Early in September, I will be moving out from Northern Virginia to the Sacramento area for work and plan to take my car.
Using Google maps, I have come up with three routes:
1) Head north towards Ohio and catch I-80, and ride that all the way to Sacramento.
2) Head west on I-64 through West VA. and Kentucky and pick up I-70. Ride that through Denver into Utah. Then head north (on Rt. 191/6 and I-15 I think?) to Salt Lake City and catch I-80 again.
3) Head south on I-81 and then onto I-40 through New Mexico and Arizona. Then drive up the middle of California (Hwy-99 or I-5).
Does anyone have any opinions about the differences in scenery among the different routes to get there?
I plan on driving from 7-10hrs a day and wish to make the journey in a week, so I am trying to get the route with the interesting scenery foremost. Any sight seeing would have to be not too far from the interstates, though I could potentially see some nightlife in a city that's along the way.
I am leaning towards the second route with I-64 and I-70 through Denver, since that will cover the Appalachians and the Rockies, though I-40 will be along the Southwest with the former Rt-66 region and the Mojave. I have no clue which interstate has better scenery within eyeshot though.
As a side note, if I make good enough time I could perhaps stay in a town for another day. I was thinking either in Denver for the second route or seeing the Grand Canyon for the Southernly route.