This is my first time visiting and posting on RTA (this site is really great btw) I came across the site doing a Google search on driving cross country. My dad and I are taking our first vacation together in my 36 years of life we plan to drive across country roundtrip from Durham, NC to Los Angeles, CA and I must say that I am extremely excited.
I’ve mapped out a few different routes (via Google Maps), we thought about going to New Orleans, LA and staying a night there and that route has us continuing through Houston, San Antonio, a lot of desert looking land in Texas, Tucson, Phoenix, Riverside, Arriving in LA (I-85/I-65/I-10). We aren’t deadest on this route just something that we were thinking of doing. The other route was just taking I-85/I-40/I-10.
Coming back we were going to come back a different way. We were going to stop for a bit in Vegas, and stop off in Denver to see some friends. Google maps brings us Vegas, Denver, Topeka, KS, Kansas City, KS/MO, Belleville, IL, Lexington, KY, West of Blacksburg into NC (I-10, I-15, I-70, I-40, I—670, I-64, I-77, I-40, I-85), which is a lot of different roads.
I just want to be as practical with time and money as possible and I know that we may not be able to do all of this in 10 days. What would the best route be for us to take there and back? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. :-)