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  1. Default Scottsdale, AZ to Baltimore, MD (northern route)

    good morning all!! so my girlfriend decided to move in with me, so we'll be driving across the country.

    we decided to take the northern route as some of our friends live that way,

    we've already gone to flagstaff and sedona, but we planned on going to the crater, four corners, moab.

    the cities we'll be stopping in is denever, omaha, chicago, indinapolis, columbus, then finally baltimore

    what are some MUST SEE/COOL things to see/do on that route? we plan on one week to complete the drive

    thanks! i'm excited to see what you guys have in mind!

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default The Downside of Staying With Friends

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Yes, believe it or not, there are downsides to free lodging. In your case two apply. 1) You often have to go out of your way to get that freebie, meaning more driving and less time to sight see. 2) Unless you want to be seen as an inconsiderate freeloader who just shows up, takes a shower, gets some sleep and then takes off with little more interaction than "Hi" and "Thanks, good-bye", you will have to spend a fair amount of time with your friends and offer them something in return for their hospitality, again cutting into your sight seeing time. What (1) means in your case is that you've upped your driving time to a full 5 days and what (2) means is that the other two days should be devoted primarily to your friends. You can ameliorate (2) a bit by letting your friends show off some of the sights of their town, for which you pay, thus killing three birds with one stone. But the upshot is you won't have a lot of time for major stops, just those needed for R&R.


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