In a couple of weeks three friends and I will be leaving San Francisco for NY. We'll leave late Wednesday night, and I'll need to be in New York by the following Wednesday so I can be at Law School orientation Thursday morning. I'm looking for *any* advice anyone can give me with regards to route selection. I'm not neccesarily looking for the quickest route, but something that would be interesting and worthwhile. None of us have ever seen much of anything outside California, so no matter what happens we figure the trip should be an eye opener. If anyone does have any suggestions, one thing to consider is that we're all young and willing to do stupid stuff like drive 48-hours non-stop in order to mkae this trip more interesting.
Thanks - ANY advice is GREATLY appreciated.
Shortest is about 48 hours
Congratulations on the Law School acceptance!
If you drove flat-out, (within reason) and only stopped for fuel, had good luck in 5 major construction zones and never stop for food/lodging you can cover the 2900 miles in about 48 hours. So, seven days provides ample time to stop and explore as you go.
Placerville is fun stop -- it used to be named "Hangtown", in fact I would leave I-80 at Auburn and take the very scenic road south (CA-49) past Cool and into Placerville and then follow US-50 over the Sierras into Tahoe. Just pass Carson City take a 4-hour detour and head north on NV-341 to Virginia City. Plenty of cool saloons and things to do (http://www.roadtripamerica.com/slides/vc/vc13.htm)
Returning to US-50 bomb on east on the "loneliest highway in America" stopping in Ely to check out the Steam railroad (http://www.roadtripamerica.com/wheels/elyrr.htm)
Join I-70 and cruise over to Grand Junction -- there is a very amazing mead winery (ya know -- fermented honey) on the east side of town (near Palisade) just west of exit 44, plus some of the best fruit in the world.
I-70 over the Colorado Rockies is the fastest and very scenic, but if you have time take US-40 north to US-34 and over the high ridge route in Rocky Mountain National Park. Ft. Collins is a college town... Continue on I-76 to I-80 or back to I-70 and pick up some cruising miles in Kansas -- Kansas City is another city with plenty of fun night life.
St. Louis Arch (ride the cars to the top of the arch)! 2nd Best margaritas in the world at Vivian's in St. Charles (http://www.roadtripamerica.com/eats/vivians.htm)
Indy and Columbus -- plenty of places to get wild. Pittsburgh, one of our favorite cities for architecture and good food -- check out the bra collection at Chiodos tavern (http://www.roadtripamerica.com/eats/chiodos.htm)
Chocolate Town -- Hershey, PA (http://www.roadtripamerica.com/signs/hershey.htm)
Most superb flounder (inexpensive!) and finest view of Manhattan -- (http://www.roadtripamerica.com/eats/liberty.htm) in Jersey City, New Jersey and you have reached NYC!
48 hours to cross the country seems absurd... It's good to know, though, if we get sidtracked somewhere I can make it to class from just about anywhere in under two days :)
It is absurd
It is flat-out nuts -- I have driven non-stop from LA to Washington DC in just a shade under 70 hours (but I had co-driver) and I was zonked for a couple of days. (Oh, I should mention, that we took a 700 miles sight-seeing detour along the way).
However, while you were posting -- I added a few places to consider stopping. The route listed above, can be accomplished in about seven days, depending upon how much time you spend hiking, sleeping and partying...
Mark - thanks a lot, that looks great. Anyone else with suggestions please feel free to stay within this previous post's themes of hiking and partying :)