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East-West road trip the "scenic route".

Anyone done this? Which route did you take? Route 6, 50, Lincoln hw., to Chicago then route 66?

Don't care how long it takes, but I'd like to avoid 'I'-ways completely or as much as possible.

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Re: East-West road trip the "scenic route".

I once saw a documentary about two guys taking a North to South road trip. They pointed out that most of our major roads in America go East-West. They set out to drive from the Gulf to Toronto using only North-South secondary roads. It took them to some far out places.
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Re: East-West road trip the "scenic route".

I think US 83 is the North-South route to take, but that won't do me any good.
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Re: East-West road trip the "scenic route".

You could always just take a boat across the Hudson Bay, and drive through Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and into the Yukon.

I think you'd avoid a lot of traffic.

(I had to look at a map to make this joke---when the hell did Nunavut become a province?)

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Re: East-West road trip the "scenic route".

It's a territory, not a province. Plus, I'd need a sled, dogs, or a snowmobile.
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Re: East-West road trip the "scenic route".

You did say you wanted "scenic."
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Re: East-West road trip the "scenic route".

You might consider browsing the Roadfood forum for ideas on routes to take, and where to eat along the way. I specifically remember a thread devoted to driving U.S. 50 coast to coast a few years back, something I would be interested in doing myself someday since I live right by it.
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Re: East-West road trip the "scenic route".

It sounds like fun. I used to take motorcycle trips around the mountain west where I got up each morning and decided which way to go. I avoided interstates. I looked for the green dashed lines on the map. I especially looked for 10,000 foot mountain passes, but there aren't many of those for the first 2000 miles from Montreal.

There isn't much left of Route 66. Driving it is largely a matter of taking the interstate to a town, taking the exit and driving west along main street, and getting back on the interstate at the other end.

I suggest that you look at the Wikipedia section for US Highways.
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Re: East-West road trip the "scenic route".

roadtrippers.com can be a useful resource. I think it would be hard to avoid interstates completely. But in Colorado, I would suggest Hwy 160, along the southern end, hits some beautiful country.
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Re: East-West road trip the "scenic route".

Originally Posted by Ky-Fi View Post
You could always just take a boat across the Hudson Bay, and drive through Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and into the Yukon.

I think you'd avoid a lot of traffic.

(I had to look at a map to make this joke---when the hell did Nunavut become a province?)
About 17 years ago (I know, I was surprised when I found out last year), although eXcentris is right, it's a territory.
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Re: East-West road trip the "scenic route".

Originally Posted by wendersfan View Post
About 17 years ago (I know, I was surprised when I found out last year), although eXcentris is right, it's a territory.
Well, the way I see it, if Stompin' Tom Connors didn't write a song about it, I ain't recognizin' it.

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