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  1. Default San Francisco to Atlanta in Mar/Apr

    hi all,

    we're planning for a road trip from SFO to Atlanta in mar/apr.
    Looking to drive through on I-40 passing through Arizona, Texas, Newmexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas

    Other option is to go through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kentucky, Tennesse on I-80 but this is 200 miles longer.

    Any suggestions on what to take? Have a 2 yr old to keep in mind.
    Also any tips on taking breaks and go sight seeing?

    Thanks in adv!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default direct

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Well, without really knowing what you are looking for, I guess I don't see any reason not to do the shortest route via I-40. Of course, if there is something along the more northern route that you want to see, or if you wanted to see things farther south, you could also look at taking I-10/I-20 through cities like Phoenix and Dallas, which adds about 100 miles to the I-40 option. In any case, you're looking at roughly a 2500 mile trip, and you should plan to spend at least 5 full days on the road.

    Of course, any time you are traveling a long distance - especially with children - we always recommend stopping to get out of the car every few hours. Here is a great list that provides a sample of the places that would fit that bill quite nicely no matter which way you go.

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    Thanks for the quick response.
    we're more interested in looking at nature than big buildings/downtowns etc..
    The list you've provided is great.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    The fastest and most direct route from SF to ATL is whatever works best from your home to I-5, CA-46/CA-99/CA-58/I-40/US-78/I-20.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default How much time ?

    Is this a one way or a return trip and how long have you got to complete the journey ?

    It would really help to know if it is an A to B trip with a couple of detours off Interstate or whether it is a holiday with time for some exploring.

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    This is going to be one way..
    we've approximately 10-12 days for the travel.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default a big difference

    That really makes a big difference. As mentioned, you can do the trip pretty comfortably in 5 days. Having twice that amount of time really gives you a ton of options. You really could go any way you'd like without any noticeable difference in travel time.

    You also can either do short trips each day, or spend a day on the road, and then take the next day off, or mix things up. But you really have lots of options, and almost any place within the US is within your reach, so have some fun and look for things you'd really like to see or do.

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