hey everyone! I've actually been viewing and reading your website for about two years for past road trips I've done, but this one's a big one and I could really use your help!
I got a job that's sending me to Chicago for training, then relocating me somewhere in the South. My girlfriend, who's from Knoxville, flew out here because we've always talked about taking this huge road trip from California to Tennessee, and with this new job it's finally come true.
Now, sight seeing isn't a huge priority. I'm moving with about $120 in my pocket and a credit card I'm using strictly for gas. after researching I've found that the straightest shot would be I-80, but by the time we reach Lincoln, NE we start heading South in a really long bow. I was hoping any of you might now a short cut, perhaps using the 95 in Nevada, but I didn't know if it was worth it.
Still, since stopping for attractions isn't a huge priority, we'd at least like a pretty view as we drive. In your opinion, would taking the 80 provide more beauty, or the 40 (another route we were considering ). I'd hate to live in it, but I love seeing the desert, so I was considering that the 40 might be better for that, BUT I also love the mountains, so maybe the 80 is better.
Anyways, this request is probably already way drawn out. Any advice you could offer for the Redding to Knoxville trip would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!