This is some basic information and it is rather dry but valuable. I will create an itinerary next and it will be far more interesting.
President Eisenhower created the Interstate system in America in the 1950’s. We have some amazing highways that are safe and in good shape to travel from one coast to the other. Along these highways you will find “rest stops” where you can pull over to park, picnic and use the facilities. If you are on a tight budget you can sleep in your car. Technically it is unlawful to sleep in the rest areas but travelers do it from time to time to save money. If a highway patrolman came along and said anything you could move to the next one. Just tell him you were feeling sick and decided to pull over for a few minutes.
Along the highways in America are frequent exits where you can stop at hotels and restaurants. From my perspective, the problem or the downside of our Interstate system is that they bypass the towns and cities---which of course is the purpose of our Interstate system. It is intended to be the quickest way to travel across America.
That is my commercial for our interstate system. Now—with that said our state highways –which are different from out Interstate system go through the towns. They are far more scenic and take you through small towns. This is much slower and will take you twice as long to cross the country. Taking the state roads rather than the Interstate system you will see more.
Interstate 80 goes across America and will take you through— California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, you can then cut up to New York.
Interstate 70 goes across America and will take you through— Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, you can then cut over to New York.
Interstate 40 goes across America and will take you through— California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina
Interstate 10 goes across America and will take you through—California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
Depending on the time of year may dictate which route is the best. In October, you should not have any trouble with any of these routes.
You do not have to stay on one interstate. It is easy to move from one to the other.
Most people who do not live in the US come to visit and stay in some of our major cities- LA, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami and New York city. If you are going to make the drive across America you must know that most of the United States is farm land. You are going to travel across a lot of wide open spaces.