PCS: California to Virginia via I-40
This one is for all you military folks moving back and forth from San Diego (or Ventura) CA to Norfolk, VA. This guide also works in reverse if you are moving west. The overall route takes Highways 8, 10, 40, 81, and 64. Google says this is the fastest and most fuel efficient route. Each driving day will be approximately ~6 hours. 2,730 miles, 7 days. If you’re into travel hacking try to pick one hotel chain to stick with. I have one Hilton family hotel and one Marriott family hotel for each destination, as well as a La Quinta hotel because they are great for traveling with pets and generally a cheaper option.
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Day 1: San Diego, California to Flagstaff, Arizona

• Distance: Approximately 420 miles, 7.5 hours drive

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Petrified Forest National Park
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Day 2: Flagstaff, Arizona to Albuquerque, New Mexico

• Distance: Approximately 330 miles, 4.75 hours drive

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque
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The Grove Cafe & Market
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Sandia Peak Tramway
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Day 3: Albuquerque, New Mexico to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• Distance: Approximately 544 miles, 8 hours drive

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Hilton Garden Inn Oklahoma City Bricktown
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Cattlemen's Steakhouse
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Nic's Grill
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Cadillac Ranch
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Stafford Air & Space Museum
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Day 4: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Little Rock, Arkansas

• Distance: Approximately 339 miles, 5 hours drive

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Hilton Garden Inn Little Rock Downtown
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The Pantry Crest
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Brave New Restaurant
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Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill
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William J. Clinton Library and Museum
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Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
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Day 5: Little Rock, Arkansas to Nashville, Tennessee

• Distance: Approximately 349 miles, 5.25 hours drive

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Hilton Nashville Downtown
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Cock of the Walk
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The Farm House
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The Stillery
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
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Day 6: Nashville, Tennessee to Asheville, North Carolina

• Distance: Approximately 295 miles, 4.5 hrs

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Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
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12 Bones Smokehouse RIVER
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The North Carolina Arboretum
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Blue Ridge Parkway
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Day 7: Asheville, North Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia

• Distance: Approximately 406 miles, 6.5 hours drive

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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PCS: California to Virginia via I-40
This one is for all you military folks moving back and forth from San Diego (or Ventura) CA to Norfolk, VA. This guide also works in reverse if you are moving west. The overall route takes Highways 8, 10, 40, 81, and 64. Google says this is the fastest and most fuel efficient route. Each driving day will be approximately ~6 hours. 2,730 miles, 7 days. If you’re into travel hacking try to pick one hotel chain to stick with. I have one Hilton family hotel and one Marriott family hotel for each destination, as well as a La Quinta hotel because they are great for traveling with pets and generally a cheaper option.
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Day 1: San Diego, California to Flagstaff, Arizona

• Distance: Approximately 420 miles, 7.5 hours drive

Stay

Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff
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Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Flagstaff
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Tinderbox Kitchen
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Pizzicletta
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Delhi Palace Cuisine of India
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Petrified Forest National Park
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Lowell Observatory
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Coconino National Forest
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Day 2: Flagstaff, Arizona to Albuquerque, New Mexico

• Distance: Approximately 330 miles, 4.75 hours drive

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque
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Marriott Albuquerque
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Albuquerque West
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The Grove Cafe & Market
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El Pinto Restaurant
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Sadie's of New Mexico
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Sandia Peak Tramway
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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
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Old Town Albuquerque
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Day 3: Albuquerque, New Mexico to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• Distance: Approximately 544 miles, 8 hours drive

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Hilton Garden Inn Oklahoma City Bricktown
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Oklahoma City -Yukon
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Cattlemen's Steakhouse
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Nic's Grill
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Big Truck Tacos
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Cadillac Ranch
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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
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Stafford Air & Space Museum
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Day 4: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Little Rock, Arkansas

• Distance: Approximately 339 miles, 5 hours drive

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Hilton Garden Inn Little Rock Downtown
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Little Rock - West
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The Pantry Crest
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Brave New Restaurant
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Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill
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William J. Clinton Library and Museum
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Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
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Little Rock River Market
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Day 5: Little Rock, Arkansas to Nashville, Tennessee

• Distance: Approximately 349 miles, 5.25 hours drive

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Hilton Nashville Downtown
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Cock of the Walk
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Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
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The Farm House
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The Stillery
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
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Ryman Auditorium
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Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery
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Day 6: Nashville, Tennessee to Asheville, North Carolina

• Distance: Approximately 295 miles, 4.5 hrs

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Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
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Renaissance Asheville Downtown Hotel
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Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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White Duck Taco Shop
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12 Bones Smokehouse RIVER
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The North Carolina Arboretum
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Blue Ridge Parkway
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Day 7: Asheville, North Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia

• Distance: Approximately 406 miles, 6.5 hours drive

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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Virginia Zoo
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Norfolk Tides Baseball Club at Harbor Park Stadium
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LeGrand Kitchen
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Waterside District
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Navy Lodge Norfolk
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