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Old 07-09-2018, 09:55 AM   #1
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Cross-Country east 2 west suggestions

I'm traveling east to west, beginning in Tennessee/Kentucky and ending in the Sacramento, California area. No schedule, looking to avoid hot weather extremes. I assume I take some route north of I80. I-90? I-94? I remember even the Dakotas get warm in August. What's a smooth route for a travel trailer?
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Good luck finding any cool weather, it's in the upper 80ļs all the way to Winnipeg, CA. Elevation is better than distance from the Equator, I'd get to the Northern Rockies as quickly as possible and then wander about a bit in those areas. Sadly, many interstates are in poor shape due to all the heavy truck traffic, you might enjoy using U.S. highways instead.
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BFlinn is correct, taking the northern routes will not assure cool weather. Maybe 2 degrees? Getting into the mountain and remaining there for a while is the best idea. As a landscape photographer you will have more then enough places to see and photograph without getting bored if you opt for this.
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Couple routes I'd take (I've traveled both these)


West I-40 > CA-58 (Barstow, CA)
West CA-58 > CA-99 (Baqkersfield, CA)
North CA-99 to Sacramento

West I-70 > US-50 (Salina, UT)
West US-50 > I-80 (Fernley NV)
West I-80 > Sacramento
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I would second the 70 to 50 route but will most likely not be cool (also other routes) this time of year. 50 is the lonely road but fairly easy except in one section, gas stations fairly far apart. We've stayed at Great Basin NP don't need reservations.
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If you have no particular reason to end in Sacramento I'd suggest finding some better scenic spots in higher elevations. That's where you'll find 'cool temps'. Aim for 7,000' and above.
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I40 to Clines Corner,
285 to Santa Fe,
84 through Chama, NM to Pagosa Springs,
160 through Durango to Cortez, CO,
491 to Montecello, UT
191/I70/191 to highway 6,
highway 6 to I15 at Spanish Fork, UT
At this point you can pick US50 to I80 or just go up through SLT to I80.


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Good luck finding any cool weather, it's in the upper 80ļs all the way to Winnipeg, CA. Elevation is better than distance from the Equator, I'd get to the Northern Rockies as quickly as possible and then wander about a bit in those areas. Sadly, many interstates are in poor shape due to all the heavy truck traffic, you might enjoy using U.S. highways instead.

Elevation is key, but you also need to watch wildfire reports. Just the smoke can be an issue.
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I'm traveling east to west,

beginning inTennessee/Kentucky and

ending in the Sacramento, California area.

No schedule,

looking to avoid hot weather extremes.

I assume I take some route north of I80. I-90? I-94? I remember even the Dakotas get warm in August.

What's a smooth route for a travel trailer?

My passions are landscape photography and zoos.
Let's get you to the Rockies - Elevation is the Key to Cool weather and Crisp nights.

Head to Hannibal Missouri take RT 36 across to Denver - then get into the Rockies - As easy as Peak to Peak or any of the Ski resort areas, -

RMNP and Grand Lake are fun - Leadville and 10,000 feet will COOL you off -

Steamboat - Buena Vista and the Collegiates - Maroon Bells - Ouray - Silverton - Alpine - Yellowstone area - Glacier - then just drive on out to the Heat in Sacramento. -

Elevation is the Key - If you need more Specific info you will need a More Specific Mission/Question. -

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