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Cerlin:
Hey yíall! Just created my account a few days ago (college student who has a newfound interest in Interstates) so this is my first real post on here.

In January of next year, Iím taking a road trip to Colorado Springs from the OKC metro. Itís my first real road trip since moving out so Iím pretty excited since Iíve always wanted to visit the mountains in the winter. Iím a weather nerd by trade so I know for most, that wouldnít be an optimal time to do a road trip, but itís thrilling to me at least.

Iím curious for any suggestions on what to do on the way there and if my route makes sense. I plan to do the drive there in one day, stay for a few days, and then do the drive back in one day as well. I also wanted to take two separate routes as to see more of the country while also avoiding the Oklahoma panhandle.

There:
I-35 from Norman to OKC.
I-40 from OKC to Amarillo but driving on historic parts of 66 where they exist.
Stopping for lunch in Amarillo (I have family from there and want to see Cadillac Ranch)
U.S. 87 from Amarillo to junction with I-25
I-25 to C.S.

Back:
I-25 from C.S. to Denver
I-70 from Denver to Salina (I want a cozy inn burger)
I-135 from Salina to Wichita
1-35 From Wichita to Norman

Anything that would be cool to stop and see on either of those routes or anything that I should be weary of (other than Colorado in the wintertime)?

I appreciate any input!

JayhawkCO:

--- Quote from: Cerlin on November 03, 2021, 02:20:10 PM ---Hey yíall! Just created my account a few days ago (college student who has a newfound interest in Interstates) so this is my first real post on here.

In January of next year, Iím taking a road trip to Colorado Springs from the OKC metro. Itís my first real road trip since moving out so Iím pretty excited since Iíve always wanted to visit the mountains in the winter. Iím a weather nerd by trade so I know for most, that wouldnít be an optimal time to do a road trip, but itís thrilling to me at least.

Iím curious for any suggestions on what to do on the way there and if my route makes sense. I plan to do the drive there in one day, stay for a few days, and then do the drive back in one day as well. I also wanted to take two separate routes as to see more of the country while also avoiding the Oklahoma panhandle.

There:
I-35 from Norman to OKC.
I-40 from OKC to Amarillo but driving on historic parts of 66 where they exist.
Stopping for lunch in Amarillo (I have family from there and want to see Cadillac Ranch)
U.S. 87 from Amarillo to junction with I-25
I-25 to C.S.

Back:
I-25 from C.S. to Denver
I-70 from Denver to Salina (I want a cozy inn burger)
I-135 from Salina to Wichita
1-35 From Wichita to Norman

Anything that would be cool to stop and see on either of those routes or anything that I should be weary of (other than Colorado in the wintertime)?

I appreciate any input!

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First things first, welcome to the forum!  Exciting to take your first big road trip.  Your route obviously makes sense if you want two "traditional" routes (not taking every small state highway for instance).  One thing to realize is that the parts you're most likely to hit bad winter driving are maybe not the parts you think.  I-70 in eastern Colorado and western Kansas will easily make for the worst possible driving, more so than I-25 up against the mountains in CO.  Since there's not a damn thing out there, the wind and snow can be really bad.  It's also the area that is most likely to be closed because of weather, so I might recommend taking that way on your outward leg since obviously you'll know the day before whether or not the weather will be bad and can adjust accordingly.

Chris

Cerlin:

--- Quote from: jayhawkco on November 03, 2021, 02:25:01 PM ---
--- Quote from: Cerlin on November 03, 2021, 02:20:10 PM ---Hey yíall! Just created my account a few days ago (college student who has a newfound interest in Interstates) so this is my first real post on here.

In January of next year, Iím taking a road trip to Colorado Springs from the OKC metro. Itís my first real road trip since moving out so Iím pretty excited since Iíve always wanted to visit the mountains in the winter. Iím a weather nerd by trade so I know for most, that wouldnít be an optimal time to do a road trip, but itís thrilling to me at least.

Iím curious for any suggestions on what to do on the way there and if my route makes sense. I plan to do the drive there in one day, stay for a few days, and then do the drive back in one day as well. I also wanted to take two separate routes as to see more of the country while also avoiding the Oklahoma panhandle.

There:
I-35 from Norman to OKC.
I-40 from OKC to Amarillo but driving on historic parts of 66 where they exist.
Stopping for lunch in Amarillo (I have family from there and want to see Cadillac Ranch)
U.S. 87 from Amarillo to junction with I-25
I-25 to C.S.

Back:
I-25 from C.S. to Denver
I-70 from Denver to Salina (I want a cozy inn burger)
I-135 from Salina to Wichita
1-35 From Wichita to Norman

Anything that would be cool to stop and see on either of those routes or anything that I should be weary of (other than Colorado in the wintertime)?

I appreciate any input!

--- End quote ---

First things first, welcome to the forum!  Exciting to take your first big road trip.  Your route obviously makes sense if you want two "traditional" routes (not taking every small state highway for instance).  One thing to realize is that the parts you're most likely to hit bad winter driving are maybe not the parts you think.  I-70 in eastern Colorado and western Kansas will easily make for the worst possible driving, more so than I-25 up against the mountains in CO.  Since there's not a damn thing out there, the wind and snow can be really bad.  It's also the area that is most likely to be closed because of weather, so I might recommend taking that way on your outward leg since obviously you'll know the day before whether or not the weather will be bad and can adjust accordingly.

Chris

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Good to know, thank you. I'll definitely keep that in mind if it looks like the weather will be bad and I can call an audible if I need to take the I-25 mountain route instead.

JayhawkCO:
Just FYI, I-25 certainly isn't a mountain road, but it's just east of the Front Range, so a lot of the time, the snow and wind is blocked to some degree.  The only place notoriously bad for snow/wind on I-25 is Monument Pass just north of Colorado Springs.

Chris

Cerlin:

--- Quote from: jayhawkco on November 03, 2021, 02:58:49 PM ---Just FYI, I-25 certainly isn't a mountain road, but it's just east of the Front Range, so a lot of the time, the snow and wind is blocked to some degree.  The only place notoriously bad for snow/wind on I-25 is Monument Pass just north of Colorado Springs.

Chris

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Yeah, given the topography of the area I kind of figured as much, but it's good to know that, thank you!

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