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  1. Default D.C. to Denver roadtrip/move

    Hello, I am moving out west to Denver, CO early September from the Washington D.C. metro area. I wanted to get some feedback on which routes to take that will make for some good stops on the way. We are thinking of making it ~4-5 day trip.

    St. Louis seems to stand out as a good place to stay, I am looking for advice on any other cool cities to visit on the journey. Any opinions are welcome. I'll be moving with my girlfriend, both of us are 25, but not necessarily only looking for late night fun scenes. Detours are an option as well, but we wouldn't want to stray too far off-route (we are considering going to Nashville).

    Thanks for all the feedback and help, we are beginners in traveling about the country.

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    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Welcome to RTA!

    You are speaking of a trip that is around 1650 miles, if you go via St Louis. That would make it 4 very comfortable days (without sightseeing), or add an extra day or two along the way if you want to see something.

    Your overnights could be Columbus/Dayton OH, St Louis, Hays KS, and then Denver. Dayton area has the Wright Brothers stuff and (if you are interested in planes and aviation history) the National Museum of the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It's open to the public; you don't have to be military to visit, and best yet, it's FREE.

    St Louis -- well, the Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion (at the foot of the arch), the Mounds in nearby Granite City, IL, the home of Scott Joplin the composer/pianist of ragtime, and more.

    Hays -- well, it's a great place to overnight as it has lots of motels and hotels to choose from, and plenty of restaurants. Before you get to Hays, you can stop at the Russell Stover Candy Factory, which I believe is in Abilene. There is also the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum at Abilene.

    Those are a few suggestions. But if you only want to allot 5 days to the trip, you'll have to choose one thing.


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