road trip from NY to CS
Replies: 27 - Last Post: Sep 24, 2012 10:46 AM Last Post By: markharf
Sep 12, 2012 9:30 PM
road trip from NY to CSHi everyone,
I will have to do a road trip from Geneva NY to Fresno CA in January 2013. I was told by many people to go to the South first to avoid snow, then go across the country. But I don't know how to get there exactly. I will drive alone and I don't need to visit any cities along the trip. So, here is my questions:
(1)What route should I take?
(2)How many days does it take?
Thank you for your help.
Sep 12, 2012 10:02 PM
Sep 12, 2012 10:08 PM
2A southern-ish route is the best answer to Question 1. Here is one suggestion.
Question 2 is close to impossible to answer - is this a work trip, a vehicle re-location, or personal pleasure?
If you wish to enjoy it, then it should take you 12 days (250mi per day) - but you might be in more of a hurry.
Sep 13, 2012 12:22 AM
I believe the “normal way” is to take almost a month, drive one day then spend one to one-and-a-half days touring a site, then drive again. It’s been done a lot quicker and it’s been done a lot slower. It depends a lot on your preferences and budget. The record is something like 4-5 days, but those folks were last seen staring foolishly in the mirror and babbling Burma Shave rhymes.
Personally I would
- enjoy the sites of the NE (NY to Virginia) then
- drive like a crazy man setting a target such as St Louis, Nashville, Dallas or New Orleans and then
- I’d slow down again would enjoy Texas and/or the Southwest depending on schedule and budget
I’ve come to learn (through this site) that a lot of the popular SW destinations are actually high altitude destinations and therefore somewhat snowy, so be sure to check that out when making your itinerary.
Sep 13, 2012 6:54 AM
4Right, If you did nothing but drive 8 hours a day It would take you maybe a week, if not shorter. Of course no one actually does that, I've never heard of going south to get away from the snow, If you want to avoid mountains you'd have to go to Georgia, so there's really no way to avoid snow and go straight east to West.
Sep 13, 2012 7:16 AM
Sep 13, 2012 7:17 AM
6Since presumably you are accustomed to driving in snow and have winter tires, take Interstate-81 along the Appalachian foothills to Knoxville. Otherwise, drive Interstate-95 south to Georgia, then west to Knoxville. From Knoxville, Tennessee, you have a choice of driving further south to Interstate-10 along the Gulf, which should not have snow, or driving west on Interstate-40 to Memphis, which probably does not have snow, then dropping south to New Orleans and Interstate-10 west.
Interstate-40 west through Oklahoma, Texas Panhandle, and New Mexico has heavy exposure to strong winds and deep snow, including road closures overnight. Northern New Mexico's mountains are currently getting their first snowfall of the season -- the New Mexico ski resorts got more snowfall last winter than did Colorado's.
Sep 13, 2012 7:34 AM
Sep 13, 2012 8:42 AM
8Why are you driving across the the country in the middle of winter? Even the southern route along I-10 has exposure to bad weather conditions.
If you take I-95 South to I-20 then on west to Texas and pick up I-10 to LA and then up to Fresno is 3400 miles 60 hours driving. Average car gets 30 MPG on hwy, so thats 113 gallons @ $3.25 is $370 gasoline.
60 hours driving divided by 8 hour segments is roughly 7 nights of hotels @ $100 night. TTL $700 lodging
So not including food/car needs (Tires/Tune Up) its $1000 to drive this route. You can ship a car for less than that.
Sep 13, 2012 10:23 AM
9I drive in winter. In fact I don’t know a single American who gives up his car in winter.
Christmas, Thanskgiving, New Years, ski vacations. Lots of long distance travelling is done during winter months. Yeah sometimes folks have to delay their trips by a day or two, but then again some of the best times ever are had while being “snowed in.”
New Orleans entire Mardi Gras takes place while it is still technically winter, and winter is the high season both in Miami and in Colorado.
Is there a BETTER time to see Valley Forge or Washington's Crossing? If you can find a Chinatown, I guarantee you their New year's festival is on the new moon closest to the dead middle of winter.
The best way to see America is to fly from region to region and see each region by car, but that's true any time of year. If “one car all the way” is in your future don’t let a few snow flakes stop you.
Edited by: LongIslandBob
Sep 13, 2012 11:22 AM
Sep 13, 2012 11:38 AM
11I drive in the winter too, as does most of America, but not across the USA in the midst of snow, sleet, ice, cold winds and icy roads in the mountains, black ice, white outs and possible sub freezing temps.
Why does the poster want to drive this route, in these possible conditions, this time of year?
Sep 13, 2012 12:03 PM
Sep 13, 2012 5:59 PM
13This seems to be a one-way trip, so possibly the OP graduated from college in December/January and is returning home to Fresno.
Sep 13, 2012 6:46 PM
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