As a child, you were dazzled with stories about people’s cross-country adventures. Those stories became locked in your memory. Every time you saw a map, all you thought about was traversing it behind the wheel of a car.
Then you grew up and met someone. You’re about to be married or just got married. And what better way to spend a well-deserved honeymoon than by driving from the East Coast to the West Coast? As part of our all-American series, we put together the best coast to coast road trip guide via U.S. Route 50. This is a long one, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
Ocean City, Maryland to Chillicothe, Ohio – 549 miles
Your cross-country journey will begin on the Eastern Seaboard in the Old Line State. Take your rental car on a 549-mile trek through Virginia and West Virginia, until you reach southeastern Ohio. It’s here among the rolling green hills you’ll find the town of Chillicothe. Pick up unique antiques for your new house at the Chillicothe Craft Mall and then see a nightly show at the historic Majestic Theater (the oldest continuously operating theater in the county).
Chillicothe, Ohio to Overland Park, Kansas – 688 miles
A mere 688-mile drive from Chillicothe will take through the Heartland before finally leading you to the friendly streets of Overland Park, Kansas. There are plenty of hours of daylight ahead of you, so be sure to hit up the downtown Farmer’s Market. Gather fresh produce, local goods, and then head to the Overland Park Arboretum for a lovely picnic. When the sun sets and your appetite returns, head 12 miles north to Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue in nearby Kansas City for the best BBQ of your life.
Overland Park, Kansas to Pueblo, Colorado – 577 miles
This leg of the journey will finally bring you to “the west.” The endless expanse of prairies and farmland give way to the high desert terrain of southern Colorado. Pueblo sits on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and is a perfect pit-stop during your honeymoon. A self-guided tour through the Union Avenue Historic Commercial District will take you back to the 1880s. After art-gazing at the Art Alliance Center and dinner along the Arkansas Riverwalk, take in a musical act at the Pueblo Symphony. Sounds like a full day to us.
Pueblo, Colorado to Ely, Nevada – 715 miles
Bye, Colorado. Bye, Utah. Hello, Nevada. Ely is another town that’s a throwback to the Wild West days of cattle rustlers and train robbers. If you don’t believe us, check out the Old West village at the Ely Renaissance Society—you’ll think Billy the Kid is just around the corner. And while you’re here, you don’t have to worry about busting your honeymoon budget. Movies at the Central Theater and nights at the Hotel Nevada are more than affordable.
Ely, Nevada to Sacramento, California – 450 miles
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final leg of your journey. A fun 450-mile drive across the Nevada desert on “The Loneliest Road in America” is all that’s left. Why’s it called that? Because the closest thing to civilization in any direction might be the International Space Station. Stop in Placerville for a night at the Cary House Hotel to rekindle human relations. Polish off this honeymoon road trip with a celebratory/romantic/any other cheesy adjective you can think of with a dinner at the Firehouse Restaurant in California’s capital city. The chef’s tasting menu might be the best meal of the trip.
There it is. Our essential guide to road tripping from the East Coast to the West Coast. Romantic. Exciting. Spontaneous. All-American. It has it all. Pack the car and say goodbye to your friends and coworkers for a few weeks. This one might take a while.
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