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Old 08-14-2015, 08:07 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! We're planning a trip in a few weeks to South Carolina. It seems we always take the route pictured on the bottom...interstate 40. Does anyone have any suggestions or impressions regarding the other two routes shown on the map?

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Old 08-14-2015, 08:34 PM   #2
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The dark blue one might be a little more scenic ('til you get to Kansas) and a nice change of pace.
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I-40 is very busy across the southwest and no fun to drive. I couldn't quite make out the other route other than the I-70 part. Perhaps it includes the "Loneliest Road", US 50 across Nevada and into Utah. We have often taken that road and prefer it. Just get gas anytime you can and enjoy Skull Valley in western Utah. Despite the name, we have seen no skulls. The I-70 portion from mid-Utah traverses desert in Utah and then crosses the Colorado mountains. Also traffic, but not as much as I-40. Once you leave Denver, the great plains await you and Kansas is, well, Kansas. Or you take US 50 again from Grand Jct., Colorado, cross the mountains, and see a quieter part of Kansas. On I-70 in Kansas, everyone is going somewhere else and trying to get out of Kansas as fast a possible, not so much of that on US 50.

I hope you have a good trip whatever you choose.

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try the north route. Just went to Memphis, Tn from Oklahoma city. I-40 from Litttle Rock to Memphis is horrible. It took 11 hours to drive 490 miles. Road work, and wrecks. For many miles Memphis to Little Rock has no exits. We sat for 1 and 45 minutes.
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There is another option for east of the segment you showed, so you can bypass the I-40 stretch between Memphis and Little Rock mentioned by 1Boyscout…

If you take I-40, get off I-40 onto US-287 at Amarillo, TX.
Stay on US-287 until you intersect US-82 at Henrietta, TX. This will take you around Dallas/Fort Worth.
Stay on US-82 until you intersect US-69 at Bells, TX.
Stay on US-69 until you hit I-20 between Lindale, TX and Tyler, TX.
Follow I-20 until you intersect I-459 at McCalla, AL.
Loop around Birmingham on I-459 until you rejoin I-20, all the way to South Carolina.

The only bad part of this route is passing through Atlanta, where traffic is a nightmare. But looping around Atlanta is even worse.
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Thanks everyone for all your help and input. Protaganist, you are right about Atlanta. We learned the hard way to avoid the bypass at all costs!!!!


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