In April I decided to take a cross-country road trip in my 2005 Mazda6 hatchback. It only had around 92,000 miles on it when I left New York, so still fairly decent condition. Over the next week or two I want to share with you some of my experiences along the way in more detail.
In the image you’ll see the route I took. Basically it was I-95 to I-66 to I-81, to I-40. Then I cut off I-40 to I-30 to cut down to Dallas, TX. Then TX-287 back to I-40 and then cut off I-40 again to go to Phoenix then I-10 into LA. Pretty long trip, about 3,000 miles. A breakdown of my stops are below.
- A: Left Brooklyn, New York on Sunday
- B: Stopped in Bethesda Maryland to visit my niece
- C: Roanoke Virginia: overnight at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center
- D: Knoxville, Tennessee to eat some lunch at Market Square
- E: Nashville, Tennessee: overnight at the Springhill Suites Metrocenter and visit some country music venues
- F: Memphis, Tennessee: visit Elvis’ Graceland and Tunica, MS for some gambling
- G: Little Rock, Arkansas: overnight at the Holiday Inn North Little Rock and visit the Clinton Library and Museum
- H: Dallas / Bedford, Texas: overnight at the Towneplace Suites Bedford, TX and pick up my friend at DFW Airport
- I: Amarillo, Texas: stop for lunch and see the Cadillac Ranch
- J: Albuquerque, New Mexico: overnight at the Hampton Inn Midtown / University and check out the Sandia Casino
- K: Phoenix / Chandler, Arizona: overnight at the Fairfield Inn Chandler Fashion Center and visit the Wildhorse Pass Casino and Premium Outlets
- L: arrive in Los Angeles California on Saturday and overnight at the Crowne Plaza LAX
If you make the drive straight, it takes about 50 hours or 5 days at 10 hours per day. I decided to spread out the driving a bit more and took a whole week, leave Sunday arrive Saturday so I don’t get too tired. I don’t recommend doing this trip alone if possible, since it can get a bit boring, especially once you’re West of the Mississippi River. There are many towns and cities on the East Coast, but once you get towards the West there’s hundreds of miles of nothing but desert. Luckily I had a great friend Andy who was willing to drive with me halfway through my trip, from Dallas to Los Angeles, and then he flew back.