Which quick-cross-country routes do folks favor for the scenery and diversity of landscape? (Preferably something that will get me from SF to Raleigh in 5-6 days!)
Long version is as follows:
First cross-country trip, but have road-tripped before.
Time frame of 6ish days
Starting in San Francisco, CA, ending in Raleigh, NC
Love to drive, enjoy beautiful scenery, but get sick of the road/my seat/my own company by about day 3
NOT a fan of traffic, big cities, or strip malls
Dig off-beat roadside attractions and desolately beautiful landscapes
Since I'm both pilot and navigator, a relatively simple but interesting route is best. I appreciate changing and beautiful landscapes, but with a deadline, expect to be appreciating them through a windshield while driving by.
The most direct route for my destination seems to be to head south and get onto I-40 before driving straight across the USA, but I'm wondering whether it might be a more interesting route to take I-80 to I-70 to I-40? (but along which parts?)
So I'd would love to hear some opinions about which straight-across-quickly route has the loveliest and most often-changing scenery, from folks in the know!
Thanks in advance!